KAYSVILLE, UTAH (ABC4 UTAH) Officer Lacy Miller-Turner was recently recognized with a first responder award. She's been D.A.R.E. officer. She works as a School Resource Officer. She performed lifesaving CPR two different times. And, she's this week's Behind the Badge police profile.
"You get what you put out. I don't do this just to make myself feel good. I do it because I really have a passion to help people." Officer Lacy's desire to help is easy to see. The Kaysville cop has been a D.A.R.E. officer at a handful of schools. "You get to come into these little kids lives and teach them things that need to be taught and do it in a way that they see you as a friend."
She spends 12 hours a week roaming the halls and interacting with students as a school resource officer. "I've had kids tell me things that they never would have told anybody if I hadn't been at the school. It's humbling, I guess to see what a difference you can make." And her main job is with the department's Problem Oriented Policing unit. "We are all striving to do a lot more community policing. It's not just arresting bad guys. It is building trust in the smallest ways possible - here and there."
In addition to all her assigned duties - Lacy believes being an officer also means being a role model - especially to girls and young women. "I don't ever remember seeing a female cop while growing up. There never was the female role model that I could say Oh, I want to be that person." "You see that they look up to you. You need to give them a reason to look up to you. Because there are a thousand ways they can look at it. Try to be a positive role model for them."
Officer Lacy also takes on a lot of extra duties and is willing to extend a hand. "I want to help people. I want to help people be better." However, he 29-year-old says law enforcement actually wasn't her plan when she went to college. "I wanted to be a vet. That was my dream since I was a little kid. I love animals. Then I took my first chemistry test and thought I don't know if this is the right thing for me." It wasn't - and she ended up with a degree in social work and passion for police work. " I think this is a job that you don't get into unless you love it and I love helping people."
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