Charleston Police Department swears in new officer

Cassie M. Johnson, 26, of Charleston, right, smiles at her swearing-in ceremony Friday as a new city police officer. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Charleston Police Department on Friday added another officer to its ranks.

Cassie M. Johnson, 26, of Charleston was sworn in during a 9 a.m. ceremony by Mayor Amy Goodwin and Police Chief Opie Smith. The event was held at City Hall.

"It's been a long year and getting ready for the test and finally passing everything and getting up to the academy," Johnson said. "I absolutely can't wait to move up."

Johnson will start training at 8 a.m. Monday at the West Virginia State Police Academy. Johnson must complete 823 academic hours during a 16-week, paramilitary police academy.

Before starting the Charleston Police Department’s 20-week field training program, Johnson will then complete an 80-hour orientation.

Smith, Charleston's police chief, said he believes she will do well.

"She just has a passion to do her job well," Smith said. "She doesn't back down. When she wants to accomplish a goal, she accomplishes it."

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