Monday, August 11, 2014
Patrolman First Class Brian Godfrey of Summerville got started in his police career through the military.
After graduating from high school in North Carolina, PFC Godfrey went straight into the Coast Guard. The 33-year-old has lived “all over” but started in the Charleston area and moved back after marrying his wife, Krissy, in 1999.
PFC Godfrey has served 14 terms in the Coast Guard, including 11 active terms, and is still a member of the Coast Guard Reserve.
He said he did “lots of law enforcement” during his military career, including working customs and performing drug busts, so it made sense to pursue a law enforcement career.
“It’s all I really know,” he said. “As much as I love the Coast Guard, it doesn’t really set you up to do something after.”
He’s been with SPD for nearly two years.
He said his worst and best experiences with the department are from the same case.
“I was sent on a call for a kid that was abused at home. It felt good to take him out of that environment, to see the relief in his face, but it was hard to see the marks on him and listen to his story. He acted like that’s just a normal way for parents to treat their kids.”
PFC Godfrey said one day he hopes to work with the crime scene unit.
“I enjoy the little stuff, the details. I’d like to have a job that allows me to take the time to notice that.”
As a patrolman, his main responsibilities are to respond to calls from the public, ride through neighborhoods, interact with the public and enforce SPD’s presence in the community.
At the end of the day PFC Godfrey returns home to his wife, Krissy, his three children and the family dog, Cooper, a black Lab.
The family enjoys fishing, camping, going to the aquarium and attending softball games, where his daughter is a player and he is a coach.
In his free time, PFC Godfrey works out at the gym and stays active, listens to country music and cheers on the Yankees and Tarheels.
Professionally, his goals are to go back to school and “somehow, eventually” combine his law enforcement career with his skills as a teacher.