CPD commanders talk about Captain Craig Treadwell’s retirement
There is no better testament to a police officer than the opinion of those with whom he serves. As Covington police Capt. Craig Treadwell approaches his last tour on Nov. 1, The Covington News reached out to three members of the CPD command staff for their thoughts on Treadwell’s retirement.
Chief Stacy Cotton called Treadwell “a cop’s cop” and “a caring Superman.”
“Craig is a confident police officer. He’s a cop’s cop. He is always conducting himself and dressed in a sharp and professional manner and he was always tactically sound in everything he did when it came to police work. At the same time he can be one of the most compassionate, caring police officers that I’ve ever seen when it came to dealing with crisis. I’d call it ‘A caring Superman.’
“I never felt like I was his police chief or he was my captain, but that we were together leading this department. We were close in age, we were close friends. For nine years we were on the SWAT team together – we like to say we’ve kicked a lot of doors together. Those were some good times.
Commenting on who will fill the void left in the department with Treadwell’s retirement, Cotton said, “Craig fills it himself. I had the honor of promoting Craig to the position of captain in 1998 when I became police chief and relied heavily on Craig and his attention to detail and ability to mold and shape officers. Craig’s legacy will fill the gap.”
Cotton added, “I think that Craig doesn’t understand the impact that he’s had on the multitude of people within this department and this community. He’s impacted a lot of people and he’s going to be missed, but we’re excited to see him go on to the next step because he’s earned it. He’s car- ried a lot of people on his shoulders. He’s earned it. He was truly dedicated to this department. He’s been a loyal and dedicated employee.
CPD Capt. Phillip Bradford echoed Cotton’s sentiments.
“I started working at the Covington Police Department in November 1985 at the age of 18. I worked in the jail and Craig Treadwell was the supervisor over the street patrol officers on my shift. He began teaching me a skill set at that point in my career when he wasn’t even my supervisor. He invested in me as a young employee and helped me to grow in the job throughout the years.
“Over the 32 years I have worked with Craig I have seen him invest in the lives so many people. Not only in the Police Department but citizens he would meet on the street.
“If you speak Craig Treadwell’s name across our profession and in our community, no one ever has anything bad to say about him. It’s always a story of a good deed or something Craig had taught them along the way.
Capt. Ken Malcom added, “I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Craig Treadwell. I learned so much from him, especially early in my career. Craig can walk away from his tour of duty here knowing that he made a difference and served his community well.”