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The Carrollton Police Department has added two new recruits to the force.
Officers Justin Doll and Michael Jump, both 24, were hired to fill out the department, bringing the total number of officers to 10.
Doll, 24, is a 2002 graduate of Carroll County High School. He served for four years in the U.S. Navy, most recently assigned to the USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. He was a machinist mate and reached the rank of petty officer third class.
Since leaving the Navy, he had been a corrections officer at the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange.
“I always wanted to be a firefighter or a cop,” Doll said. “I wanted a job that wouldn’t be the same every day.”
Jump, 24, is a 2002 Owen County graduate. He earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix and is working toward his bachelor’s degree.
Jump is married with two children, ages 4 and 6 months. He and his family live in Campbellsburg.
Jump also had previously been a corrections officer, but worked at Luther Luckett, a medium-security prison, also in La Grange.
“I always wanted to be part of a small community, get to know the people and make a difference,” Jump said. “I want to protect my best interest – my daughters.”
Since joining the force, Doll and Jump have been riding with fellow officers to get a feel for the job.
“So far I like it,” Doll said. “You learn different things from different officers. Everyone has their own style.”
Chief Mike Willhoite said he started with 22 applicants and narrowed the choice to Doll and Jump based on the results of state-mandated testing, which include physical agility, psychological suitability screening, a polygraph test, a drug screen and medical examination.
He said the two men were the top scorers. “We hire those who do the best during testing.”
Both men reported Sunday for 18 weeks of training at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., with the Department of Criminal Justice Training program.
They are expected to graduate June 12 and will report for duty immediately afterward.