Prime-time television shows have led to a growing interest in law enforcement, police work and investigative technology. Pineville resident Justin Taylor’s story isn’t much different.
“I guess I got interested in it from watching COPS when I was a kid. There was something about it that just kind of stuck with me and now I get to do it every day,” said Taylor.
Taylor is the newest member of the Pineville Police Department and was sworn in as a patrolman on Jan. 4. In just a few short days on the job, Taylor has learned that his time with the PPD will not have the constant action of COPS, but will be more about caring for his community and treating citizens with respect.
“With COPS, you don’t see the welfare checks or the special calls we make to elderly or helping somebody on the side of the road that’s got a flat. That’s not something you see on a TV show, but it’s 90 percent of the job and it’s not as negative as it shows,” said Taylor.
Before the PPD Taylor worked for Clayton Mobile Homes but more recently as a corrections officer at the Bell County Detention Center, where he believes the most influential and important part of his experience with law enforcement has come from.
“My experience there will really help me with this. From that, I learned how to deal with certain medical situations, emergencies, violent situations and remaining calm. I feel like the experience will make the transition a little easier, too,” said Taylor.
Taylor’s most memorable case comes from his time as a correctional officer when he helped to defuse a hostage situation. He believes his experience helped him learn to keep a level head in a potentially dangerous situation.
Taylor is anticipating going to the police academy in late summer and is looking forward to learning more about his new job and the details that go along with it.
“I really like learning and it will be good to learn as much as I can. The more you can learn about the laws and handling of certain situations, the better I’ll be at my job and that’s important,” said Taylor.
Taylor is a Pineville High School Graduate from 2002 and still lives in his hometown. Taylor is a University of Kentucky sports fan and enjoys working out in his free time.
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