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Chief Grile swearing in new officers

Three New Officers Join Hilliard Police

Posted June 8, 2021 in Police by Andrea Litchfield

Three new police officers were sworn into the Hilliard Division of Police on Monday. The oath of office was administered by Chief of Police Eric Grile.

Officers James Bass, Danielle Epperhart and Jonathon Kane will enroll into the Columbus Police Academy, where they will spend the next 28 weeks learning police operations.

They are expected to graduate in winter 2022 and will then complete a 15-week field training program with a certified training officer.

“We’re excited to welcome these three exceptional recruits to the HPD family,” said Chief Grile. “They went through a competitive process to be selected among a group of highly-qualified candidates, and we look forward to welcoming them to an incredibly rewarding line of work.”

Kane is a Hilliard native and 2018 graduate of Darby High School and was a member of HPD’s Explorer’s program for five years. He currently serves in the Ohio National Guard.

Bass is from central Ohio and earned a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University.

Epperhart has served as a support services clerk for HPD since 2018 and earned a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University.

For years, HPD has made a conscious effort to implement a community-oriented policing philosophy and build a unique bond with the people of Hilliard. Individuals who believe they embody the spirit of a vibrant city, can play an active role both in the department and in the community, and can continue to make Hilliard one of the best places to work and live should visit WearTheHPDBadge.com to see if they have what it takes to be a member of the Hilliard Division of Police.