Columbus Police Department has welcomed two new police officers.
Mayor Kristen Brown administered the oath of office to Ivan J. Schultz III and Douglas M. Martindale Jr. at the March 4 Board of Works meeting.
Schultz, 27, is a lifelong resident of Columbus and a graduate of Columbus East High School. He has an associate degree in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force.
He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a security forces member. He recently was employed as a loss prevention officer for a local retailer. Schultz and his wife, Carrie, live in Columbus, according to a city news release.
He will attend the 15-week Indiana Law Enforcement Academy beginning later this month. Schultz is expected to be patrolling by himself by November, the release said.
Martindale, 23, is a native of South Bend. He is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He worked as a part-time police officer for the Indiana University Police Department while in school. Martindale graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2012. Martindale and his wife, Nancy, live in Columbus, the release said.
He will immediately begin CPD’s field training program following new employee orientation. He is expected to be patrolling in a solo capacity by July, the release said.
“Both these officers are highly qualified and come to us with prior police experience. We are anxious to complete their training and get them on the streets,” Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix said.
CPD still has two openings, which are expected to be filled in June.