HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Police shootings have become a growing issue in many communities across the country. Even so, one former police chief wants to get back in the game.
"My calling was in 1984," Alan Weatherford said. "It's about serving the public and serving the community."
Weatherford, the Harrison County's District 3 Constable Elect, rose through the law enforcement ranks; eventually serving seven years as the Gulfport Police Chief. After retiring in 2013, Weatherford says he couldn't stay away from what he loves to do - serving his community.
"Even though I stepped out of law enforcement, I miss it," Weatherford said. "I love talking to people, I love helping people. That's what it's about and serving with compassion and dignity."
The former police chief says it's all about building relationships with communities. But in a time where there is an abundance of negativity toward law enforcement, some might wonder if it's worth it.
"Yes. It's worth it," Weatherford said with a smile. "It's what keeps the heart young. That doesn't stop me and it doesn't stop many others out there from serving, and that's what it's all about. It's about serving the public and giving back."
Retired Constable William "Billy" Phelps backs Weatherford's decision to return to what he's so passionate about, and can only hope for the best for communities and law enforcement around the country.
"You have to have respect for each other, and I'm just hoping that people will change and respect each other. Whether you're behind the badge or you're a citizen out there," Phelps said.
Constable Elect Alan Weatherford takes office in District 3 in January 2016.