After more than four decades in law enforcement, Capt. Paul R. (P.R.) West is hanging up his gun holster in favor of a more leisurely lifestyle - walking the beat of retirement.
West recently announced his retirement as administrative division commander for the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, effective December of this year.
West has been in law enforcement for over 45 years. His services include serving for the Greenbrier Police Department, Springfield Police Department and the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. His career first began in the sheriff’s office in 1975. West filled many positions in the department including a stint as chief deputy under Sheriff Ted Emery.
Through his years of experience, West has received special training in Vice Operations, Domestic Violence, Command Decisions, S.W.A.T., Advanced Crime Investigation, Drug Interdiction and Instructor Development.
“I started in law enforcement when we had three patrol cars and that counted the sheriff’s car,” West said. “We made $300 a month and had to buy all our own equipment and uniforms. For the last 10-12 years there have been so many changes in the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office that has benefited the employees and the citizens of this county.
“I have enjoyed my long run of serving this county and it is time for me to enjoy my retirement and spend time with my family,” West said.
Sheriff Michael Van Dyke said West was leaving a mark on the department and would be remembered.
“Capt. West has had a long career in law enforcement, which is a rarity in our field today. With his extensive experience in many fields and loyalty to the sheriff’s office, he has been a valuable asset to the team. He has trained generations of deputies and is instilled in the history of this office,” Van Dyke said.
With the retirement of West, Van Dyke has appointed Capt. Brad Edwards as the new administrative division commander. Edwards has served many roles in the department for over 14 years such as corrections officer, patrol deputy, patrol corporal, training officer, general department instructor and administrative lieutenant. Additionally, he holds numerous instructor certifications to include; Firearms, Taser, Defensive Tactics, Active Shooter and many others. Edwards has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Business Administration.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to work with someone as admirable as Capt. P.R. West,” Edwards said. “He has been a great leader and mentor, not just to me – but to all of those in his command for over the last 40 years. Capt. West may be small in stature, but he has a huge heart and I have some enormous shoes to fill.
“I am grateful to have this opportunity and I appreciate all the help and support of my mentors at the sheriff’s office over the last several years. I am looking forward to this new opportunity and the challenges that may come along with it.”
“We are excited for the next chapter in Capt. Edward’s career with the sheriff’s office. I believe that his experience, education, and specialized training will allow him to succeed in his new command,” said Van Dyke.