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Blaine Kohl's face was solemn as he raised his right hand and took the police officer's oath, administered to him by Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman.
After the swearing-in ceremony Thursday morning, Kohl was welcomed warmly by some of his fellow officers at a reception in the community room at the police station.
The new officer brings the department up to 24 strong, Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said.
“He brings a lot of experience to the table, both at the federal and state level, and he is a good addition to our department,” he said.
Kohl, a native of Virginia, has been a resident of Shelbyville for the past seven years. He is a former FBI agent (Virginia and New Mexico), and has been an investigator for the Kentucky Attorney General's Office for 11 years.
He said he is looking forward to joining the Shelbyville Police Department.
“I'm very excited to be able to police the community I live in,” he said. “I know I can't change the world, but hopefully, I can change my little part of it for the better.”