The Coshocton County Beacon January 10, 2018 - Page 14

14 THE BEACON JANUARY 10, 2018 SUPPORT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT File | Beacon File | Beacon A West Lafayett e Police cruiser is pictured taking part in a community parade. The West Lafayett e Rotary Club estab- lished, in cooperation with the West La- fayett e Police Department, a food pantry for local residents who are facing a need for food or other necessities. West Lafayett e Police Offi cer fulfi lls childhood dream By Josie Sellers WEST LAFAYETTE – West Lafayette Police Department Corporal Larry Dusenberry knew as a child that he wanted to be an offi cer of the law. “I grew up on all the old TV shows like ‘Hunter’ and ‘CHiPs’ and I was going to be like Bubba in ‘In the Heat of the Night,’” he said. Dusenberry took the fi rst step in pursuing his child- hood dream right after high school when he enrolled at COTC in Newark. “I did a two-year program where you got your degree and certifi cation all at the same time,” he said. “It was a very busy two years. Th ere were times we were on campus for 12-14 hours a day.” After his graduation from COTC, Dusenberry, who is from Coshocton County, started working for the West Lafayette Police Department in October 1999. He is joined at the department by Chief Stephen Klopfen- stein, fellow Corporal Morgan Eckelberry, Detective Ducoty Cochran, and part time offi cers Donald Brad- ford and Scott Demeter. “Th e kids are what keep me going,” he said. “I was young when I started here. I was only 20 so I could Josie Sellers | Beacon The West Lafayett e Police Department is located at 116 N. Kirk St. in West Lafayett e. relate really well to them. I’ve been able to make a lot of connections. Even now I’ll have kids stop me and say ‘Hey Dusenberry you coming to the game tonight?’ My primary shift is afternoons so I’m at 99 percent of them.” He’s also enjoyed watching kids in the community grow up. “Some of the kids I knew when I started are in their 20s now and have kids of their own,” Dusenberry said. “I’ve been to a lot of funerals and weddings since start- ing here.” Dusenberry doesn’t have a specifi c career goal in mind for his future, but knows he wants to keep helping people. “It’s always a good feeling to be able to get out and help people,” he said. “I’m open to whatever may devel- op or happen in the future.” To anyone considering going into a law enforcement career, Dusenberry suggests they look at all their op- tions. “Th ere are a lot of diff erent elements to it,” he said. “It’s not just about policing. Th ere are a lot of diff erent fi elds. Look for one that is the best fi t for your beliefs and abilities. It’s a lot of responsibilities to be a police offi cer. We are looking out for the 2,700 people that live here and that doesn’t count the people coming in and out of town. Th ere is so much more that goes on with this job than people know about. We aren’t out to be mean guys. We are just trying to do our job and sometimes we have to make quick decisions with the information we have at the time. We are doing our best to protect and serve and make sure everyone goes home safe.”