September 8, 2010 – LCPD officers who served in the military
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Of the 170 members of the Lake Charles Police force, about 30 have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Military. That may astonish many people, but it's not so surprising to Corporal Mike Nicosia.
"Most of their adult life right out of high school, they decide to make a decision of volunteering and going into one of the branches of service: the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Air Force," said Nicosia. 'These guys and women served anywhere from 4 year to 20 years."
It's why Luke Elter joined the Marine Corps and served for six years, including a tour of duty in Iraq.
"It's just a kind of my interest," said Elter. "I've always liked police, fire department and military type stuff. I wanted to be in the police department so I joined the military first."
LCPD SWAT Team member John Thacker served in the Army and got into law enforcement back in 1988.
"Well, it's instilled training and discipline," Thacker said. "The ability to follow orders and want to help. They're already patriotic to start off with and it's probably the closest thing to do in civilian life."
Nicosia believes most police officers want to serve the public and being patriotic is second nature.
"From my own personal belief, I think there's a sense of patriotism and a sense of wanting to serve and wanting to help. So we get out here and do what we can to serve and protect the folks of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish."