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Boonsboro's newest police officer sworn in

February 05, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's newest police officer says the job is a "dream come true."

Officer Shawn Faith was sworn in by Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. during Monday's town council meeting.

Faith was hired to replace Charles Stanford, who was hired as Smithsburg's police chief. Boonsboro Police Chief Jeff Hewett said Faith's first day on the job was Wednesday.

Boonsboro now has four police officers, which Hewett said is the same strength as towns such as Smithsburg and Hancock.

Faith lived in Hagerstown until moving to Hancock about four months ago.

Faith said he graduated in June 2007 from the Western Maryland Police Academy in Hagerstown. He paid his own fees to attend the academy instead of having a police agency pay for his training, he said.

Faith, 34, had worked in a warehouse before deciding to pursue his lifelong dream of working in law enforcement, he said.

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"It's been a dream all my life to do it," Faith said. "Boonsboro allowed me a chance to start my career."

After graduating from the academy, Faith worked for about two weeks in one of the area prisons. He then heard from Hewett that Boonsboro was looking for a police officer.

On Monday, Faith thanked the Boonsboro Town Council and Kauffman for helping him pursue his "dream."

Faith said his first week on the job has been busy. He's learning about the town and the community, he said.

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