Woodward and Sands sworn in as city officers

Brock Woodward and Rob Sands (third and fourth from left, respectively) were sworn in as officers with the Huntington Police Department on Thursday, March 31, in the Huntington City Council Chambers. With the two are (from left) Matt Hughes, assistant police chief; Chad Hacker, police chief; and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters.
Brock Woodward and Rob Sands (third and fourth from left, respectively) were sworn in as officers with the Huntington Police Department on Thursday, March 31, in the Huntington City Council Chambers. With the two are (from left) Matt Hughes, assistant police chief; Chad Hacker, police chief; and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington Police Department welcomed Rob Sands and Brock Woodward to its ranks with a ceremony in the Huntington City Council Chambers on Thursday, March 31.

Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher swore in both men.

Sands, 25, is a Huntington native. He graduated from Huntington North High School in 2009 and recently finished a four-year tour in the United States Navy.

Woodward, also 25, grew up in nearby Wells County. He is a 2009 graduate of Bluffton High School and is currently completing a general studies degree at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

A Huntington County resident for three years, Woodward looks forward to rendering assistance to the community.

“I’ve just always had an interest in helping people and law enforcement is something where every day you’re going to help people and that’s just what’s kind of drawn me to it,” he says of choosing to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Sands is excited about the prospect of getting to make a difference in his hometown.

“Born and raised here, so it’s nice to be able to give back to the community that I grew up in,” he shares. “I also like to wear a uniform and just serve people.

“It’s a humbling experience to be able to give back to a community that’s given me so much.”