Scott City Police Chief Called to Duty|
By: Kate Scott
By: Kate Scott
Some Heartland communities will soon be losing local law enforcement officers, as they get called overseas to protect and serve American troops.The Scott City Police Chief is one of them.
Chief Don Cobb not only serves the Scott City community, he's also a member of Missouri’s 2175th National Guard Unit, where he serves the country as a military police officer. Missouri has four M.P. units, made up of law officers from around the state. Right now, all of them have been called to active duty.
“The only thing they've released to us thus far is we're going to an undisclosed location,” Cobb tells Heartland News. “So I mean, you can probably turn on the world news and figure out where that is.” Right now, Cobb has more of an idea of what he’ll be doing than where he’ll be going. “We're actually going to be used more as a guard company for prisoners, I believe,” he explains. “But as with anything else with this deployment, anything can change.”
After four years in the Army, and ten years in the National Guard, Cobb has been through this drill before. Prior to his days as police chief, he served in Operation Desert Storm. And after September Eleventh, he was called away from his post as Chaffee Police Chief to spend eight months in Kosovo. “Over there (in Chaffee), I think it was a little more difficult because there are only six officers,” he explains. “When you take one officer out of that, regardless of who it is, it creates some problems. But we're a lot bigger here.” Scott City has ten full-time police officers and six full-time dispatchers; a staff Chief Cobb says is well equipped to handle his absence.
Over the next few days, the chief says he will continue to pack his things and tie up his loose ends, getting ready to trade one duty for another. And though he says he'll miss Scott City, Cobb confides to Heartland News, he's more worried about leaving his duty as a dad than as a police officer. “I guess I’m anxious to go ahead and get it over with and get home as much for my sons as anything else,” he says, thinking of seven-year old Joshua and five-year old Caleb. “Three or four months to a 32-year old man is not that big of a deal. But to a five and a seven-year old boy, that's a big deal.” Cobb tells Heartland News that his orders are for one year, but he believes he'll be home long before then.