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Chris Copeland 

Name: Chris Copeland

Occupation: Sergeant at the Decatur Police Department

Why did you get into law enforcement?

I went into the Army at the age of 18 with dreams of using the GI Bill for music school. When I got out three years later, my priorities had changed.  I was looking at a book that listed average salaries for different professions and saw that police officers made decent money.  My dad had been a part-time officer in a small town when I was growing up, so I decided to give it a shot.

2. How long have you been with the department?

I started out with the DPD Auxiliary Unit, which is a group of volunteers, in January of 1996.  I was hired as a Police Patrol Officer in April of 1997.  I became a Street Crimes Detective in October of 2005 and was promoted to Sergeant in October of 2007.  I went back to Patrol where I remained as a second shift Sergeant until I was assigned to the Adult Detective Bureau in June of 2012.

3. What is the most fulfilling part of the job?

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Being a part of an excellent team of detectives, and helping them achieve their outstanding major case closure rate.

4. If you hadn't become a cop, what would you have done instead?

I first majored in psychology when I started college after the Army, so probably something in that field.

5. What do you do in your off time?

I play guitar in a band.

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