Orland welcomed a new officer to the police department on Monday with a swearing-in ceremony.
The event was extra special for Kimberly Crook, who graduated from the police academy at Butte College Friday, because her mother, Angie Crook, the city clerk, swore her in.
“It’s exciting, especially because I get to do it with my mother,” Kimberly Crook said. “... It’s definitely a big step, a big milestone that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.”
Kimberly Crook, who graduated from Orland High School in 2007, said she has wanted to be police officer since she was 17 years old.
She was a cadet for the Chico Police Department when she was about 18 or 19 and took some classes at Butte college. Later, she ended up becoming a corrections officer in Washington state.
After about three and a half years, she moved back to California and got the opportunity to work with the Orland Police Department, which sponsored her academy training.
Kimberly Crook graduated from the academy on Friday and said it’s exciting and sad to leave.
“Exciting because I’m finally done with the academy and getting to move on and start my FTO and start my career,” she said. “Sad because I’m going to miss all my recruits.”
Kimberly Crook said she thinks it will be fun to see some familiar faces since she will be working in her hometown.
“To know that I’m protecting and serving the community that I grew up in, I think that will be the special part of it,” she said.
J.C. Tolle, Orland’s police chief, said he thinks it’ll be great to have her one board.
“She’s a local resident so I’ve known her for years,” Tolle said. “... She’s familiar with the area, it’s always nice when you can hire somebody local.”
Angie Crook said she’s really proud of her daughter but also worries as a parent.
“I was happy for her but at the same time, it scares you as a parent,” she said. “... You have that fear, hoping something doesn’t happen to your child in that type of career.”
She said, as the city clerk, that she it never dawned on her that she would be swearing in her own daughter.
“It’s pretty special,” she said. “It’s just the icing on the cake.”
Bruce Crook, Kimberly Crook’s father, said she’s always wanted to be a police officer and has done ride alongs since she was a kid.
“It’s a little scary in the profession but I’m glad she’s doing it here rather than somewhere else,” Bruce Crook said. “She was born and raised here, I was too and my wife too … I’m really happy for her.”
Tolle said Kimberly Crook will go through at least 14 weeks with a field training officer, learning the ropes and once she passes the different phases of her training, she’ll be a solo officer.
“As long as if she has a problem with something, she leans on her trainers and asks questions, then we’ll teach her everything that we know,” Tolle said.
After six months in the academy, Monday was Kimberly Crook’s first day on the job.
“It’s an exciting experience, I’m happy,” Kimberly Crook said. “It’s going to be, I’m sure, a stressful FTO, but it will be fun.”