The Benton Police Department recently welcomed a new officer to the team, filling the vacancy following a recent retirement.
Officer Tyler Coursey, a Calloway County native, said he's fulfilling his childhood dream by serving as a law enforcement officer and is excited for the opportunity to continue to do so in Benton.
"I always wanted to be an officer when I was younger and I wanted to straight out of high school, but you have to be 21. So I got into construction for a while, then after my daughter was born and I turned 25 I decided it was time to jump in," he said. "When I first started I just enjoyed getting out and helping people and do what I wanted to do while still providing for my family."
Coursey's law enforcement career began with Murray Police Department, where he's worked for the last seven years. He said one of his friends, Benton Police Department Officer Ryan Moore, called him about the opening and invited him to apply. He's gotten to know several of the officers through inservice, he explained, so he already knew most of his now coworkers.
"I've always heard good things about Benton and when I initially applied to begin my career I applied with Benton but Murray picked me up first," he said. "Ryan told me the guys in the department were great, and that Chief Sanderson and Mayor Dotson were supportive and great to work with. It's a really great department and my wife was supportive so here I am."
Coursey said he's looking forward to continuing the job he loves in Benton and meeting new and interesting people every day, one of his favorite parts of the job. The other part of the job he loves is the brotherhood and camaraderie among his fellow officers, and said he's excited to bond with his new brothers.
When he's not on the clock, Coursey said he enjoys woodworking and construction jobs, hunting with dad and hanging out with his wife, Shaye, and daughter, Ellie.
Benton Police Chief Stephen Sanderson said, "Tyler brings with him a lot of experience and came highly recommended. His approach to policing is community-oriented and he will be an asset to our department."