Westminster Police Officer Chris Workman has been with the department for nearly eight years.
The Manchester native and North Carroll alumnus came to the department after interning with it during high school, he said in an email.
"I came to know the people and developed great working and personal relationships. I also wanted to serve the county I grew up in," Workman said in the email.
Workman can be found on patrol during the night shift, which starts at 10:30 p.m., in the area of Westminster that spans from around Court Street to Market Street, he said in the email.
Outside of standard training from the police academy, Workman has received specialized training for operating preliminary breath tests, used to determine a person's blood alcohol content, and using an intoximeter, which is a court-admissable test for the amount of alcohol in a person's blood.
The Times spoke with Workman about being an officer in Westminster and why his favorite part of the job is traffic enforcement.
Q: Why did you decide to go into law enforcement?
A: I knew from an early age that I wanted to get into law enforcement. I have family who are police officers, and that was a great influence on my career path. I also wanted to do something where I could help others.
Q: What have been some of the best parts of the job? The most challenging?
A: One of the best parts of the job is helping a victim get closure, whether its a victim of an assault or getting the property back for a theft victim. People are appreciative of the work put into helping them. For me, one of the most challenging things as an officer is making a death notification. I have had to make several notifications over the years, and it never gets any easier telling someone they lost a loved one.
Q: What is one thing you want people to know about being an officer?
A: One thing I want people to know is the job involves a lot more writing than one would think. When writing a report for a serious crime they can get lengthy. It wasn't until I got on the job that I learned how much writing and paperwork was involved.
Q: What is your favorite part about being an officer?
A: For me, one of my favorite parts is traffic enforcement. Aggressive driving and DWI/DUI have always been issues that bothered me since I became an officer. I've spoken to the relatives of DUI victims. Their lives are just shattered. Who knows how many lives are saved each time an impaired driver is removed from the roads. I like to think I prevented at least one death.
Q: What is a typical work day like for you?
A: My shift starts at 10:30 p.m and runs until 7 a.m. Depending on calls for service, I start out my shift checking out the hot spot areas of my patrol sector. I'll then do some traffic enforcement in my assigned area. If I have any open cases, I'll follow up on those cases or enter any new reports into the computer system.
Q: What is one moment on the job you'll never forget?
A: Recently, I went to an unattended death call involving a person in their 20s who had a substance abuse problem. Unfortunately, it was not the first and it is something you do not get used to seeing.
Q: What is an embarrassing story or fact you are willing to share about yourself?
A: Only one I can think of is that I have conversations with my dogs. (One sided of course.) What pet owners don't talk to their animals though? Haha.
Q: When you are out of uniform, what do you like to do?
A: When I'm not at work I enjoy relaxing at home with my wife and two dogs. In the spring and summer, I enjoy doing projects around the house.
Q: What television shows do you have on your DVR right now? What was the last movie you watched?
A: TV shows [that] I'm watching right now are "The Walking Dead" and the Investigation Discovery channel. The last movie I watched was "Christmas Vacation."
Q: What is something you like to talk about outside of work?
A: I like to talk about my two dogs. They provide great stress relief from the job and always greet me with excitement when I get home from work. My wife and I are huge animal people.