A New Castle County Police cadet, who's on the lam on assault charges, was already sworn in a week ahead of graduation.

Taylor Reynolds, 25, was part of swearing in ceremony last week along with approximately 30 others in the academy, WDEL has learned.  

"This is a regular procedure," confirmed Officer First Class Grigori Lopez-Garcia. "We don’t authorize them to take any police action, nor are they issued any of their official credentials, and they’re also not issued a firearm until graduation."

New Castle County Police did not disclose information regarding Reynolds' official status as an officer when first questioned Monday night, but did initially confirm Reynolds wasn't issued a gun or a badge.

Graduation was scheduled for Thursday, July 11, 2019.  Lopez-Garcia confirmed Reynolds is not included on a list of current graduates.

"Although Taylor Reynolds was employed as a recruit and was set to graduate this week, this incident has halted this process," said Lopez Garcia.

When asked about Reynolds' future on the police force, Lopez-Garcia called it a "personnel issue." He referred further comment to New Castle County government.  Spokesman Jason Miller clarified Reynolds does not have his Council on Police Training (COPT) certification, but didn't immediately answer questions about Reynolds' future as a county government employee. 

Reynolds is wanted on assault and strangulation charges in connection with an incident involving a female acquaintance on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at a Newark apartment complex on the 300 block of Christina Mill Drive.  

He hasn't been seen publicly since the incident. Family and friends have launched unsuccessful searches for Reynolds, according to social media.

Reynolds was a star Newark High School quarterback and an All-American cornerback at James Madison University. He went on to sign as a rookie free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, but was released without playing a regular season game in July 2017.

Anyone with information regarding Reynolds' whereabouts is urged to contact Newark Police at 302.366.7111 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.  

All information provided in stories involving police comes directly from the reporting sources of authority. Any arrested parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Amy Cherry is the Assistant News Director and an investigative journalist at WDEL. She joined WDEL's award-winning news team in 2010 from WBZ Newsradio 1030 in Boston and has received national accolades for reporting.