Friday, July 21, 2017

Local Resident Joins Fort Thomas Police Department

Joe Paolucci. FTM file. 
By Robin Gee

Local resident and Highlands High School grad Joe Paolucci is the newest Fort Thomas Police Department recruit.

Introduced by Fort Thomas Police Chief Mike Daly at the July 15 city council meeting, Paolucci heads to the police academy this week and will return after graduation on January 26, 2018.

Police Chief, Mike Daly, introducing Paolucci to council. FTM file. 

Paolucci has lived in Fort Thomas most of his life. He graduated in 2013 from Highlands High School and was attending Thomas Moore College working toward a degree in criminal justice when he put that on hold to try out for the police department.

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When asked about how it feels to be a officer in his home town, Paolucci said, "It’s a dream come true. Ever since I knew I wanted to be a police officer, I always wanted to work in Fort Thomas…I love the small department and the community feel."

Growing up in the city, he had the opportunity to get to know both Chief Daly and Lieutenant Rich Whitford, and was high school friends with the daughter of Officer Chris Goshorn. He says these connections offered him a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about his dream profession.

Paolucci thanked his family for their support and encouragement and said he is excited and looking forward to "the academy, getting back here and being on the street as an officer."

"Joe is a hometown boy, and it’s always nice when you have a chance to bring a hometown person on board within our city. I grew up with Joe’s mom and dad and I want to say to him, 'Congratulations, I am very proud of you,'" said Chief Daly.

Paolucci’s badge number will be number 4451.

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