October 1, 2014
Joe Walker was sitting in a D.A.R.E. class when he decided he wanted to become a police officer.
After several years of being a jail officer, the 35-year-old accomplished his childhood dream. He became a sheriff’s deputy at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
“I’m honored to serve here,” Walker said. “Being able to help the community I grew up in is very rewarding.”
The late Sgt. Ron Newlin inspired Walker to become a police officer. Newlin was a D.A.R.E. officer when Walker attended Southmont schools.
Walker was a correctional officer at the Montgomery County Jail and Tippecanoe County Jail before he joined the sheriff’s office.
He likes to solve battery and drug cases, and aspires to become a D.A.R.E. officer or a canine officer.
“You don’t like to see people being battered or using drugs,” Walker said. “Any case you can resolve is a good case. I enjoy helping citizens, whether it means comforting them or more.”
Walker has already attended the Police Academy and currently serves on the day shift. The sheriff’s office sees his life experience as beneficial to the department.
“Joe has a lot of street smarts as far as dealing with people,” Chief Deputy Ryan Needham said. “He has been around law enforcement for a while and has done a great job for us so far.”
Walker also has enjoyed his time with the sheriff’s office. He believes the comradery amongst his fellow officers is second to none.
As he continues his law enforcement career, Walker wants to make sure he has a positive impact on the people around him.
“I want to be a good role model for my family and this community,” Walker said. “It is an honor to be in a position where you can help people on a daily basis.”