It’s been six years since it last happened, but something about this new recruit intrigued the Manchester Police Department enough to hire him fresh out of the police academy. Morgan Myers, Manchester’s newest patrol officer, graduated from the academy on Dec. 7 and was interviewed by MPD around his eighth week in the academy.
Myers wasn’t always gunning to be a police officer – he attended Motlow State Community College and Columbia State Community College with the goal of becoming a nurse. His plans changed when he learned his program of preference required him to pursue a doctorate degree.
“I didn’t want to be 30 years old before I had a fulltime job,” Myers said.
The 23-year-old turned his sights to policing after hearing stories from his brother and his friend, who is an officer in Manchester as well. Myers claimed his friend didn’t know he had interviewed and sent his application for the MPD until word got around the department that they may be bringing in a new hire.
Though police work is a very different line of work from what he was original pursuing, Myers is excited and imagines he will still be happy in this role, as he is still in a position to help people.
“I really like the officers I work with. (Jamie) Newman is my (Field Training Officer). I’ve just been having a great time,” Myers said.
“When I end up riding along with Newman, he has a plan with what’s going to be the best,” he added.
He was officially hired Dec. 12. As of Dec. 21, he’s been working with Newman on learning call codes and radio discipline. Myers added that he couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of a patrol car.
The Beechgrove resident wasn’t expecting to enter the department and come into the brotherhood culture in the MPD. After hearing stories from his brother, who is a cop in Mount Juliet and was the first in his immediate family to get into law enforcement, Myers was expecting stress, two days off a week at most and not an enjoyable training experience.
“This is different. Everybody is calm, they not losing their minds, everyone is nice,” Myers said.
Unlike his brother, who gets Mondays and Tuesdays off, Manchester patrol officers work mainly 12-hour shift. An 80-hour pay period consists of one eight-hour day to get to an even 80 hours. Day shift is 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. and the opposite for night shift.
Officers work Monday, Tuesday and will be off Wednesday and Thursday, then be back on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They alternate days off for the next week, meaning they get a three-day weekend every other week.
Fresh into law enforcement, Myers doesn’t have any goals yet for future promotions. In a few years, , he may look to move up. But if he is happy being on patrol, he might stay there for a while.
“I’m usually a plan ahead kind of person. With this, I’m just trying to relax and see where I am and if I like it,” he said.
Outside of work, Myers enjoys working out, playing outfield in a men’s baseball league and going to church when he has Sundays off.