New officer comfortable with Baldwin’s size
Lance Parker is happy to be back in a small town.
Baldwin's newest police officer feels at home after coming from Wichita.
"I feel comfortable coming to a small town. I like small towns," he said. "I was raised in a small town. It's what I know, it's what feels right. I just feel right in a small community."
Parker, 26, started with the Baldwin City Police Department Monday, making him the sixth full-time police officer on the force. The BCPD also has one part-time officer.
He said he had done some security work in Wichita, but this is his first position as a police officer.
"It's something I want to do at this point in my life," he said. "It's a challenge, and I'm ready to set forth with that."
Parker comes from a family with a strong law enforcement background. His grandfather was a judge, his father is currently an instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, and his brother is a police officer.
Police Chief Mike McKenna said he believes Parker's family background will be beneficial, as will his desire to be a police officer.
"He brings with him enthusiasm for the job, as well as dedication," McKenna said. "He has expressed a willingness to work with others."
Parker moved to Baldwin with his wife, Tara, and two sons, Austin, 3, and Aaron, 10 months.
He said he's looking to starting his police career in Baldwin.
"I came here to do my job and be an asset to the police department," he said. "I look forward to what the future brings me."