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Rhinelander Police Dept. Swears In New OfficerSubmitted: 11/19/2012
Story By Lex Gray

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander has one new police officer to protect and serve its citizens.

Officer Elisha Williams officially joined the Rhinelander Police Department Monday.

Williams joins 16 other officers in the Rhinelander Police Department.

Even though she's new to the force, she's been answering the call of duty since 2003, when she joined the National Guard.

Williams has been based in Rhinelander since 2006, but she's been deployed overseas twice.

She served in Iraq and Kuwait, and says that experience will help her as an officer.

"I have a lot of experience. I've seen a lot of people from all walks of life," she said. "I bring a very open-minded and proactive approach to working with people. I can work with anybody, and it's about building relationships and helping people. That's why we do this."

Police Chief Mike Steffes says Williams came out on top in every category during the recruitment process.

Her National Guard experience also stood out.

"She's a well-spoken, well-articulated officer, and she also brings to the table a lot of analytical skill that she has from her previous experience with the National Guard," Steffes said. " [She has a] focus on problem-solving and community-oriented policing that really mirrors exactly what we want at the police department."

Williams will train for up to 16 weeks with a field training officer.

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