The Wyoming Police Department recently welcomed Jordan Batts, a new officer working the overnight shift. Originally from Florida, Batts attended college in Ohio and worked as a police officer for Hamilton County Parks for nine years before coming to our community.
“I am excited to welcome Officer Batts to our team,” says Brooke Brady, Police Chief. “He will be a great asset to the community and to the department. I look forward to watching him grow in the department and develop relationships with the community and city staff.”
We asked Batts a few questions about choosing a police career, what he thinks of Wyoming, and how he spends his time when he’s not working.
Why did you decide to become a police officer?
My career in law enforcement was an easy choice for me. I love interacting with people and community engagement. I also enjoy critical thinking and problem solving, which is something police officers have to do on a daily basis.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I grew up in a small town in central Florida. My father was a deputy sheriff down there and my older brother is also a deputy sheriff, currently serving the role of K9 handler. I moved to Ohio for college and fell in love with the state. I have a degree in Wildlife Management from Hocking College, and I also went through the police academy there. My OPOTA certification is from the National Ranger Training Institute. I worked for nine years as a park ranger before coming to Wyoming Police Department.
What are your early impressions of Wyoming?
I have found that I thoroughly enjoy policing in a smaller community such as Wyoming. This was a key component when making the decision to work here and change my career path as a former park ranger. The residents I serve here have been very welcoming and supportive.
Do you have any interesting hobbies or activities you enjoy outside of work?
I love anything that keeps me in the outdoors. I own horses and enjoy riding from time to time. I also enjoy gardening during the summer and tapping maple trees to make maple syrup in late winter/early spring.
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most about my job is the ability to be outside engaging with the public rather than in an office setting. I also really enjoy the officers I have the pleasure of working with every shift. I love the camaraderie and the welcoming presence this department has provided to me as a new employee.
Welcome to Wyoming, Officer Batts!