Dothan police chief reflects on his career

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Chief Steve Parrish has put in 36 years of service as apart of the Dothan Police Department. After that long journey, he will be hanging up his hat at the end of the week.

“It’s been a very special time I’ve enjoyed the relationships I formed with my fellow police officers certainly we have a great city and it made my job a lot easier to have a city that is safety conscious and it has good people in it,” Chief Parrish said.

Parrish says there have been some ups and downs in his career but the highs outweighed the lows. While he’s been the head of the police force, there’s been a few highlights in his career.

“Very proud of the work that we have done to get a cooperative effort with the wiregrass foundation and of course build state-of-the-art training,”

Chief Parrish says there has been tons of success for the department. However, there have been some challenges he had to face on a personal level.

“Notify family members of a loved one’s death that something you cant practice. The other thing is terminating an officer for something they shouldn’t have done,” He said.

Overall, Chief Parrish says he truly cherished his time as the head man its been treated well by the community and of course his officers. Although he’s heading out, he still plans to be active during retirement.

Chief Benny will be the next head man up and Chief Parrish wants him to run things his way and make changes where he sees fit. He has no doubt the initiatives will continue after he’s gone.

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