Columbus Police Department has hired three new officers, all of whom already have attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and are certified police officers.
John T. Morphew, Danielle N. Stigers and Matthew T. Prendergast also are all graduates of Indiana University in Bloomington.
Morphew, 29, is a native of Columbus and a graduate of Columbus North High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Morphew previously worked for the Bloomington Police Department.
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Stigers, 22, is a native of Sidney, Illinois, and a graduate of Heritage High School in Broadlands, Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, sociology and Spanish. Stigers previously worked at the Indiana University Police Department.
Matthew T. Prendergast, 22, is a native of Highland and a graduate of Highland High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Prendergast previously worked at the Indiana University Police Department.
The new officers were sworn in by Mayor Jim Lienhoop during last week’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.
Each of the new officers will attend training classes over the next two weeks at Columbus Police Department before starting training on the street with a field training officer.