New Police Officer Sworn InSubmitted: 05/06/2013
Story By Jaymee Toler

RHINELANDER - The next time you're driving around Rhinelander, you might see a new police officer on patrol.

Brian Colombino was sworn into Rhinelander's police department this morning.

Colombino wants to make sure that Rhinelander remains a safe place to live.

"As a law enforcement officer, the safety of the community and the general welfare of the community is one of our primary concerns, so in that regard I'll be able to help the community be a safer place. And will also, through other opportunities, be able to give back to the community," says Colombino.

With summer approaching, Colombino wants to make sure that children in town know how to stay safe.

"I am a certified bicycle safety instructor, so I can take those opportunities to speak with kids about safety, to enhance safety throughout the community with bicycling or whatever it may be."

Colombino served as an officer in Hudson, Wisconsin for four years.

He decided to move to Rhinelander to be closer to family in the Upper Peninsula.

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