ENON — A new part-time police officer took the oath to serve and protect the citizens of the Village of Enon during a brief ceremony at the Tuesday, Aug. 26 village council meeting.
Mayor Tim Howard administered the oath of office to Police Officer Danni L. Hiles as her parents and friend proudly stood behind her.
“I am looking forward to serving the citizens of the village and working in the community,” Hiles said.
According to Enon Police Chief Lewis Wilcox, Hiles, who began the process of becoming a village police officer in April, would officially start her duties on Sept. 1 and would serve a six-month probationary employment period which is required by the state.
“Tonight marks the finish of Officer Hiles’ journey to become an Enon police officer. She will now begin her 10 weeks of field training,” said Wilcox.
The 27-year-old police officer graduated from Kenton Ridge High School in 2006 and received an Associate Degree in Commercial Photography from Kaplan College in 2008. Hiles also attended the famed Walt Disney World College near Orlando, Fla., and completed the Clark State Community College Police Academy in December 2012.
Prior to accepting the position with the Enon Police Department, Hiles previously worked for the Tremont City Police Department and more recently, was hired by the German Township Police Department in Clark County.
The hiring of Hiles brings the department’s workforce to four full-time and seven part-time police officers.
“It is quite amazing how our police department has grown in the last few years,” Howard said. “We have a great police department serving the community.”
Village council members also gave final approval to Officer Mike Holler’s promotion to lieutenant following a mandatory sixth-month probationary period. Holler, 37, was officially promoted to lieutenant during the Tuesday, Jan. 28 village council meeting.
Wilcox stated that during his six-month probationary period, Holler completed various training courses, including Subject Control instructor training, RAIDER (Rapid Deployment, Awareness, Intervention, Decisiveness, EMS, Recovery) Solo-Engagement instructor training, Conductive Energy Device (Taser) instructor training, advanced ALICE (Alert, Lock-down, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) instructor training, and ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) training.
The lieutenant also provided in-service training to members of the Greenon Local Schools Bus Transportation Department and support staff, including an instructional course on school lockdown procedures and how-to workshops on de-escalating potentially violent situations and responding properly to aggressive behavior.
Holler also taught ALICE training to approximately 110 employees of the Greenon Local School District and assisted members of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department with a four-hour ALICE class.
“Mike has even been invited to assist the Clark County Sheriff’s Department in teaching employees of other school districts throughout the county,” Wilcox said.
The police chief also noted that Holler had attended the FBI LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association) training class in Cincinnati.
“Mike is not afraid to tackle difficult or complex problems, and he continues to work in partnership to build a professional, well-respected law enforcement agency in the Village of Enon,” said Wilcox.