MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - We will ride along with Meridian police officer Robert Walker and his K9 partner Attila. We learn about his love for people and how much he loves what he does every day.
“I’m having fun every day and this is just a job where I can be me and actually help people,” Walker says.
Officer Robert Walker started his law enforcement career in Columbus, Mississippi before making his way to Waynesboro where he worked narcotics. He eventually ended up at the Meridian Police Department two years.
“I always wanted to be a police officer. I got into sports and wanted to go into sports, but some people just said I had a way with people,” Walker says.
Walker says he always looks for the good things in every situation. He says he tries to provide a positive outlook for someone caught up in a rough time.
“I want to change the way people look at police officers. I think I’ve done that over my years. I just want them to know that we have some good cops and we have some bad cops. I would like to think I am one of the good ones,” Walker explains.
Walker doesn’t ride the streets alone. He has a four-legged partner that is right there with him. His K9 partner is named Attila. He is always right there ready to protect, serve and track at any moment.
Walker says it was the connection between his training officer and his K9 that made him want to have one as well.
“Seeing him bond with his dog knowing that he’s never alone and seeing how he always counted on his dog,” Walker says.
When it comes to family, Walker says his family loves it and support him. After 11 years in law enforcement behind him, he says there are many more to come.
“Knowing that I did something for someone other than myself is rewarding. It’s all about putting others first,” Walker explains.
“I really like law enforcement. I really like meeting new people. As long as I can reach people and keep people smiling, I’m in it.”
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