CPD com­man­ders talk about Cap­tain Craig Tread­well’s re­tire­ment

The Covington News - - LOCAL - Jackie Gutknecht, Dar­ryl Welch news@cov­news.com

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.”

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