Former chief remembers other fallen officers

Andalusia Star News

Longtime law enforcement officer and retired Opp Police Chief Bill Shaw spoke at yesterday’s law enforcement memorial ceremony.

Shaw shared what made him become a police officer, remembered some fallen officers, and spoke about different things that happened during his tenure in law enforcement.

Shaw said that District Attorney Walt Merrell recently asked officers why they got involved in law enforcement. “Brett Holmes said he wanted to hear from Bill Shaw,” he said. “I never wanted to be a police officer.”

Shaw said he never shared the typical little boy’s dream of being a firefighter or police officer.

But he got involved in law enforcement in the 1960s.

His first job was as an auxiliary deputy with the Bullock County Sheriff’s Department.

He said the sheriff thought he was too young to have a firearm and instead gave him a No. 33 walnut baseball bat.

He was instructed to use it when going to serve warrants. He was assigned to the back door of a residence in case people tried to escape out of the back entrance.

He said his first weekend was quiet. Read More>

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