Dustin Hamilton always wanted to work in law enforcement.
Hamilton recently joined the Eminence Police Department after working as a deputy for the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. As a deputy, Hamilton worked security at the courthouse, did patrol work and served summons. Hamilton calls Eminence home, which made his decision to pursue a job with Eminence much easier.
“Eminence is home. My kids go to school here. I grew up here and it felt like a good fit,” Hamilton said. “It’s where I grew up so I know a lot of residents around here. (Henry County Sheriff) Danny (Cravens) and the staff were all good to me and I feel the same way here with Chief Carey Duncan and all the other officers.”
Hamilton graduated from Eminence High School in 1991 and after attending a few college courses at Jefferson Community College decided to take a tool and die manufacturing job as a process manager in Shelbyville. Hamilton joined Eminence Public Works in 2007 and worked there three years before going into law enforcement.
“All my life I thought (law enforcement) was an interesting job,” Hamilton said. “You’re doing something different everyday. It can go from one extreme to the other.”
Hamilton said the hazards of law enforcement never cross his mind.
“I think the most scary moments is directing traffic and people slamming on their brakes,” Hamilton said. “I don’t want to sound like I’m not scared. When I signed up for this job, I knew what it consisted of.”
Kentucky State Police troopers would let Hamilton ride along during their shifts when he started thinking about a job in law enforcement. He got an idea of what the job would be like —a job with a wide range of experiences.
“One day I might be writing out tickets, dealing with a domestic issue and the next day talking to kids about getting their lives in order. It can go from one extreme to the other.”
Hamilton attended classes at Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Criminal Justice. The training courses spanned crime scene investigation, firearms, law and collision reports. Hamilton will use his training from the classroom and his experience as a deputy sheriff on a smaller scale.
“The city will be a smaller place to patrol. I won’t be doing patrol in Pleasureville and New Castle,” Hamilton said.
Eminence Police Chief Carey Duncan likes the new addition to his department.
“Dustin Hamilton: an absolute great guy who brings a great deal of enthusiasm to the team,” Duncan said. “We are blessed to have him join us.”