The Anna Police Department recently announced the addition of two new officers.

Officer Danielle Kutz and Officer Shane Long are the newest members of the force, the department announced in a press release.

Kutz comes to APD from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office where she worked as a patrol deputy for two years. Prior to her patrol time, she worked as a detention officer. She has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Texas A&M and hopes to one day use her degree as part of a crime scene investigation unit in Anna.

Kutz said she moved to Anna to be closer to her family and wants to serve the community she now calls home.

Long comes to the department from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked three years as a detention officer. Long put himself through the police academy while working full time, and also has experience in the fire service and previously worked in EMS and in a hospital.

Before becoming a police officer, Long, who is married with four daughters, worked as a diesel mechanic.

New traffic signals

Anna Police also issued a reminder to citizens that the new streets being added in the city combined wiht the new construction throughout town means additional traffic signals will be installed. The new traffic signals will help prevent vehicle collisions, as well as crash related injuries and fatalities, the department press release said.

The American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety shows 939 people were killed in red light running crashes in 2017 across the country. That was a 10-year high and a 28 percent increase over the statistics from just five years prior.

Anna had 215 total overall motor vehicle crashes in 2017, which was up from 126 in 2013. The Anna Police press release states the city is also trending upward so it is important for local drivers to be aware of new intersections with new traffic signals.

“By increasing situational awareness at new intersections with new traffic signals, Anna drivers can better judge stopping distances on approach as well as more safely navigate through intersections,” the press release states.