BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Two new West Point Police Department patrol units were sworn in Tuesday at City Hall by West Point Human Resources Manager Delores Doss, concreting their loyalty and devotion to serving and protecting city residents.
Patrick Culley, WPPD part-time patrol officer, and William Cade, WPPD full-time patrol officer, according to West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley, have filled two vacant positions in the department’s staff.
Culley and Cade were officially hired by the West Point Board of Selectmen at its regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 11 in City Hall.
Brinkley said Culley brings a significant amount of law enforcement training and background to the WPPD staff.
“Culley is bringing experience,” Brinkley said. “He has worked for the West Point Police Department, but he’s coming in as a part-time patrol officer. He’s highly trained and has experience in patrol, and he’s a former K9 officer.”
Culley, Brinkley said, is currently a full time employee at the Mississippi Department of Corrections, where he spends most of his time dealing with convicted inmates. Brinkley said with that, he is well versed in the correctional side of law enforcement.
With an extensive military background, Cade, Brinkley said, was an ideal candidate for employment as a full-time patrol officer. However, unlike Culley (who has already successfully completed police academy training), Cade will have to make his way to the police academy for intense, thorough training to deem him an official officer of the law.
But Cade’s military background should make that a much less difficult endeavor than it might be for non-military personnel.
“He’s had an interest in law enforcement for years,” Brinkley said. “He’s just a family man, and he has ties to West Point. ... Law enforcement training is a lot like boot camp. ... He’s already been through boot camp once, so he knows what to expect.”
Cade currently resides in Tupelo, however. Brinkley said he will be moving to West Point in the near future.
And there’s specific criteria Brinkley said he keeps a keen eye out for, as well. Individuals looking to join the ranks in law enforcement should be in acceptable physical condition, Brinkley said, as well as possess sufficient compliance to the chain of command present in most law enforcement agencies.
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