Senior K-9 officer discusses his UWG football career

Rashad Milligan/Douglas County Sentinel Douglasville Police Department Senior Patrol Officer of the K-9 division Chris Williams became a first ballot University of West Georgia football Hall of Famer in 2004. After short stints of NFL tryouts and Arena League Football seasons, Williams joined law enforcement. He transferred from Villa Rica to the DPD in 2011.

Douglasville Police Department Senior Patrol Officer, Chris Williams, of the K-9 division, is also a football Hall of Famer.

He was inducted into the University of West Georgia Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 2004. During his playing days with the Wolves program, Williams was a three-time all-conference selection and a two-time All-American while helping the ream to a 36-6 record.

The team also won three conference titles, two conference championships, and had two playoff appearances during

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Williams' time with the program. Williams graduated in 2000m and following his playing career in 1999, he tried out for a couple NFL teams. He had a brief stint in the Arena Football League for a stint that was cut short after he suffered a knee injury.

He is now focused on his career as a officer with the Douglasville Police Department.

Williams recently talked about his career and playing days at West Georgia.

How long have you been with the police department?

I've been an officer now going on 16 years. I transferred here back in 2011. Prior to that, I worked in Villa Rica, I was a supervisor out there for nine years, but right now, believe it or not, I've got 16 years under my belt.

How has being a football player with an athletic background translated into law enforcement?

Great question. Honestly, it's a different type of team. Same teamwork, different kind of team. The only difference now is instead of protecting the quarterback, I'm protecting people. So, one, it taught me how to work with people. Two, it taught me how a be a team player. Three, how to follow orders. Four, do what's asked for you to do and do it to the best of your ability.

As cliche as it gets, they say football is the ultimate team sport, it really is. It does carry over and it does transition into real-world life. Most of the guys I played with growing up, great coaches, or whatever their career choice might be, great fathers. Good husbands and I think a lot of that stems from the discipline they learned while they played football. To be a student-athlete, it requires a lot of discipline. I think because that's been instilled and ingrained in you for so long, it rolls over into whatever your career choice is. I think it helps. I think it helps out tremendously.

How have these past 16 years been for you in law enforcement?

It's changed. From when I first started up until now. I mean, this is not what I had intended for my future, just kind of fell into it. Would call it an accident, but it's been a good accident. When I say things have changed, I just watched the progression of the way policing has turned over the last 16 years. A lot of it due to technology and a lot of it due to the climate that we're living in now. So with this job, you have to be able to roll and progress, just like everything else does. For those who want to get into it now, I tell them to don't give the standard answer of 'I want to protect and serve.' Sit there and ask yourself if this is really what you want to do. Because it's a hard job. It's a very, very hard job and it's a dangerous job. Officer deaths are definitely on the rise I know in the last five years, compared to what it was 10 years ago. Law enforcement is a hot-button issue right now. Unfortunately, no matter what job you choose, no matter what career path you take, they're going to be some bad apples in every career field. Unfortunately, we keep the spotlight on us.

Do you have any future goals that you want to accomplish in the police department?

I've handled dogs now for about 12 years. I've enjoyed it. If I get the opportunity to work one more, great. If not, I'll go ahead and work on getting rank again, hopefully, will rank as Sergeant and maybe work my way up, we'll see. If not, maybe I'll take a stand upstairs and go into detectives, criminal investigations. See how the other half lives. The suit and tie bunch, because I've been putting on this uniform for almost 20 years, so, see how the other half lives.

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