Of­fi­cers Find Work Re­ward­ing

McDonald County Press - - PROTECT & SERVE - Sally Car­roll scar­[email protected]

Dif­fer­ent high­lights through­out the week keep of­fi­cers with the Noel Mar­shal’s Of­fice mo­ti­vated.

“There is no one thing,” said Of­fi­cer Cam­bria Howard. “It’s a bunch of lit­tle things.”

Part of the re­ward is mak­ing sure that ev­ery call and ev­ery emer­gency is han­dled ef­fi­ciently.

The calls can some­times be chal­leng­ing. The com­mu­nity has evolved to en­com­pass a di­verse pop­u­la­tion with dif­fer­ent cul­tures. Be­cause of a lan­guage bar­rier, of­fi­cers of­ten­times don’t know the ac­tual na­ture of the call un­til they ar­rive, said Noel Mar­shal Paul Gard­ner.

Fam­i­lies and friends some­times serve as trans­la­tors. When a trans­la­tor is not present, of­fi­cers do their best to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively.

“We al­ways find a work­around,” Gard­ner said.

The de­part­ment av­er­ages 15 to 20 calls daily and is on track to av­er­age 1,500 to 1,800 calls this year, he said.

From ev­ery­thing to a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance to a noise com­plaint, of­fi­cers work within the city lim­its of Noel to main­tain safety and pro­tect cit­i­zens.

With the as­sis­tance of the McDon­ald County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Gard­ner’s of­fice pro­vides full-ser­vice law en­force­ment 24 hours a day, he said.

Of­fi­cers as­sist the com­mu­nity in a lot of ways, some­times pro­vid­ing com­fort and a pres­ence of safety. Of­fi­cer Randy Wil­son car­ries chil­dren’s col­or­ing books in his bag to help fa­cil­i­tate con­ver­sa­tions and help in­ter­ac­tions go smoothly.

Of­fi­cer Rhonda Wise car­ries stick­ers with her.

The of­fi­cers want the com­mu­nity to know they care and try to serve ev­ery­one in their time of need.

De­spite chal­lenges, of­fi­cers say pro­vid­ing help is the driv­ing force.

“It’s worth go­ing to ev­ery day,” Howard said.

Dur­ing Gard­ner’s seven years as a mar­shal, he’s learned that the work is re­ward­ing for of­fi­cers in dif­fer­ent ways.

“Ev­ery­body has their own rea­sons,” he said. “It’s more than just a job.”


The Noel Mar­shal’s Of­fice serves a di­verse com­mu­nity of dif­fer­ent cul­tures and her­itages. The work is “more than just a job,” said Mar­shal Paul Gard­ner. Of­fi­cers in­clude: Rhonda Wise (left), Cam­bria Howard, John Winn, Randy Wil­son and Mar­shal Paul Gard­ner. Not pic­tured are Jeremy Walker, Keith Spencer, Craig Peek, Ivan Rus­sell and Michael Gal­lahue.

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