Thursday was a big day for Jonathan Ryal as he was sworn in as a Sidney police officer by Mayor Rick Norby.
After reading his service oath, Norby had him repeat after him for another oath that officially made him an officer. The 22-year-old Ryal noted that this has been a long time coming. When asked how long he’d been preparing for this, he said, “It’s been about two years.”
He said studying as hard as he could has paid off. “I studied as much as I could,” he said.
For the past seven months, Ryal has been serving as a detention officer. As a detention officer you have many responsibilities. Though it’s not typical sometimes they are in charge of meals. Inmates get three meals a day.
When inmates arrive they are searched by an officer and their possessions are taken from them to be held onto until their release. After that, they are put into the hands of a detention officer and that’s where their work begins.
Their information is taken down, a mugshot is taken and they are finger printed and given their jail clothes. There are some restrictions to being a detention officer such as you must be 18 years old, have a valid drivers license, have a high school diploma and the equivalence of one and no felony charges.
When asked why he chose to become a police officer, Ryal said, “I think it’s great to have the opportunity to serve the community. I want to provide a sense of community.”
With his father being in the military, Ryal said that he grew up the military way. “I thought about it [the military] a lot.” After choosing to go a different route, Ryal is now an official police officer.