The Denison Police Department held a formal ceremony on Thursday to welcome the newest member of its law enforcement family.

Patrol Officer Casey Hunt was officially sworn in before a room of his fellow officers, administrators and department employees.

“Casey certainly fits the profile and the type of high-character person — like he is — that we want at this agency and to serve our citizens,” Chief Jay Burch said. “So it’s always a good day when we have new people starting for us.”

Hunt, a Denison native, spent six years in the U.S. Army and is a former officer of the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma. Following his completion of the department’s 22-week training program, Hunt said he was glad to be hired on and particularly so at a time when law enforcement officers nationwide and their tactics are under the microscope.

“The reason I got into law enforcement is that I’ve always wanted to help people,” Hunt said. “People are looking at law enforcement in the wrong way and I want be the difference and show them that not all police officers are bad guys.”

Hunt said he expects his position as a patrol officer to be both rewarding and challenging, and that he was looking forward to working with his fellow DPD officers.

“When I did a tour of the agency this, this place just felt like home,” Hunt said. “So, I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at, right now.”

The Denison Police Department anticipates it will have four open positions this fall and is currently hiring. Interested applicants must submit their paperwork by Sept. 22 in order to participate in the department’s testing on Sept. 30.