OXFORD — Two new reserve police officers will be joining the force this week, and both bring enthusiasm to fighting crime.

Jerod Verrill of Bryant Pond is set to begin duties this weekend, and has already begun training with the department. Verrill has been through the 100-hour, pre-service course at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

“I’m looking for an exciting career,” Verrill said Tuesday. In law enforcement, he said, “you go home at the end of the day and feel proud of what you’ve done.”

Zachary Bisson of Mechanic Falls was a student at Central Maine Community College and worked as an intern for the Auburn Police Department. Last year, he visited area day cares and helped complete child identification kits as part of his internship. Those kits include a photo and DNA swab from the child’s mouth for parents to keep in case of an emergency.

Lt. Michael Ward of the Oxford Police Department said they’ll be good additions to the force. “We’re looking forward to having them join the Oxford PD,” he said.

Reserve officers are part-time police who work open shifts, details and weekends.

The department has five full-time and eight part-time officers, Chief Jon Tibbetts said.

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