UPIKE student takes role as courtroom security officer in Letcher Co.

Published: Aug. 22, 2019 at 5:57 PM EDT
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Alexis Stambaugh grew up in Letcher County.

"I've always been fascinated by law enforcement, always ben interested in it. As everybody knows, in this area there is a huge drug problem and I've always just wanted to make this community better, make that drug problem better," said Stambaugh.

Thursday was her first day on the job. Stambaugh studies criminal justice at UPIKE

"My dream job would probably be detective, that's the main goal in the end," said Stambaugh.

She is also proud to be a female in law enforcement, which is a predominantly male career field.

"You're kind of proving a point, like this isn't only a man's job, females can do it too. It shows little girls too like not only men can be police officers, you can be somebody's hero too," said Stambaugh.

Sheriff Mickey Stines said earlier this year three part-time courtroom security officer positions were created.

"I just knew she would be loyal and a great asset to our office," said Stines.

Stines also said he is proud to have a college student fill this role.

"We have to take a chance on our youth because that's our future," said Stines.

Stambaugh plans to graduate in December of 2019 and continue working for the Letcher County Sheriff's Office.

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