The Coshocton County Beacon January 10, 2018 - Page 14
14 THE BEACON
JANUARY 10, 2018
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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
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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
He’s also enjoyed watching kids in the community
“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-
Dusenberry doesn’t have a specifi c career goal in
mind for his future, but knows he wants to keep helping
“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-
“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.”