New graduate named APD officer of week

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Officer Leacroft McKay of the Andalusia Police Department graduated from the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma, Alabama on Dec. 15, 2016.

Officer McKay was employed by APD in August 2016.

He has more than  six years of military experience in the Army National Guard where he was recently promoted to first lieutenant.

He attended Marion Military Institute and the University of Alabama where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Officer McKay makes his home in Covington County.

Working nights and weekends are his favorite shifts as a new officer.

He enjoys spending his free time with his family.

He cheers for his alma mater, the University of Alabama and has recently became a fan of the Andalusia Bulldogs.

His favorite meal would include steak and red velvet cake.

Officer McKay offered the following advice for those wanting to join law enforcement, “law enforcement is a career – you must be able to give all you have for this career. It is all about protecting those who cannot protect themselves.”

He chose law enforcement as his career because, “I was tired of not being able to help those that need help and were unable to help themselves.”

His future plans and goals with APD include moving up in the ranks and becoming an investigator.

“Officer McKay comes to work every day ready for whatever the job may entail. His preparedness, his willingness, and his want to continue to learn and better himself is not only proof of his readiness to want to help those in need but also his will to want to be more of an asset to the community he serves and protects. We are very proud of the work McKay has already done and look forward to his growth as an officer and in the law enforcement family,” said Chief Paul Hudson.