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|Elg hands over police chief reigns ... for one day|
Parker Wold was an immediate hit at the West Monroe Police Department, vowing he would give pay raises as the new police chief.
The 12-year-old Northeast Baptist School 7th grader "served" as West Monroe's police chief for a day late last week.
Wold was picked from among hundreds of West Monroe students who wrote essays discussing what they would do if they were police chief for a day.
On Friday, Wold was picked up by officers and taken to the police station where he toured the facility and met Chief Christopher Elg's staff.
He toured the communications room, metro narcotics and went on patrol with officers. He also met Mayor Dave Norris, toured the police academy and handed out certificates to 4-year-olds at the Safety Town graduation at the Children's Museum.
One of his favorite parts of the day was riding around town with patrol officers.
Within minutes on the job, a handful of people approached him wanting to discuss pay raises.
"If he did that, he'd be the permanent chief," Elg said, referring to Wold's promise to grant pay raises if he was officially the chief.
Wold discussed pay raises in his essay and also said if he was police chief he would secure more patrol cars for the department and have police officers do more community policing to get to know citizens better.
Elg said, "In his essay, he appeared to have a real genuine concern for the community and the folks in the police department. He showed true leadership in his writing. We had a lot of good essays, and it was really difficult to pick the winner."
Elg said Wold did a great job for his first day as a police chief.
"He hit the ground running from the time we picked him up," Elg continued. "We tried to show him a lot, and he found that the schedule can sometimes change because of different things going on. I think this is a great opportunity. I really enjoy my job and it's nice to give children this opportunity.
"His mom and dad are very proud of his accomplishments, and we are, too. We tried to make this as fun and educational as possible, and hopefully it will be something that he won't soon forget. I don't think it's every day that he gets to be interviewed by the media, arrest reporters and run license plates to see if they are stolen."
Wold added, "It's a great experience and I think other kids should try to do this because it is something you won't forget for a long time."
Law enforcement might be a career possibility for Wold, but what he really wants to pursue is a career in the Air Force, doing computer and mechanical work.
Wold is the second student to be West Monroe's police chief for a day. Elg hopes to offer this activity to local school children at least once a year.
Wold is the son of Troy and Jae Wold.