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

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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.
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