GREAT FALLS – A new officer was sworn into the Great Falls Police Department Wednesday morning and he knows a thing or two about police work.
Officer Joseph Mack has over 30 years of experience as a police officer.
He started his career at the age of 19 in his hometown of North Plainfield, New Jersey, which is a suburb of Newark.
After 26 years from 1985 to 2011, he retired from the North Plainfield Police Department as a Lieutenant.
Mack and his wife then moved to Marco Island, Florida where he served about six years as a patrol officer, training officer and detective.
He then decided to move to North Carolina for semi-retirement, but that didn’t work out because he missed law enforcement.
It has always been a dream to move to Montana.
Mack researched agencies in Montana and the agency that stuck out the most to him was the Great Falls Police Department because of their professionalism, their ranking structure and their programs that deal with the community.
He said, “They have such a phenomenal relationship with the residents here. They’re all one, they work together. The police here, I think they’re viewed more as friends than law enforcement or just police officers.”
With his years of experience, Mack believes he is bringing a different point of view but is also here to learn, “I’m not here to teach anybody.”
Officer Mack will wear badge number 340.
Reporting by Kasey Herman for MTN News