New officers on board
Woodburn Police Department added two new officers to its team, paring down its six vacancies to four.
During the Monday, Sept. 23, Woodburn City Council meeting, WPD Chief Jim Ferraris swore in officers Joshua Mitchell and Joshua Noonkester
"As you know, hiring police officers in this day and age is one of the most difficult things we have to do, and it is one of the most important responsibilities that I have as your chief of police," Ferraris said. "The amount of power that is conferred on a police officer: the responsibility, the requirements; the training; the public trust that is invested in a police officer is tremendous. So we look for top candidates -- high quality candidates.
"Even though we have difficulty finding good candidates, we refuse to reduce our standards," he added. "If we can't find the best, we go out and do another recruitment -- and we have two fine individuals here."
Mitchell was born and raised in Delaware, attending Lake Forest High School in Felton, DE, before moving to Oregon. He attended Portland Community College and Portland State University, and worked at a number of service jobs before pursuing police work.
Mitchell spent time as a volunteer with the Hillsboro Police and is also a certified massage therapist. His brother is a police officer in Delaware.
Noonkester was born and raised in Salem and is a graduate of South Salem High School and attended Chemeketa Community College before attending Corban University where he played soccer.
Noonkester, who has a BS in criminal science, is fluent in Spanish and has spent time working service jobs, coaching soccer and as an associate youth pastor.
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