The Chadron Police Department has a newly-minted officer, and one who finished at the top of his class at the Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Sean Considine finished as the number two ranked student at the academy out of 41 students and was selected as the graduating class’ Outstanding Student Leader. The latter is an award for which his fellow students and his instructors selected him. It honors a student’s leadership abilities and demonstration of the principals of a good law enforcement officer.
“I tried to be a person to listen to them, lend an ear or give a little encouragement,” Considine said of his classmates. Staff also frequently delegated tasks for him to oversee.
Originally from Arizona, Considine relocated to Chadron in January of 2016 when his wife found a job here, but the Chadron Police Department is not his first law enforcement experience. He began his career in forestry, but decided he wanted to do more after seeing so much destruction of natural resources and being unable to do anything about it. He attended the park service’s law enforcement training and then went to work for a sheriff’s office in Arizona.
“It’s a different job every day,” he said of law enforcement. “I like a challenge, and I like to feel what I do for work can make a difference. I hope to do that here.”
He joined the CPD first as a dispatcher back in 2016 and applied for an officer’s position when one opened up last year. He said he’s looking forward to getting to know the community better and strives to be someone people can depend on.
“We’re all here to try and help,” he said.
His time as a dispatcher should give Considine a leg up, as it helped him learn the area really well geographically, as well as the various types of issues the community sees on a regular basis.
“It gave me an appreciation of the work done on that side of the radio,” he said. “They have a difficult task.”