Baker welcomes new police officer

By Shannon Johnson

This month the Baker Police Department is welcoming two new officers. One of these officers is Daylon Richard, a Montana-native, who was sworn in on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. In January, Officer Richard will be going to Helena for three months to the Police Academy.

Officer Richard grew up in Huntley, Mont. with his mom, a twin brother, and a sister. In high school he participated in athletics including basketball, football and golf. He graduated from high school in 2016 and went on to study at Dawson Community College where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice in May of 2018.

Richard has always enjoyed helping people and making a difference, which is what drove him to pursue a career in the criminal justice system. “I want to help people. I want to be there for them,” said Richard. “I would walk around town and always see the officers out helping people and supporting the community.”

Although he’s wanted to be a police officer most of his life, after sustaining an ankle injury when he was younger the helpfulness of the physical therapists who worked with him and his love of athletics sparked a short-lived interest in a career in athletic physical therapy. “It was very short term and then I came back to this career choice,” added Richard.

Richard is thrilled to be starting his career in Baker. “I enjoy eastern Montana and I grew up in small town, so I was looking for a smaller community because I know how closely the police officers and the community interact with each other,” he explained. “I plan on volunteering with the sporting events or wherever I can. I want to help as many people as I can.”

Richard has dedicated a large part of his life to his passion for athletics, so sports occupy a lot of his free time. “I like to work out and golf or just play sports and volunteer,” Richard said. “I’ve always been busy with that, but I feel like in the next couple of years I’ll find some more things that interest me.”

“I’m happy to be here and get my career started off in a smaller community where I can help people,” smiled Richard. “I’m here for the people.”