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Woodburn officer Darlyn Chester was selected to deliver the graduation address

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WOODBURN - Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris (center) stands with recent police academy graduates Brendan Darby and Darlyn Chester.Police officers Brendan Darby and Darlyn Chester, sworn in on June 25 in front of the Woodburn City Council, graduated earlier this month from the Oregon Police Academy, Basic Police Class #382 during a ceremony at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training facility in Salem.

Darby and Chester completed 16 weeks of intensive classroom and operational skills training at DPSST.

"The academy phase of training gave these recruit officers the fundamental basics of police work. Now begins the fine tuning through further hands-on training necessary so these officers can be successful as police officers in our community," said WPD Chief Jim Ferraris in a press release.

Chester was selected by Class #382 to deliver the graduation address at the ceremony. Further, she received the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh Outstanding Student Award. Per the DPSST Academy Training website: "The award, named in honor of the former distinguished governor of the state of Oregon, is presented to the outstanding student of each basic class as selected by their fellow students and the academy staff. The student selected must display exceptional professionalism by demonstrating an exemplary attitude and outstanding achievement in leadership, academics, health & fitness and survival skills."

"We are extremely proud of Officer Chester for her accomplishments and recognition, and the great credit she brings to our department and our community," Ferraris said.

Darby and Chester returned to the Woodburn Police Department last week to begin several months of operational field training in Woodburn under the guidance of field training officers.

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