Posted Date: 01/23/2024
Harrison Patrol Corporal Ryan Godfrey was recently promoted to Patrol Sergeant, effective Jan. 12.
Godfrey has been with the Harrison Police Department for almost 13 years. He was introduced to law enforcement through prison security while serving in the military.
“I was originally attached to the 1/142 Field Artillery. We deployed to Iraq to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, where we were attached to a military police unit. We were assigned Military Police-related taskings, which included the task of closing down Abu Ghraib and opening a replacement prison. We spent six months of our fifteen-month deployment doing prison security.”
“After leaving the military, I became a reserve officer for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and worked as a full-time jailer."
He worked for nine months in Carrol County before being hired by the Harrison Police Department. “I love working in law enforcement and was very excited to be hired by Harrison.”
“I enjoyed serving our country. I think serving our community was just the next logical step.”
Assistant Chief John Cagle said, “When Sergeant Godfrey was hired by the department 13 years ago, I was his field training officer. Seeing him grow into the officer he is today and take on a leadership role has been a blessing. Sergeant Godfrey will set a great example for the officers under him. I look forward to seeing him promoted further through the ranks as he continues his career.”
Godfrey has been married to his wife, Hanah, for 22 years, and they have five children ranging from ages 21 to 7 years old. He laughed and said, “They keep me young.”
His favorite part of the job as a police officer is just helping people.
For almost seven years with the HPD, he worked with the Harrison School District. “The school district administration and the police department work well together. I really enjoyed building strong community relationships before returning to the streets again as a patrol officer.”
His new position will eventually have him in charge of a five-officer shift. “We have had some promotions recently and are short a couple of officers.”
Police Chief Chris Graddy said, “Ryan has served in the patrol division and as a school resource officer and has gone above and beyond to serve our community. Ryan, most recently, was an assistant shift commander in the patrol division, and we know he will do a great job as a shift commander with his promotion to Sergeant.”
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve Harrison in a different way. We have a great community and police force. I’m proud to serve with them.”