by Dennis Dalman
The Sartell Police Department has a new patrol officer, Nate Frieler, who took the oath of office administered by Police Chief Jim Hughes at the last City Council meeting.
Frieler was raised in Sauk Rapids. Starting in 2012, he became a police officer in Fergus Falls. He now lives in Sartell.
Hughes noted Frieler is a drug-recognition expert and can test for the presence of legal and illegal drugs that suspects may have ingested. Frieler, said Hughes, will be a welcome addition to the Narcotics Task Force.
“He is a huge asset to our department,” Hughes said.
Frieler completed his sessions of field training and is now ready to become a full-time patrol officer for Sartell.
The Sartell Police Department now has 21 full-time officers, 14 reserve officers, one full-time community-service officer, two full-time clerical staff and one part-time clerical staff person.
After taking the oath of office, Frieler received applause and then handshakes from the city-council members.