Three Columbus natives were sworn recently as the newest officers for the Columbus Police Department.
Michael Beerwart, Brooke Clark and Clayton Nolting started initial training with the department in July.
All three officers are graduates of Columbus East High School.
Beerwart, 26, served in the U.S. Navy for five years and has an associate’s degree from Tidewater Community College. He was a police officer assigned to a street crimes unit for more than three years in Portsmouth, Va. He is married, and he and his wife, Allisha, have two children, Isabella and Matthew.
Clark, 25, has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, where she majored in psychology and criminal justice. She previously was employed as a criminal intelligence analyst with Indiana State Police.
Nolting, 27, has a master’s degree in forensic entomology from Purdue University. He previously was employed as a deputy coroner in Bartholomew and Marion counties.
Clark and Nolting will attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy starting Aug. 13, followed by the police department’s field-training program. Beerwart, who already has academy training, will start the department’s field training program in August.
The program pairs new officers with an experienced field-training officer to help them learn the city, local ordinances, increase their knowledge of state laws and teach them how to operate as solo officers.
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