BUCKHANNON — Lieutenant Doug Loudin was the guest speaker during the Rotary Club of Buckhannon meeting Tuesday, August 16. The meeting opened the same as usual with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Four-way test, then the board meeting summaries.
Lieutenant Doug Loudin, of the City of Buckhannon Police Department, graduated from Fairmont State in 1995. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree of science in criminal justice and a minor in sociology. He began his career in law enforcement working as a private investigator for a security supervisor before taking a position with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department in April of 1996 and remained there until 2002 when he was hired by the City of Buckhannon Police.
He served as a substitute teacher from August 2002 to August 2003 and then was an instructor for Pierpont Community and Technical College at Fairmont State University since 2004. There, he taught courses in criminal evidence, procedure in criminal investigation, deviant behavior, juvenile justice, private security and firearms.
Lt. Loudin was also an instructor at West Virginia Wesleyan College since August of 2008 teaching classes in juvenile justice, police works, correctional institutions and criminal investigations. He had received training in basic S.W.A.T. firearms, instructor training, instructor development through the FBI, as well as various criminal investigations. He is also a certified firearms instructor and a certified diver.
“I want to take this time to thank the Rotary Club for their generous donation of $750 that went a long way for the 2022 National Night Out.” We had approximately 250 people, so your donation went a long way to provide door prizes for the children and their families,” expressed Lt. Loudin.
“Also, a huge thank you to Rob Zuliani for the donation of his Zul’s and Sam Nolte for splitting the cost of the pizzas for us.” National Night Out (NNO) usually supplies over 100 pizzas for the community during the event.
Police departments nationwide host NNO and started here in Upshur County about 15 years ago. It’s where the departments basically take a night to join in their efforts to take a stand against crime. It also gives the children of the community to see law enforcement in a different light. Lt. Loudin stated, “We are human too and we have a heart. That’s what we want the kids to see and know in their hearts that we aren’t just some robots, but we do genuinely care about everyone in our community.”
As his retirement is nearing in the next few years, he is beginning to “hand down the mantle” to his fellow officers, specifically Sgt. Marshall O’Connor and Patrolman First Class Angel McCauley.
Over the next five months, the three newest officers of the City of Buckhannon Police will be doing filed training with Lt. Loudin and other officers. In attendance alongside Lt. Loudin were the three newest officers in training are Jonathan Warner, Lt. Loudin’s nephew Wade Loudin and the newest officer, Dylan Ray Major.