Police Sergeant Thomas Moore has been a police officer for eight years. Moore grew up in Richland, Missouri, and said that he had always wanted to be a police officer.
Moore went to the Law Enforcement Training Institute in Columbia, Missouri, for his certification.
Police Chief Bill Burleson said that Winfield has many outstanding officers in the police department and that each one is committed to the vision of quality police services and community engagement.
“Sgt. Moore has not only been instrumental in moving this department forward with both technological and supervisory innovations that make this department run more efficiently and effectively, but he also leads his staff by example by having the most drug interdiction arrests of any officer on this department,” Burleson said.
Before working for the Winfield Police Department, Moore worked for the Overland Police Department for six and a half years.
“I took a break after the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Me, along with many other officers, got a little discouraged after that point, and I went back to the civilian world, but I could feel that I wasn’t where I needed to be. I wasn’t making a difference,” said Moore.
After Ferguson, Moore worked in a private sector doing information technology but said that he felt miserable not being an officer, so he started again in Lincoln County.
Moore has worked with the Old Monroe, Elsberry and Silex police departments but ended up working full time for Winfield.
“He is one of the most dedicated officers I have ever met,” said Burleson.
The most important qualities of being an officer are empathy and understanding, according to Moore.
“I’m a strong believer that you have to be able to sit and explain things to people. Most of the time, I am meeting people on their worst day, so I need to get down to the root of their issues,” Moore said.
Moore followed up by saying, “Law enforcement is a profession. We have a job to do, and that includes being respectful. Everyone has a crisis at some point, so you can’t take anything personally, it’s a job, and you do the best you can to help people out.”
When asked what his most rewarding day on the job was, Moore said that every day is rewarding when he gets to make positive contact with the community.
Moore also explained that things could change very quickly day to day or even minute to minute, but the key is to keep fighting for what’s right.
“This job ranges, you could be laughing about a call one minute, and then there could be stuff that wakes you up with nightmares at night,” Moore said.
Moore learned a valuable lesson from Ferguson, keep moving forward through everything going on, especially if it’s a calling.
Moore concluded by saying, “Doing the right thing is what this job is about. It’s common sense.