TORONTO - Patrolman Ryan Franke said he's delighted to be the newest officer on the beat in the Gem City.
Franke, the son of Bill and Susan Franke of Toronto, was hired by the department in November.
He said it's good to be patrolling the streets of his hometown.
ON THE JOB — Patrolman Ryan Franke said he’s happy to be a new officer for the Toronto Police Department. Franke, who was hired in November for the position, is the son of Bill and Susan Franke of Toronto - Mark Miller
"I've lived (in Toronto) my entire life," said the 2005 Toronto High School graduate. "I attended the (former) Jefferson Community College and got a two-year degree in law enforcement. I attended the police academy right after that."
Franke said he earned a peace officer's certificate from the Ohio Police Training Academy before embarking on his career.
"I did some security work for about six months," he said. "The last two years I was a corrections officer at the Belmont Correctional Institute."
Franke said his duties at the prison consisted of keeping the peace and watching over the safety of inmates and staff.
"I had a lot of interaction with the inmates," said Franke, adding he gained a lot of experience through that position.
Franke said he learned of an opening for a patrolman in Toronto and applied and then took the written and physical exams.
He noted he began training with Patrolman Tony Porreca, and so far he's enjoyed the experience.
"I didn't think (being hired for the Toronto position) would happen so quickly," he said. "I like it a lot.
"It's not what I expected at first," Franke continued. "It's a good atmosphere. It's a good environment to work in, and I'm working with great people."