Thursday, April 16, 2015

WC: Behind the Badge - Alan King

J-E Editor

Everyday the people of Webster County are served by the members of our various local law enforcement agencies. From the city police departments to the Sheriff’s office and Fish and Wildlife officers, these men put their lives on the line every day so that we can be safe.
During 2015 the J-E will look to honor each of these officers by telling their story in the pages of our newspaper. Please, join us in thanking these officers for what they do.

Major Alan King

Providence Assistant Police Chief Alan King believes in helping people. That, and working with children, are the thing that drives him most in his career in law enforcement. Those are the things the drove him before that career started.

He began his career helping kids on the sidelines of a basketball court rather than behind a badge. The Madisonville native graduated from MNHHS and then attended college at Western Kentucky University before finally finishing his Bachelors Degree in Human Services at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY.

After graduating, King joined the staff of the Blue Raider Women’s basketball team as an assistant coach. He spent seven years coaching at LWC.

“Law enforcement was an opportunity that came along later in life for me,” said King. “I was an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Lindsey Wilson and started working security for the college.”

That stint working security for the college would change his life. After getting experience in security, he was hired part time by the Adair County Sheriff Department. Eventually that position became a full time job.

After four years in Adair County, King had the chance to return home. He took a position working as the school resource officer at Hopkins County Central High School during the 2006-2007 school year.

In September of 2008 he joined the Providence Police Department. In the seven years since he has became the Assistant Chief of Police and has been responsible for writing grants for the department. Those grants have brought in new vests, tasers and rifles for the department.

King said the worst part of his job is hearing parents use the police to threaten their kids.

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