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“It took me a long time to find my way in life, but everything seemed to push me to law enforcement . . .. People say it’s a calling, and it really is,” said Andrew Mendez. After first deciding to pursue a career as a police officer, Mendez became a certified reserve officer with the West Liberty Police Department (WLPD). Throughout the process, Mendez reaffirmed his desire to protect and serve, and found a home at the WLPD.
About a year and a half ago, hen talking to a friend, Mendez found out the WLPD needed reserve officers and decided to apply. When Mendez first met with the WLPD chief, Kary Kinmonth, he recalls Kinmonth saying, “I see something in you and I think you would be a good candidate for a reserve officer,” and encouraged him to apply. Mendez did. From there, Mendez got approval to become a reserve officer and joined the WLPD on September 11th, 2017.
According to Kinmonth, “A reserve officer is similar to a volunteer firefighter, in that it is an unpaid position for the police department. Once through about 150 hours of ride time, training, and testing, they become a certified reserve police officer with all the same duties and responsibilities of a full-time police officer.”
For Mendez, this meant attending training and testing courses on the weekend three days each month and doing field training with WLPD officers Jack Bierman and Josh Houser. Though keeping up with his training and working full time kept Mendez beyond busy, Bierman and Houser’s support helped immensely and ultimately helped him complete his training. Mendez remembers, “They would take time out of their shift to go over my notes. . .. For as small a town as West Liberty is, they have some of the most knowledgeable officers . . . they’re the cream of the crop and really know the law.”
Both while completing his training and now that he has become a certified reserve officer, Mendez feels that the WLPD has done everything possible to give him a firm foundation in police work and to treat him with respect. “You’re not looked at as a reserve officer. You’re looked at as an officer and have the same responsibilities as an officer. It’s not something to take lightly.”
As Mendez begins this newest part of his career and works towards becoming a full-time officer Kinmonth predicts he will have an outstanding career. “I love Andrew. He has a very bright future in law enforcement. . .. He is always accountable and available. He has a great head on his shoulders and the desire to help people. I hope Andrew stays true to himself and relies on the training and experience he has received. He is a fantastic reserve officer and I have no doubt he will be fantastic as a full-time police officer one day.”

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