Mayfield Police Department gets two new officers

Published: Dec. 23, 2021 at 3:59 PM CST
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MAYFIELD, Ky. (KFVS) - Two new police officers who just graduated from the police academy are taking their oath of office.

Cadet Alex Arrellano and Cadet Nick Workman transitioned from cadet to officer at the Mayfield Police Department at a time when their community needs them in a big way.

According to the Graves County Office of Emergency Management, the two were at the training academy when an EF4 tornado went through the area.

To make up for a shortened formal graduation ceremony, they said Mayor Kathy O’Nan and Police Chief Nathan Kent arranged for them to take their oath of office in the Regional Emergency Operations Center.

Two recently hired Mayfield police officers were at the training academy when their hometown was hit by an EF-4 tornado. It caused a minimized graduation ceremony for Cadet Alex Arrellano and Cadet Nick Workman. To make up for the interruption of their formal graduation, Mayor Kathy O'nan and Police Chief Nathan Kent arranged for the recruits to take their oath of office in the Regional Emergency Operations Center. It was an honor get to be a part of a special moment for these two young men. As Chief Kent said, "We're glad you're home, we're glad you're safe -- now get to work." They enter what we hope will be long and exceptional law enforcement careers at a time when Mayfield needs them most. Join the EOC staff and several of their fellow officers in welcoming them to public service.

Posted by Graves County Office of Emergency Management on Thursday, December 23, 2021

Arrellano said it was important for him to serve his hometown.

“Well, I grew up here, born and raised here in Mayfield. Went to school here. Decided to establish roots here,” Arrellano said.

He said he applied to the department in November of last year, during the COVID shutdown, with a goal to serve the community.

“It was a pretty lengthy process,” he said. “I finally got my hire date around April, started in May. And started the academy around July. And graduated December 16th.”

Having no idea that upon graduation, he would be thrust into helping out during the worst disaster the city has seen.

He said he’s happy to hit the ground running with veteran leadership.

“I’ve got people to guide me. I’ve got senior officers to show me and help me do the job right. It’s a lot to take in honestly at this point. I’m just trying to do my best really.”

“I can’t imagine becoming a police officer and your first day of work, which for both of them was today, and this is what they face,” said Mayor Kathy O’Nan, a former Mayfield teacher who’s happy to see two former students sworn in. “These young men are not only my former students, they are now employees of the Mayfield Police Department, which makes my heart burst with pride.”

The officers will undergo 11 weeks of training with a superior officer before being able to patrol on their own.

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