Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Seymour Police Captain Don Walker poses for a photo at the Seymour Police Station. Walker retired Wednesday with 39 years of service to the police force.
Seymour police officer Don Walker said he’s going to miss being a part of the team.
A team, he said, that isn’t just made up of officers but includes community members and organizations.
“The best part has been the ability to work with the public and with organizations and be a part of a team. No matter what team that is,” he said.
As a police officer, Walker said he was able to be a part of school activities and made partnerships with community organizations.
“The things that had the most impact were times when I was not just an enforcer but when I was being a representative,” he said.
Walker said the job isn’t always easy. Being an officer has a lot of ups and downs, he said.
“I haven’t enjoyed every minute of it,” Walker said. “There have been bad times, and some of them affected us.”
Walker said sometimes things officers see can change their attitude and have an impression on their memories even though they try not to let them.
But he said, “There are just as many good memories as bad ones.”
Walker is retiring after serving with Seymour Police Department for 39 years. In 1973, he started in the cadet program and began to learn the job by working as a dispatcher and a bailiff.
“That way learning the job was part of the job experience,” he said. “It’s the same thing now. It’s just called something different.”
Walker said police departments today get hundreds of resumes from applicants with criminology degrees and regularly employ interns to help teach the job to those interested.
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