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New Warren police officers sworn in

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WARREN, Ohio -

On the heels of the Westerville shootings, a local police department welcomes three new police officers.

Safety is a clear concern of all officers these days and Warren's police chief Eric Merkel said it's now getting harder to find police officers.

He says years ago when he took the civil service test, there were 300 people. The last test, there were 35.

Three new police officers were sworn in Monday to serve in the Warren City Police Department.

It's a proud moment for them and for their families.

They know the potential dangers before them, but they choose to serve nevertheless. 

Chief Merkel said they take these tragic moments and try to learn from them.

"We'll be looking into this Westerville thing to see what happened with that as the facts come out, and we will adjust our training as needed," said Merkel.

Most of these men realized at an early age that they wanted to be a police officer.

New officer Tom Wire said, "Warren is always somewhere I've wanted to work, so when the test and opportunity came up, I knew I wanted to jump on it."

When tragedy strikes like it did in Westerville, they know they can't let their guard down for a second. 

"It just makes me appreciate everything outside of being a law enforcement officer a little bit more and it motivates me more to do my job better," said new officer Noah Linnen.

John McGinley, Warren city's third new officer, said, "It just motivates me more to want to work harder and train harder and to be careful at the same time."

"I trust he'll get the training he needs to be safe," said Katherine McGinley, John's wife.

The training is crucial for their safety and for yours.

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