NOLANVILLE — Two new police officers raised their right hands and swore to serve and protect the city, during a council meeting Oct. 3.
Police Chief Gary Kent introduced full-time officer Benjamin Shaw and reserve officer Frank Paino during the swearing-in ceremony.
Shaw, a Harker Heights resident and recent police academy graduate, started with the department in July. Paino, a Temple resident, started in September.
Originally trained as a chef, Shaw was inspired by his older brother, also a police officer, to make the career change.
“After talking to him, I decided to look into it,” Shaw said. “I came into the department and talked with the chief and decided to pursue it.”
For Shaw, Nolanville is the perfect place to get his start in law enforcement.
“The city is not too big and it’s not too small,” he said. “It’s a good place to get my foot in the door and get the experience I need.”
When he’s not on duty, Shaw helps his father, Bishop Darryl Shaw, at his church, Rivers of Living Water in Killeen. He also runs a small catering business.
“What I tell all my new officers is to watch ‘Cops’ to see what not to do,” Kent said. “Both Shaw and Paino are real sharp individuals and they both have bright futures ahead of them. With officers who are brand new to law enforcement, like Shaw, they bring a hunger and enthusiasm to serve and protect and that’s always refreshing to see.”
A retired telecommunications engineer from Washington County, Paino is no stranger to law enforcement and brings six years of experience with him.
“This is something I have always wanted to do,” he said. “I started off wanting to go this direction and graduated from the Houston Police Academy in 1987. But when my wife and I got the opportunity to move to Colorado, I put it on the back burner and pursued something else.”
When he’s not volunteering in Nolanville, Paino works security and patrol for Eagle Security in Temple. He enjoys gardening, mixed martial arts and spending time with his ‘kids’ — German shepherds Anja and Kona.
“Paino brings a lot of experience to the department and we are lucky to have him here,” Kent said. “He’s got a real passion for this line of work.”
Before making the move to the area because of his wife of 29 years, Deb Paino’s, job with Scott & White, Paino said he researched local police departments and Nolanville resonated the most.
“I like a small community and community policing is where my passion lies,” he said. “After I met with the chief and met the other officers I was sold.”
The department has six reserve officers and five full-time officers.
“Being able to hire someone full time means I have another officer to fight crime and suppress evil,” Kent said. “Every officer we have, whether they are on a full time or volunteer basis, makes a difference in this community. I’m glad to have Shaw and Paino join our team.”