By Randy Parks
The city of Burns has a new face on their police force. After serving with the police reserves since July 2008, Robbie Tiller, 27, was hired as a full-time officer on Sept. 1.
While already on the job, Tiller will be attending the police academy in Salem for certification through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). He will be attending the academy beginning Oct. 15.
Tiller, the son of Randy and Connie Tiller, graduated from Burns High School in 2003 and then went to mechanic school in Phoenix, Ariz. After receiving his associate degree, he moved back to Harney County and it was then he decided to go into law enforcement.
Tiller said he went on a “ride-along” with a Hines police officer and found he had an interest in being a police officer. “Every day is different,” Tiller said. “And I like helping people and serving the community I grew up in.”
Tiller added that one challenge to the job is trying to keep everybody happy, but there are a lot of positives to the position. “This is definitely a rewarding job,” he said. “You feel like you make a difference every day when you go home.”