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Princeton police adds new officer to ranks

Princeton’s newest police officer was sworn-in Monday.

Mackenzie Kruse, a nine-year veteran of the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, where he most recently was a K-9 handler, was hired through a recently enacted lateral transfer hiring process, said Princeton Police Chief Tom Kammerer.

“We are grateful to the board of police and fire commissioners for allowing us to hire officers through this process,” Kammerer said. “The lateral transfer rules allow us to expedite the hiring process by creating a separate list of officers who have at least two years experience from another department in Illinois.”

Kammerer pointed out officers on the lateral transfer list still must undergo a background investigation prior to consideration for hire.

“With Mackenzie’s experience and skills, he has already hit the ground running in our department,” Kammerer said. “His experience and training with the sheriff’s department will be a huge asset as he joins our team.”

Kruse lives in Princeton with his wife Cristin and children.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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