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Thumday, Dec. 11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-3 By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com Police work isn't all arrests, traffic stops and tickets, said Darrin Moody, the Shelton Po- lice Department's new chief. "That's too often what people think the job is," he said. "The job's about community engage- ment and quality of life." This means Shelton resi- dents can expect more officers on foot patrols, he said. "'Get out of your car.' That's what I tell them," Moody said in an interview with the Jour- nal. "The reality is if you get out of the car, you learn a lot more." Under his tenure, Shelton Police officers will be "always engaged and always respect- ful," Moody said. "All I'm doing is adding to what the chiefs prior to me were doing," he said. Moody started in law enforce- ment in Modesto, California, in 1987, as a reserve police officer and community service officer. Two years later, he was hired as a full-time police of- ricer in Fairfield, California, where he worked for 25 years. "To be honest with you, I never thought I'd be sitting in a chiefs chair," he said Moody said he and his wife, Mary Ann, considered retir- ing early. However, with fam- ily in Oregon and Washington, New Shelton Police Chief Darrin in last month, said he wants to community engagement. Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Moody, who was sworn focus on education and Moody started looking at police chief jobs in the Northwest. Af- ter visiting Shelton, they knew it was the right place. "It worked out well," ,he said. Moody took the helm at the Shelten Police Department in American Military University. mid-November. After a few "There are so many aspects weeks as chief, he said he is of homeland security that are very impressed with the "sense amazing to me," he said. ofvolunteerism" in Shelton and Narcotics and property Mason County. crimes present some of the "I came from a city of l20,000 largest challenges to law en- -- we had Rotary, Kiwanis, forcement, Moody said. Drug things like that," he said. "Now users often commit property in a city of 10,000, you've got crimes to support their habit, that and more." he said. Moody said he has also beenTo address the problem, impressed with the sense ofMoody said he plans to focus on pride among officers and staffin drug offenses. the Shelton Police Department. "That's enforcement (and) "They've been very support-treatment.., getting to the root ive," he said. cause of it," he said. Moody recently weighed in While still familiarizing on the city of Shelton's new himself with the area, Moody ordinance criminalizing dump- said he has a lot of ideas for ster diving. Shelton. He said officers will contact Moody said he hopes to work people caught dumpster diving with local nonprofit organiza- and explain the new ordinance, tions to help provide services to "It's education," he said. "It's the homeless and impoverished telling people why it's not a while not duplicating services. good idea." "If we could coordinate ser- Moody's parents were both vices ... I think that would educators, and he said he con- be a better use of resources," sidered being a teacher before he said. "Is it better to give (a becoming involved with the homeless person) a dollar or Modesto Police Department. better to show them where to "I enjoyed being involved get the services?" with people," he said. "At the Moody said he also wants to time, I really didn't have an work on programs to bring of- interest in finishing college, ricers into schools to read with Since then I realized I should students or help with after- have finished college." school programs. Moody has a bachelor's de- "Some people say that's not gree in criminal justice, and the Police Department's job. It is pursuing a master's degree is the Police Department's job," in homeland security from the he said. the state's roughly 300 plants Shelton gives to achieve full compliance facilities receive with the state's pollutant dis- nod to plans charge elimination standards, the department reports. state awards "It takes diligent operators for 2015 and a strong management The state Department of team, working effectively to- The city of Shelton's work Ecology recognized two of gether, to achieve this high plans for next year include Shelton's facilities, a waste- level of compliance," the award establishing a Volunteers water treatment plant and announcement stated. "It is not in Police Services program, water reclamation facility, easy to operate a wastewater demolishing two or three der- Both facilities received the treatment plant 24 hours a elict buildings through abate- department's Wastewater day, 365 days a year, without ment, and working with the Treatment Plant Outstanding violations." Friends of Shelton Dog Park Performance award for 2013. The awards were presented to establish an off-leash dog The two wastewater treat- at the Shelton City Commis-.park at Kneeland Park. ment plants are among 125 of sion's study session Monday. The Shelton City Corn- mission gave preliminary ap- proval to the 2015 work plan at its study session Monday. The plan can receive final ap- proval a .part the commis- sion's c~ent agenda at its meeting at 6 pma: Monday in the Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota St. The city produces a work plan each year. Every city department produces a list of projects it hopes to accomplish that year. All the work plan projects are included in the proposed city budget for 2015, which the Shelten City Commission could pass at its meeting Mon- day. Some of the plans are de- pendent on financing becom- ing available. The proposed plans include the Public Works Department securing funding for Front Street area improvements, the Finance Department purchas- ing and installing new finan- cial management sofLware, and the Sewer Department securing funding for the Basin 3 project. Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks ; Signature Platinum INTRODUCING TWO NEW CREDIT CARDS FROM PENINSULA CREDIT UNION No Annual Fee, Low Rates, Local and Secure, Plus 9 months at 2.49%APR! C R E D I *Introductory Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is 2.49% for 9 months from date of approval. After that, APR will be 6.75%-18.00% based on creditworthiness. This APR will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. See Account Agreement for complete information. (800)426-1601 www.