LPD welcomes new officer

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Officer Kaleb Berkshire recently joined the Licking Police Department.

The Licking Police Department recently welcomed Officer Kaleb Berkshire to the force. 

Berkshire joined the military after graduating from Willow Springs High School. He is originally from the Willow Springs area.

He served in the U.S. Army, first as a Cavalry Scout and then as a Green Beret. Berkshire shared that his career in Special Forces had a direct impact on him, as it allowed him to operate on a personal level with several indigenous peoples, seeing an immediate impact with providing impoverished cultures with much needed relief.

His military career also allowed him to attend several advanced schools, allowing for a greater dexterity in operational environments and as a battlefield multiplier.

Before becoming an officer with the City of Ava, Berkshire attended the Missouri Sheriff Academy in West Plains, Mo. He plans on completing his bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security, as well as pursuing courses to further his abilities to serve the City of Licking in law enforcement.

Berkshire stated that working in a small, close-knit city and department has always been a priority, after seeing what can be accomplished with a small, technically and tactically advanced unit.

“The Licking Police Department is again fortunate to have an officer with such experience and knowledge working for our department. Kaleb possesses excellent communicative skills and will be a great fit in our community and department,” says Chief Pat Burton. “I am excited to see how the department benefits from Kaleb's work ethic and I hope to watch him continue to grow in his law enforcement career.”

Kaleb and Carrie Berkshire, his wife, have a blended family of six children ranging in ages from 5-months to 20-years-old, and a single granddaughter. Their family is active in the Christian Church of Mtn. Grove and he enjoys an active lifestyle of hunting, fishing, camping and adventure sports. He also enjoys spending time training on a range and teaching rifle and pistol for a variety of operational tempos.

Berkshire joins the Licking Police Department, which is now staffed with Chief of Police Pat Burton, Sgt. Brian Allgire, Det. Kenneth Santee and SRO Jordan Goodwin.


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