Covington swears in new police officer

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New recruit Paul Mace, center, poses with, from left, Captain Greg Jones, Assistant Chief Brian Steffen, Captain Brian Valenti, and Mayor Joe Meyer.

 

COVINGTON, Ky. - Covington’s newest police officer comes to the City from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he’s been a security officer for nearly three years. 

Paul Mace was sworn in Monday morning by Mayor Joe Meyer during a short ceremony in the Covington City Commission chambers. His hiring was approved by the City Commission on Oct. 29.
 
“He’s highly qualified to come in and do the job, and we’re happy to have him,” Assistant Chief Brian Steffen said.
 
Steffen pointed out to Mace the words written on the back of Covington’s badge - integrity, professionalism, justice and compassion - and told him that “from this point forward, everything you do ... will be referenced back to these core values.”
 
Meyer talked about the many hats that a police officer has to wear - including social worker, marriage counselor, community leader and communicator -- and said Mace would be required to have “the patience of Job” in doing a job that is “challenging, rewarding and interesting.”

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer administers the Kentucky Constitution’s oath of office to new police recruit Paul Mace, including the mandated part about never having “fought a duel with deadly weapons.”

 
He also praised Covington’s force for its relationship with the broader Covington community.
 
“The one service that the City offers that is most used is the Police Department,” Meyer said. “Our police are the front door to city services for the general public. You’re joining a great team.”
 
Mace will be sent to the training academy in Richmond during its next available class to undergo training and become certified by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.
 
In addition to the many duties he performed as a security officer at the hospital, Mace has an associate’s degree in applied science, criminal justice from Gateway Community & Technical College.

Covington Assistant Police Chief Brian Steffen handles Paul Mace his badge.


 
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