Police department welcomes new officer

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— Growing up with a U.S. diplomat for a mother and watching other family members dedicate themselves to public service played a large role in Nick Moore's decision to enter law enforcement more than two years ago.

Moore, 27, began working as a patrol officer with the Steamboat Springs Police Department last week.

"Being a police officer is my way of being able to serve my community," he said.

Moore previously worked as a detention deputy for the Routt County Sheriff's Office, a job he said he enjoyed doing but wanted to move on from.

"I'm definitely on the other side of things now. Now, I am helping make arrests and being outside in the community, whereas at the (Routt County Sheriff's Office), I was taking what someone else had done and was dealing with it on the inside and with the courts," he said.

Police Capt. Joel Rae said the department is pleased to have Moore on board.

"He's a very welcome addition to our department, and we're excited for him to go through the training process," Rae said.

Moore is in his second week of a 16-week training program that he must successfully complete before being allowed to patrol the city on his own.

Moore graduated from the police academy in February and applied for the job with the police department in July.

Moore filled one of two empty positions at the department. A second officer may be hired at the department soon, Rae said.

Moore said he is glad to have been given the opportunity to serve the community in which he lives.

"I look forward to serving the community and doing it as positively as possible," he said.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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