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Steubenville Police Department swears in first female officer

Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 06:09 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio – The Steubenville Police Department made history Friday when it welcomed four new officers to the force. Among them was its first female officer, Rebekah Haught, who was sworn in around 1:30 p.m.
"I'm very honored, and I feel grateful,” Haught said. “I hope I can live up to the expectations.”
Haught has lived in the tri-state area since she was 16 years old. She served in West Virginia before arriving in Ohio and says serving Steubenville is a change for her, but it's a change she says she is ready to take make.
"I'm still learning the city of Steubenville,” Haught said. “It's a new venture for me; it's a bigger area. I know there are issues -- the crime rates have gone up. I just hope I can make and impact on lowering that and keep people safe."
Also sworn in were Jason West, Lucas Powell, and Chad Kuhn, bringing department's force up to 38 officers.
"We've been down officers for a while,” Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty said. “I have a couple still injured on duty. I'm glad to get new officers."
The officers that were sworn in Friday will be hitting the streets shortly. Three officers will be starting as soon as Monday.

Steubenville Police Department swears in first female officer

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