The Ridgecrest Police Department welcomed its newest reserve officer Tuesday morning as Jayson Arnold was sworn in.
Police Chief Jed McLaughlin introduced Arnold, noting that the Granada Hills native graduated from high school in 2013 while attending Cerro Coso College’s Emergency Medical Technician Program during his senior year.
Arnold completed the Level III and Level II Intensive Reserve Academy at Cerro Coso College in June. He already has experience as a first responder working as an EMT at Liberty Ambulance for the past three years.
“His interest in law enforcement began as a child,” McLaughlin said. “While working at Liberty Ambulance, his interest in becoming a police officer was re-energized.”
Arnold was sworn in by City Clerk Ricca Charlon and presented his badge, pinned on him by his wife Kyana.
McLaughlin reminded Arnold that the badge “is a symbol of public trust” and challenged him to always remember the code of ethics.
“Never forget why you wanted to enter law enforcement in the first place,” McLaughlin said. “If you remember the code of ethics, you will go a long way in being successful in your chosen career.”
Arnold thanked his family and friends, noting the support they gave during his training and goals.