West Point Police Chief to retire after 30 years in law enforcem - WRBL

West Point Police Chief to retire after 30 years in law enforcement

Posted: Updated:
WEST POINT, Ga. -

West Point Police Chief Jeffrey Cato says retiring after 30 years of law enforcement will be tough, but he's looking forward to settling down and reflecting on the cases, memories and friendships he's made over three decades.

“We do this because we want to protect and serve the citizens of your county, city or state. And at a young age, that's all I wanted to do,” said Cato.

Cato became West Point’s Chief of Police four years ago. Before coming to West Point, he worked in Atlanta where he served 16 years with the DeKalb Police Department then served 10 years with the DeKalb Sheriff's Office, where he obtained the rank of a Major.

“Believe it or not, I know you hear a lot of people saying this, but I've wanted to be a cop since I was 13 or 14 years old,” said Cato.

Cato is best-known for his work around the community. In 2011, he began an annual golf tournament that's raised $200,000 dollars for the West Point youth and senior citizens. He says the purpose behind his service stems from his mission in life.

“Integrity and doing the right thing when no one's looking. If you keep that motto, you can't go wrong. And more importantly, keep your faith in God,” said Cato.

Officers and employees at the West Point Police Department say Cato will be greatly missed and he's been a huge inspiration to not only the Police Department, but the whole West Point community.

Cato's last day is May 30th. He will be replaced by Tony Bailey, a Captain with the Acworth Police Department.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, focuses on how your tax dollars are being spent.
More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Heat and humidity continue

    Heat and humidity continue

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:51:05 GMT
    The bulk of the rain has been well to our west today and will stay that way for the duration of tonight and tomorrow. We'll only see an isolated shower or storm the next few days due to most of the tropical moisture lifting well north of us. That's all due to an area of low pressure in the upper Midwest that is sucking it all north. This will leave us on the warm and humid side of things, which is why isolated showers and storms are in the forecast the next few days. 
    The bulk of the rain has been well to our west today and will stay that way for the duration of tonight and tomorrow. We'll only see an isolated shower or storm the next few days due to most of the tropical moisture lifting well north of us. That's all due to an area of low pressure in the upper Midwest that is sucking it all north. This will leave us on the warm and humid side of things, which is why isolated showers and storms are in the forecast the next few days. 
  • Columbus gets new Walmarts...with a twist

    Columbus gets new Walmarts...with a twist

    Aug 25, 2014 07:03 PM2014-08-28 22:27:56 GMT
    Three new Walmart's are coming to town, and two of them are not your average Supercenter.Construction is about to be underway at the new Walmart Supercenter on Victory Drive at the site of the old Baker High School. Two new proposals, however, will bring the Walmart Neighborhood Market to Columbus.The Market is like a grocery store, without the clothes, hardware, etc. typical to most Walmart's.See the proposals at www.columbusga.org/planning. You can voice your opinion about the new stores be...
    Three new Walmart's are coming to town, and two of them are not your average Supercenter.Construction is about to be underway at the new Walmart Supercenter on Victory Drive at the site of the old Baker High School. Two new proposals, however, will bring the Walmart Neighborhood Market to Columbus.The Market is like a grocery store, without the clothes, hardware, etc. typical to most Walmart's.See the proposals at www.columbusga.org/planning. You can voice your opinion about the new stores be...
  • WRBL PrepZone high school football scores

    WRBL PrepZone high school football scores

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:11:52 GMT
    The latest football news from WRBL News 3 sports each Friday night at 11:15p et on The PrepZone.The latest football news from WRBL News 3 sports each Friday night at 11:15p et on The PrepZone.

    Latest in-game and final high school football scores from across the Chattahoochee River valley area.

    Latest in-game and final high school football scores from across the Chattahoochee River valley area.

Watch Live Watch Live Religious services
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.