The Huntington Police Department welcomed Clayton Moore as its newest officer on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at a swearing in ceremony at the city building.
Moore graduated from North Manchester High School in 2015. He immediately joined the U.S. Army and served from December 2015 through June 2020.
During his time with the army, Moore had a nine-month tour of duty in Iraq where he received commendation medals for conduct and achievement. He was also stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Moore says that he always wanted to be in the army and figured he would retire from it.
“I really liked meeting all the people—especially when I went overseas—helping those sort of people. It was awesome just to see, like what little things you could do would make a huge impact in their life,” Moore said.
After he ended up leaving the army, Moore decided to “trade one uniform for another and apply to the police department.”
“I was just like, what better place to do it than in a community that’s near my home,” Moore said.
During his opening remarks at the swearing-in ceremony, Huntington Mayor Richard Strick spoke of the difficulties facing public officials today.
“This is a unique time in the history of law enforcement… We recognize there’s many conversations going on that make a number of us uncomfortable, that challenge a number of us and frankly, make this work even harder than it already is,” Strick said. “But at the same time, those of you around the room can testify to the fact that it seems like it feels that way every year. This is a hard job and it’s a call and we welcome you to it.”
Strick also emphasized the weight of the role Moore would be stepping into.
“You will be held to a higher standard than other residents in this community, but we have the fullest and utmost confidence that you will meet and exceed those high standards,” Strick said.
Huntington Police Chief Chad Hacker shared Moore’s accolades with those present at the ceremony.
“His military peers and his references describe him as being a hardworking, dependable, trustworthy, loyal and sympathetic individual, a leader who will take the initiative and always wants to perform his job to the best of his abilities,” Hacker said. “These are all tremendous traits for a law enforcement officer.”
Hacker then explained that Moore would start at the academy on Monday, Aug. 30. After completing the academy in December, Moore would begin a 12-week field-training program with the Huntington Police Department.