The Dalton Police Department welcomed a new officer to the ranks on Tuesday morning as Dalton native Richard Cook took his oath of office and received his badge from Chief Jason Parker. Officer Cook graduated Friday from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s Regional Police Academy in Athens.
Officer Cook is a native of the Dalton/Whitfield County area. He graduated from Southeast Whitfield High School in 2007 and spent the last six years in the United States Marine Corps. Officer Cook is the son of Ricky and Terysa Cook and his girlfriend is Chris Riley.
Officer Cook comes to the Dalton Police Department already decorated with high honors from the police academy. He received the Academic Award and the Top Gun Award as the highest achieving student and the best shot in his class.
Chief Parker pinned on Officer Cook’s badge after a short speech and then Dalton Municipal Judge Jim Wilbanks administered the oath of office, officially swearing Officer Cook in as a Dalton police officer.
Officer Cook’s training will continue as he enters the department’s Field Training Officer program. He will ride with different experienced FTOs over the next 16 weeks to continue his “on the job” training.
New DPD Officer Richard Cook is sworn in by Dalton Municipal Judge Jim Wilbanks