MONMOUTH - Bill Elliott was one of 26 recruits who recently graduated from the Oregon Police Academy in Monmouth.
This was the 277th graduating class from the academy and will be the last from the old academy format.
There will a new location for future classes and the training will be lengthened to 16 weeks.
Elliott is a former resident of John Day and a graduate of Grant Union High School.
He is the son of Wayne Elliott of John Day, and Linda Elliott of Fairbanks, Alaska.
He is a member of the Oregon National Guard and was called to active duty at the start of the Iraq war.
He was stationed at Fort Lewis as part of the base security force. Since returning home he has been working for the Crook County Sheriff's department as a paid reserve.
Elliot works full time as a deputy sheriff for Crook County.
He, his wife, Stephanie, and two children, Sam and Caitlyn, live in Prineville.