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County native joins city police department

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A new police officer was sworn into office for the City of Salem Dec. 30. Washington County native Nigel Smith took the oath and began his first day of official duty on Dec. 31.

After five years living, going to school and working in Bloomington, Smith said he is happy to be back in his hometown.

“It’s pretty nice,” he said. “I had hoped to eventually get back down this way and this was a great opportunity.”

Smith had worked for the Indianan University Police Department since August 2010 and graduated from the police academy in summer 2011. It was after that first year as a cadet with the IUPD that made Smith decide he wanted to be a police officer.

He graduated from Salem High School in 2008 and from Indiana University in May 2012 with degrees in Criminal Justice and Telecommunication Industry Management.

Smith said he is adjusting to his new schedule of working nights, six days on and three days off.

As of now, he is the youngest officer on the force. There are 12 officers total: Police Chief Troy Merry, Assistant Joey Wheeler, Scott Ratts, Terry Corbin, Ronnie Mays, Chris Cauble, Eric Mills, Tim Miller, Carey Cook, Chad Webb, Mike Voelz and Smith.

Mayor David Bower said he is happy to have Smith join the department.