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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 07/11/12
NEWEST OFFICER. Above, Patrick Bauer has been sworn in as the newest officer of the Romeo Police Department. Bauer, a Romeo native, said he is looking forward to giving back to his childhood community. He was sworn in as of June 13, having served as a dispatcher beforehand.
(Observer photo by Chris Gray)
Romeo officer excited to
give back to hometown
by CHRIS GRAYRomeo's newest officer is hitting the streets - most of which he grew up on in his youth.
Observer Staff Writer
Patrick Bauer, a Romeo native, was sworn in as an officer with the Romeo Police Department on June 13.
Bauer is a 2005 Romeo High School graduate. He said he is excited to work in the community he grew up in, especially since he knows the streets and the layouts of the schools.
"Growing up in Romeo I always did like the town, it seemed to be a fairly safe and nice community to work in," he said.
He graduated from Macomb Community College with an associate's degree in applied science and law enforcement in 2007, then graduated from the Oakland Police Academy in June 2008.
He was then picked up by the Village of Lake Orion Police Department in September 2008, working there until coming to the Romeo Police Department in July 2011.
Bauer worked as a dispatcher with the department for a year before becoming an officer. He said he had only applied to places where he could see himself working for the rest of his career.
"I'm excited to give back to the community I grew up in," he said.
Bauer said he likes small-town police departments over larger ones, as the officers get to do more things as opposed to being placed in specialized units.
"You do your own detective work, all your cases are your cases, you don't have to turn them over to a detective or anything," he said.
He said he is surprised at the low crime rate in Romeo, but contributes that to having good citizens and a police presence.
"We always have multiple cars, multiple officers working," Bauer said.
Police Chief Greg Paduch said the department is glad to have him on board, especially since he is a Romeo native.
"He'll be a good addition for the Romeo Police Department for years to come," Paduch said.