Archive for Wednesday, March 6, 2002

BCPD has new officer on streets

March 6, 2002

The Baldwin City Police Department has a new face on the force.

Officer Chris McCaig, who joined the department in October and has spent the last few months training in Yoder, has only been patrolling the city streets since mid-January.

But in his month and a half on duty, he said he has liked getting to know the Baldwin community.

"It's a nice, quiet little town," he said. "The people seem to be pretty friendly."

Before coming to Baldwin, McCaig, 25, had been a police officer in the U.S. Army at Fort Riley for five years.

"I tried to join the army as a firefighter because that's pretty much what my family did," he said. "But I decided to go to the other side."

After leaving the army, McCaig moved to Lawrence with his wife, Lindsey.

But since becoming a Baldwin police officer, he said he and his wife have been looking for a house in Baldwin.

"I'd rather live where I work," he said. "I want to feel like part of the community instead of an outsider just coming into town to work."

He said getting to be part of the community is also important in order to do his job correctly.

"They'll probably say I'm a little different from the other guys," he said. "I like to get out and walk and talk to people. I like to spend time in the neighborhoods.

"If you talk to people, they feel that they can approach you later," he said. "They feel they can come up and talk to you."

McCaig, who is currently working the night and weekend shifts, said he's eager to introduce himself to more Baldwin residents.

"Everybody always seems real curious about who I am," he said.

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