THAYER -- Terry Bounds, 31, is a sergeant with the Thayer Police Department. He moved from St. Louis to Alton when he was 10-years-old and is a 1995 graduate of Alton High School.
After high school, Bounds served in the Army for four years. "I worked in communications while in the Army. I would go out into the field and set up telephone networks for field units," he said.
Bounds did his basic training at Fort Jackson, N.C., and his Army schooling at Fort Gorden, Ga. During his first duty he was stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga. He re-enlisted in the Army and during his second duty he was stationed in Fort Riley, Kan.
Bounds has worked for the police department for seven years. He began as a dispatcher and received his 640 hours of basic law enforcement training from the Sheriff's Academy in West Plains. He said the academy taught basic law enforcement training.
At the Thayer Police Department he serves as the TAC officer and oversees the training of the Missouri Uniformed Law Enforcement Services (MULES) computer. He said this compter is used to check individuals when they are stopped to see if they have a valid drivers license, have warrants issued or other information.
Bounds first worked the late night shift at the police department but now works mostly evenings. He said he patrols the city, answers calls and complaints and watches buildings after dark.
"The two biggest problems I see in Thayer is drugs and drunk driving," Bounds said.
He has a reserve commission with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department and works transporting prisoners for them sometimes. He said he also works river patrol for the sheriff's department in the summer.
Bounds said he likes most all aspects of his job as a Thayer Police Officer.
" I treat everybody the way I would want to be treated," he said.