For former Troy Police Department Major Raymond Floyd, it’s about seeking a new challenge.
After nearly three decades with the department, Floyd left his position Feb. 12 to take a new one with the St. Charles Police Department, where he will serve as the rank of captain. Floyd said while the significant raise in salary was a factor in leaving, joining a well-known police department with a long history of service to the community was another – and opportunities like this don’t come around very often.
“St. Charles has a large tax revenue, and they have one of the best police departments in the area,” he said. “This is one of the first times an opportunity like this has come up in a department like this in a very long time, plus I love a challenge.”
Floyd thanked the department, as well as the City of Troy for its support over his career.
“The men and women I worked with at the Troy Police Department are some of the best law enforcement officers around,” Floyd said. “With many communities having problems with their police departments, this community has always supported its police department – and we’ve always appreciated that.”
Law enforcement runs in Floyd’s family. His father, Jack Floyd, was a police officer for 40 years, and served as chief of police of the Bowling Green Police Department for 30 years.
His mother, Joanne, served as a police dispatcher, and his wife, Kim, is a 22-year law enforcement veteran who currently serves as a deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
When Floyd first joined the Troy Police Department in 1994, there were just 12 full-time officers working two officers per 12-hour shift in a small city of around 4,000 people. Floyd is leaving a department that has more than doubled in size in a city that has tripled in size.
Along with the positives that come with the growth of Troy also come the rise in crime, and Floyd has seen all of it during his time in the city.
“Troy was still fairly rural. A lot of the subdivisions we have now were still wooded areas when I got started here,” he said. “With all of the good things that come with population growth, so do the negatives things that come with it.”
As Floyd looked back on his time with the Troy Police Department, he said his growth as a person, and his growth as a police officer, coincides with the growth of the city.
“I had the time to grow as a person as the city grew,” Floyd said. “Watching this police department grow as Troy grew has been very rewarding to me, both good and bad.”
On the other hand, Floyd said the rising opioid epidemic was the toughest time he ever dealt with during his time in law enforcement.
“The heroin epidemic since I’ve been here has touched a lot of people’s lives, not just the user’s lives, but their families’ lives,” he said. “I was a narcotics detective for many years, and it was tough watching how the opioid epidemic destroyed families.
“There’s nothing tougher as a police officer than telling a family their loved one is deceased.”
Even though Floyd will no longer be a Troy Police Department officer, that doesn’t mean he won’t still be a part of the Troy community.
“I plan on staying here in Troy,” he said. “I would like to continue serving this community anyway I can, even on a volunteer level, as my schedule with (the St. Charles Police Department) allows.