THAYER -- Kevin Bettis is the newest officer at the Thayer Police Department.
He is 24-years old and a 2002 graduate of Thayer High School and a 2008 graduate of the Missouri Sheriff's Association in West Plains. He worked as a dispatcher at the police department for six months before becoming an officer. Before joining the police force he worked as a logger.
Bettis usually works nights unless he takes someone's place who needs off on another shift.
"I patrol the city at night and check buildings," Bettis said.
Bettis said the least favorite part of his job is when the justice system does not do what he thinks they should. "I don't appreciate it when I see what has been done to a victim and charges are filed and the court does not give them what they deserve. To the victims it is always a serious matter," he said.
"No matter what people think about police or law enforcement in general, when something happens, we are the first ones they call. It is a good feeling to see the look on people's faces when you know as an officer you have done everything you can do," Bettis said.
Bettis said he works with a great group of guys. "They have been very patient with me and taught me a lot. If I ever have a question, night or day, they have been there for me," he said.
The officer said working in law enforcement has been his dream since he was a child and it is definitely going to be his career.