Officer Laughter Sworn In


Denice Laughter pins a police badge onto her son, Earl, during his swearing in ceremony on Monday.

Officer Laughter Sworn In

Idaho Falls Mayor Jared Fuhriman officially swore in the police department’s newest officer Earl Laughter in the mayor’s chambers Monday morning.

Laughter was selected among multiple candidates that tested and applied to the department this past June.

“Today is a good day, especially when we can bring in one of the best employees the city will ever have,” Fuhriman said during the ceremony. “(Law enforcement) is one of the toughest jobs, but I can’t think of a more honorable job you’ll ever have.”

Laughter, who is currently a U.S. Marine Reservist, has long desired to become a police officer.

“Whenever I looked at my life, it always came back to being a police officer,” he said.

Laughter said he is especially excited to not only begin a law enforcement career but to be working in the state of Idaho. Laughter, a native of northern California, said he’s always been attracted to living and working in Idaho. He is also now closer to his parents, who moved to Idaho Falls three years ago.

Laughter also expressed that the department and its police officers offered an attractive work environment.

“It was pretty obvious that it was a pretty tight-knit group of guys that take care of each other,” he said.

Laughter is the son of Denice and Earl Laughter, Jr. He is a 2003 Casa Grande High School graduate in Petaluma, Calif.


Officer Laughter Sworn In