Bell County Sheriff’s Office deputy Nicholas Capps is following in his family’s footsteps. Leon Cole, his “Papaw”, worked for the BSCO in the 1980s, and Capps has fond memories of talking about police-work with him.
“I’ve wanted this since I was a kid, since middle school, and honestly, getting to do this everyday is a dream come true. I could definitely see me doing this for the rest of my life,” said Capps.
Before his position with BCSO, Capps worked at Soapy J’s Carwash. He enjoys getting to do something different everyday as an officer and likes that every case poses different challenges and responses.
His law enforcement career started in January as a bailiff and transport officer, where he experienced his most interesting event of his career.
“A male tried to run out of the holding cell from me and I hadn’t even been in uniform for six months. That was probably one of the most exciting and overwhelming times so far, but I have a passion for this kind of work and I really enjoy myself,” said Capps.
Capps enjoys helping people and relates this to his daily work. He has a positive outlook on the job and wants to change the negative mindset that is often seen reflected on law enforcement and those who wear the uniform.
“It’s pretty sad to see kids that see an officer in uniform and are afraid of them. We’re here to help and people don’t always look at us to help or to be there when they need it and that’s a bad time when people don’t even trust us,” said Capps.
In his spare time, Capps does ride-alongs with other officers and Jax of the BSCO K-9 unit.
“You can’t help everybody, but you can offer it to everybody and give help to those that want to take it,” said Capps.
Capps is a 2012 graduate of Middlesboro High School and still lives in Middlesboro with his dog, Jackson.
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