Taylor named officer of week

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Officer Kody Taylor has been selected a this week’s “Officer of the Week” at Andalusia Police Department.

Taylor has been employed with the Andalusia Police Department since April 2014 .

He attended the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center where he graduated from the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission Academy in August 2014.

Officer Kody Taylor was named the APD officer of the week. | Courtesy photo

Officer Kody Taylor was named the APD officer of the week. | Courtesy photo

Officer Taylor is currently working on C Shift, under the direction of Sgt. Nic Ireland and Lt. Alice Donaldson.

Taylor said the reason he chose law enforcement as a profession was because he wanted to serve and protect the citizens of Andalusia and to be a positive role model for not only his girls but other youth in the area.

When Taylor isn’t working, he’s spending time with his twin daughters, enjoying his days out on the golf course, pulling for the Alabama Crimson Tide and his favorite dessert is caramel cake. Officer Taylor’s favorite shift to work is weekend shift, and he hopes to one day become a K9 handler for APD.

Officer Taylor offered the following advice for anyone wanting to become a police officer, “my advice for anyone wanting to join law enforcement is to make sure it is absolutely something you want to do; it’s not just a normal job and it takes a lot of dedication to not only your department but also the community”.

Chief Paul Hudson had the following comments to make about Officer Taylor, “Kody is a well respected officer at APD. We have a young department. Employing young men and women who take the job as seriously as our group does and who want to provide the best protection to the citizens and community, isn’t an easy process. We’ve interviewed and hired many who could not perform or make the “cut”. It’s not an easy job. It isn’t easy to ask a father of two young children to come out and work and put their life on the line for this community — but he chose to do it and has proven himself to be a positive influence and role model to other young officers. We’re proud of the young man, father, and officer, Kody has become and is continuing to grow into.”