NOLANVILLE — Serving and protecting the community is something Jacob Hummer said he never imagined he would be doing for a day job. Hummer, 22, has worked about a year as a patrol officer for the Nolanville Police Department.
The Lampasas High School graduate said he initially was interested in a job outside law enforcement.
“It’s something that just happened,” he said. “I originally wanted to do computer science, then figured I did not want to be sitting in an office all day.”
Hummer was 18 when he realized he wanted to become more involved in the community. After he completed courses with the police academy, he started his journey to become a sworn officer.
“The most challenging part of the job is constantly being on your toes and being able to deal with different situations,” he said.
Hummer is part of a force of about five full-time officers and 10 reservists.
“It creates its own challenges, but the advantage of working in a small town is you have a lot more community interaction,” he said. “You have a little more time rather than constantly answering calls.”
The department conducts monthly training sessions for its officers. Police Chief Gary Kent said the sessions ensure officers are kept up to date on the latest police reports and law enforcement technology. They also allow his staff some down time from the usual patrols conducted around the city.
Hummer said the off time also allowed him the opportunity to balance the stresses of his job.
“It was a few months ago, I responded to a really bad accident, and it was a miracle that the person in that car accident survived,” he said. “But it opened my eyes at just how delicate life can be, which was a turning point in my mentality doing this job.”
During his eight-hour shifts during the week, and 12-hour weekend shifts, Hummer conducts traffic stops, responds to service calls and talks to residents, he said. It’s a rewarding occupation.
“A message all the officers would like to get out to the people is that we are actually here to help you,” he said. “We are not here to try to ruin anybody’s day. We are here to help you, and we always need the community’s help with different things.”