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By Pilar Owens



August 10, 2018

Tyler Barker Poses With Family and BPD Chief Wednesday Morning L-R Grandfather Mike Barker. Grandmother Barbara Barker. Father Heath Barker. Mother Michelle Barker. Tyler Barker. Interim Chief Randon Matthews. Brother CJ Barker. Photo By Suzanne Moore.- PHOTO- P. Owens, TALON

By Pilar Owens, TALON

"It's a special day for us (Bloomfield Police Department) and it's a special day for Tyler," said Bloomfield's interim police chief Randon Matthews, Wednesday morning at a ceremony for their first intern graduate Tyler Barker. "Not a lot of people want to be a policeman nowadays," continued Matthews.

But twenty-one year old Barker knew he wanted to be a police officer ever since he was a kid growing up in Bloomfield. After high school he started college at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), where he'll receive a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in December. He felt a little uncertain about his career choice, but his professors at ENMU, who are former cops, encouraged and inspired him. Officers at the Bloomfield PD further stoked his passion for the career. In turn, Barker's energy and enthusiasm for policing reignited the passion of the Bloomfield officers.

During his internship, Barker spent over 200 hours shadowing and patrol riding with officers, and worked with the kids who participated in the Junior Police Academy. He said the hardest part of his internship was finding a balance between professionalism and compassion when "running calls on people" he knows. The easiest part was working with the community and the people at Bloomfield PD. "I made a lot a lot of good friends here (at Bloomfield PD)," said Barker.

Next week he goes to Carlsbad for testing at their police department, where he applied for a police officer position.


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