A bright, shiny new badge was recently pinned on Brandon Hollingsworth’s uniform — the newest member of the Pineville Police Department.
Hollingsworth was sworn in on Dec. 1 by Pineville Mayor Scott Madon and Pineville Police Chief Bill Matthews. He will be going to the academy in February.
“Having him here will give us a different perspective when dealing with younger people. He’s technology savvy, open and eager to learn new things,” said Pineville Police Chief Bill Matthews.
As a Pineville native and recent graduate of Pineville High School, Hollingsworth is expecting some skepticism from older people that he is serving.
“I’m here to help, no matter their age. I know I’m inexperienced, but that’s part of this and I’m going to do my best no matter what,” said Hollingsworth.
Hollingsworth will leave soon for the police academy and while he is looking forward to learning more, he is not looking forward to being away from his family and friends for an extended period of time.
He received his associates degree in criminal justice from Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College and believes this will not only help him with knowing the laws, but will give him a different outlook while dealing with citizens.
“I wanted to be a cop because you’re a big role model in the community and I think kids around here need someone who they can look up to. There’s some bad stuff that goes on around here — drugs and stuff — and they should know it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Hollingsworth.
Hollingsworth believes his age will help him connect to younger people and stop bad behaviors from forming before they become an adult.
“I can relate to these kids because I just graduated with them or I coach football with them and it makes them see me, see police, from a different perspective. I’m active with them and if they need something from me, they know I’ll be there for them,” said Hollingsworth.
Hollingsworth’s agenda includes wanting to get drugs off the street to make Pineville a better place for those growing up in his hometown.
“Everybody knows drugs are a big problem in Bell County, but I grew up in Pineville and I know it first hand so I want to give kids a safe place to grow up how I did,” said Hollingsworth.
In his spare time, Hollingsworth is a receiver and defensive back coach for the Pineville High School football team and a head coach for the Pineville Middle School team. He is also a big University of Kentucky sports fan.
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