MCHS grad starts internship with Craig police

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The Craig Police Department's summer intern spent his first days on the job helping with administrative work, conducting research and creating community policing brochures.

But on Friday morning, Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard sent the student out on patrol.

"I didn't want him to think all cops do is sit behind a computer," Leonard said. "We'll get him out so he can see what the road guys are doing."

Sean Villard, a 2002 Moffat County High School graduate, is majoring in criminal justice at Metro State college in Denver. And this summer, the police department has promised him a hands-on introduction to numerous aspects of policing.

"This is the first time we've done this," Leonard said.

Villard, 19, approached the Craig Police Department about a summer internship, Leonard said.

Villard will ride along with officers as they patrol the city. He'll work with code enforcement and animal control officer.

In coordination with Moffat County Crimestoppers, he'll review reports, pick ones that police might need leads on, and send the information to local media.

He will get experience dealing with the department's walk-in traffic, including people who might require vehicle identification number inspections or bicycle registrations.

At some point, he'll ride along with officers from the Colorado State Patrol, which is the agency with he eventually hopes to land a job.

Villard said his interest in policing was sparked when he enrolled in the Craig Police Department's Citizen Police Academy as a high school student.

"I fell in love with it. That cemented it," Villard said. "I knew I wanted to be cop."

Also, he spent time working for Advocates-Crisis Support Services.

His interest in the state patrol stems from his love of automobiles and the highway.

"I really like the fact that you can go on the road," Villard said.

He's angling for a position with the state patrol's task force that investigates drug trafficking.

With a home base, including a family and friends, in Craig, Villard said he'd like to come back and perhaps work for the local troop, 4B.

"But I want to experience other jurisdictions, too," Villard said. "Sow my law enforcement oats."

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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