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Bethany Wittig, an Arizona State University grad in criminal justice, is latest to join department

COURTESY OF CAPT. MARK DANIEL/SPD - Officer Bethany Wittig has her new badged pinned on her by her husband, Officer Daniel Hernandez of the Tualation Police Department, during the April 18 Sherwood City Council meeting. The Sherwood Police Department swore in its newest officer April 18. Sherwood Police Department Chief Jeff Groth swore in Officer Bethany Wittig, 34, before the Sherwood City Council.

Born and raised in the Phoenix area, Wittig graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in criminal justice and criminology.

She spent 10 years as a probation officer and most recently with Washington County Probation and Parole. Wittig's husband, Daniel Hernandez, an officer with the Tualatin Police Department, pinned on her badge at the meeting.

Now a Sherwood resident herself, Wittig said she spent many summers in youth visiting Sherwood where her parents have friends and is familiar with the area.

"I'm thrilled," Wittig said about being hired to the position.

Earlier this month, the department swore in Sherwood resident Colton Waker as well.

The pair will now attend the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. COURTESY OF CAPT. CRAIG DANIEL - Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth swears in Officer Bethany Wittig during the Sherwood City Council meeting April 18.

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