Cherokee Village welcomes new officer
The Cherokee Village Police Department recently welcomed a new officer, Derrick Times.
Born and raised in Memphis, following his high school graduation, he entered the military.
While serving, he was injured and was honorably discharged.
“I always knew I wanted to be in law enforcement. I got my first opportunity with the Helena-West Helena Police Department. It was new and very different from Memphis. I was there for about a year and a half and was given an opportunity to go to Clarendon and I went and became their K9 handler,” Times said. “I loved the job and learned a lot of new things. I was fortunate to work with the First District Judicial Drug Task Force.”
With a few years of law enforcement experience, Times said he was ready for a change of pace and opted to return home to Memphis where he then took a job working as a campus policeman for the University of Tennessee.
Thankful for the experience he gained while working as a campus policeman, and the reasons for returning home having resolved themselves, Times was ready to return to traditional policing.
Working briefly for Ocseola, Times was given information about an opportunity in Cherokee Village by an officer who formerly served as his field training officer while he was beginning his law enforcement career.
“She told me about Cherokee Village, that there was an opening and if I was hired, that I would have the opportunity to expand on what I already loved to do,” Times said. “I came and applied and I was hired. The day before I was hired, I relocated to this area.”
Times said as he has worked in Cherokee Village, he has worked to develop a rapport with the community, something he intends to continue do, especially with regards to acting as a positive role model for area youth.
“I am 26. I’m the youngest of everyone at this department and one has to connect with the youth. Why not me? I’m on social media; Tik-Tok, Snapchat, so why not connect with the youth and show them there is someone who they can connect to. They will come to me about certain things so I make it my mission to be involved with the youth,” Times said.
In addition to working with youth, Times said throughout his career in law enforcement, his passion has tended to be more focused on working narcotics and removing drugs from the streets.
“A lot of things come with history. I enjoy history and when I first became a police officer, I found narcotics had a long lengthy history. I was fascinated by it and how intriguing it was. It became like a game of hide and go seek and kept me on my toes as an officer because people will try to manipulate the system and hide things,” Times said. “They’ll hide in different compartments and areas and those are one of the things, unlike other cases, there is always a connection to something bigger and never dies out. Someone is always trying to become a bigger fish.”
Times said he looks forward to serving the community and is honored to serve.
“I am in it for a long haul and my hopes are to eventually move up in the ranks but in the mean time, set a precedent. Cherokee Village has great officers, we’re really good at narcotics and community relations and that people can come to this police department. I want to be a part of not just a governmental or city organizational police department, I want people to feel like we’re family and they can come to us,” Times said.