New Officer Joins Murphy Police Department
Kyle Sarles was recently sworn in as an officer of Murphy Police Department. Sarles is a 26-year-old Josephine resident who attended Hunt County Police Academy in Greenville, Texas. He and his lovely wife have been married for four years and have a two-year-old son. Sarles moved from Dallas to Wylie when he was eight years old where his path to becoming a police officer became evident at an early age.
“I grew up with my dad being a cop. After retiring, he was a mechanic for a while and now does technology for Wylie ISD. My dad’s advice was to go somewhere I’d enjoy working. Don’t go somewhere just for money or because there is a lot of action. He said it is important to find the best fit for— me,” Sarles explained. “Make sure being a police officer truly is what you want to do. It’s one of those jobs where you have to be wholeheartedly in it. If you’re not, then you aren’t going to like it. Your family has to be OK with you being in danger. If your family isn’t supportive of your job, then you’re not going to make it.”
His wife works daily dealing with the dangers of her husband being a police officer. Sarles explained, “She knew this is what I wanted to do ever since I met her. She’s on board and 100 percent supportive of my job, but is still eerie about what could happen. There are a lot of things on the news about random officers getting shot and other bad things happening, so that worries her.”
Before becoming a police officer in Murphy, Sarles worked as a detention officer at Collin County Sheriff’s Office for close to six years. He spent time working in housing with inmates who had extended jail sentences and also worked in the booking department processing the intake and release of inmates. As for the difference regarding his new job Sarles said, “I enjoy being able to move around and not confined to one area for work. Having the freedom to go out and mingle with people or drive around and say hi to kids makes me very happy.”
For Sarles, passion for his job and knowing he can come to work and do something to make a difference is key. He said, “You might have that one call where you change someone’s life or help someone in a time of need— and maybe even save their life. The unknown of coming into work and being able to help people is what drives me to do it. Being visible as a positive role model makes it all worth it.”
Sarles continued, “Every profession has bad apples. I want to be able to set an example as to what we really are. We’re people just like you who shake hands, play with kids and do all of the same things a regular person does. We make ourselves visible within the community and show people we’re not any different than they are. Our job might be a little tougher, and we may have certain responsibilities, but we’re just a part of the public like everyone else.”