Laura Creech started out just like us, a New Haven student with big dreams. She graduated from our high school in 2013 and continued her education at East Central College the following year. Later, Mrs. Creech transferred to Mineral Area Police Academy. Recently this year, she became Officer Laura Creech with the New Haven Police Department.
Mrs. Creech has known she wanted to be an officer since grade school. According to her, her family has a history with this career, which is one of the many things that has influenced her career choice. This yearning to help people stuck with Mrs. Creech throughout high school and into college.
Mrs. Creech informed me that during her police academy experience, she did a lot of physical training. One thing she did that most people found interesting was that they used tasers-- sometimes even on the students, but don’t worry. It wasn’t long enough to really hurt you.
As an officer, Mrs. Creech gets to work with some amazing colleagues, some of which were here when she was a child.
Some might think this would make working awkward, however, Mrs. Creech stated, “This makes it more comfortable; they already know the town and they already know the people.”
Mrs. Creech doesn’t plan on staying as an officer forever though. She says she would love to be a detective or a crime scene investigator.
When it comes to all the police shootings and hate crimes we all see on the news, Mrs. Creech says that has made her a little wary about becoming a police officer. However, Mrs. Creech’s desire to help everyone, especially children, allowed her to continue her pursuit of becoming an officer.
For anyone wanting to follow the same, or similar, career path, Mrs. Creech says, “Stay in school, gain as much knowledge as possible! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, because in this field there are always questions to be asked. If you don’t know for sure if this is right for you, then seek out an officer and ask or join the explorer’s program.”
You can see that Officer Laura Creech is very dedicated to helping her hometown be a better, and safer place. She has overcome her fears and setbacks so that she could become an officer.
Welcome back, Officer Laura!