Kentucky State Police Trooper Taylor Mills is at the beginning of his career in law enforcement, serving with the KSP for approximately one year.
“I feel my duty is to serve my community and safeguard lives and property,” Mills said, referring to his feelings on police work.
Mills, 23, graduated from Bell County High School in 2011. He then attended Southeast Community and Technical College and Lincoln Memorial University, earning an associate’s degree in science.
Before pursuing a career in law enforcement, Mills held other jobs.
“While attending college I worked at the Pineville Pharmacy for a year,” Mills said. “I then spent two years at Wasioto Winds Golf Course in Pineville, with the maintenance department.”
Mills says his most memorable incident on the job so far was a foot pursuit.
“I was assisting a trooper in a foot pursuit which led us through the river and several yards up a mountain,” Mills said. “The suspect was apprehended. That really concreted in my mind the importance of my job and the fact that not many people are able to escape from the police. Just the amount of teamwork that was put into place that day was phenomenal.”
The physical requirements of the job are nothing new for Mills, having been an athlete in high school.
“I played four years of high school varsity football for the (Bell County) Bobcats, and was on the 2008 Championship team as a defensive end,” Mills said.
KSP Post 10 Commander P.J. Burnett says Mills has the makings of a good trooper.
“Trooper Mills is relatively new to the KSP and Post 10,” Burnett said. “He has shown to have an excellent work ethic and strives to protect and serve the communities he patrols. I feel Trooper Mills will quickly become a valued trooper for Post 10.”
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