New recruit sworn in for Tucumcari police force

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun

Most sixty-somethings would be looking forward to their retirement, golfing or moving to a sunny location. But not Denny Hill of Tucumcari.

Hill, 63, was sworn in Monday as an officer of the Tucumcari Police Department at City Hall.

Four recruits were sworn in on Nov. 20 as officers. Further training and certification, however, is still required of the new officers.

Hill’s interest in law enforcement has grown since April 2006 when he became a volunteer with the New Mexico Mounted Patrol. The Mounted Patrol helps law enforcement agencies throughout the state whenever they called on for assistance.

“I needed to go through training as a requirement of the Mounted Patrol.” Hill said.

Tucumcari Police consultant Daniel Consultant invited him to train with the new recruits, “and as I was training, I decided that I wanted to be a part of the department,” Hill said.

“Denny did well in the physical testing conducted by the department,” Lopez said. “He was sworn in today (Monday) and since he has already been through the training he will go directly to the Field Training Officer program for 10 weeks.”

On Monday, Hill said he was looking forward to making a positive impact for Tucumcari.

“I look forward to working and learning from the officers and helping the citizens of Tucumcari,” said Hill adding that the police officer are great group of people.

Hill moved to Tucumcari in 2004 from Oklahoma after retiring as a driver for Yellow Freight.

“I started to come through Tucumcari, when I was driving for Yellow freight,” Hill said. “I had some friends here that I would always stop and visit and took most of my vacations in Tucumcari.”

“Tucumcari is where my roots are now,” Hill said.