Jared Taylor has joined the ranks of the Ardmore Police Department.

"We are pleased to add Jared to our ranks, and are fortunate to have someone who has lived in Ardmore most of his life. Jared has expressed that he wants to make Ardmore a safer place and to serve the community to the best of his abilities. He endured a rigorous hiring/testing process, and has recently completed the CLEET basic academy. Currently, he is in the field-training process," said Capt. Kevin Norris, APD interim chief.

A 2008 graduate of Ardmore High School, Taylor is following in his grandfather's footsteps at the APD.

"My grandfather (Dean Ellis) was an Ardmore officer, and this is something I've always wanted to do," he said.

Taylor attended Oklahoma State University and was employed at East Jordan Ironworks prior to completing the APD's application process. He said his immediate goal is two-fold.

"I want to make the Ardmore Police Department my career, and I will be working on finishing my (college) degree," he said. Long-term, Taylor said his goals remain aimed at the APD.

"Of course I'd like to move up in rank, and I would like serve in the narcotics division," he said.

Taylor is married. He is dad to his 5-year-old stepson, and he and his wife, Staci, are expecting their first child.

Taylor is currently assigned the evening shift at the APD, and is working under the supervision of field-training officer Juan Galicia. While on the field-training program, Taylor will work on each of the three patrol division shifts before receiving a permanent assignment.