This time of year, Sgt. Scott Bailey of the Harlan Police Department is traveling on the weekends. He’s traveling to the University of the Cumberlands to watch his son, Scotty play football.
In the spring it’s much the same for the 44-year-old peace officer, his wife Tracy and daughter Nikki Adams, because his son plays baseball as well. “I love spending time with my son and wife when he is in from college. I still enjoy going to ball games and taking pictures when I can,” said Bailey.
Bailey’s been involved with volunteer activities like sports for many years. He volunteered for 15 years for the Tri-City Little League coaching minor, little, and senior league teams and helped with elementary and middle school football and baseball for six years. He’s been taking photos at sporting events around the county for the past eight years and said he still does it when he gets the opportunity.
Why did Bailey choose policing over a career in photography or coaching? “To help someone who needs help. Whether it’s to stop and help a motorist, or to walk in on a domestic violence call with children who are scared of the police — and before we leave they’re in our arms thanking us for being there,” he replied.
The Lynch native graduated from Cumberland High School in 1989 and went to Morehead State College before receiving his associate’s degree from Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.
After that he worked as security for ARCH Coal until he started his policing career at Cumberland Police Department. He worked for CPD for eight years before making the move to the Harlan Police Department. He was there for 11 months before being assigned to Operation UNITE and worked for nine years. He’s settling into his new job as the night shift sergeant for HPD. He’s been the sergeant since July.
All Bailey’s cases are memorable to him. He’s taken something away from each one he’s worked. “Anytime you can answer a call and help someone, it sticks with you, but the ones that stick with you the most are the ones where kids are involved,” he said.
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