For Michael Bellard, growing up with a police officer for a father wasn’t the only reason to become a police officer.
It was being attacked by dogs.
Even as a child, the 22-year-old Montgomery native, who graduated from the Houston Community College Police Academy on Dec. 5, helped with K-9 training — by being a decoy.
“I was raised in that area; as a kid I was a decoy that was used in dog training,” Bellard said. “I still am. That’s what I really know.”
Bellard also said he wants to continue his father’s legacy, and ultimately become a K-9 officer.
“I grew up in Montgomery, and my father was a police officer, so I’m basically following in his footsteps,” he said. “I like the way the Montgomery community responded to him and respected him as an officer. It made me want to be one.”
Bellard said he wants to be community-oriented, protecting it and serving.
“We’re here for protection and guidance, not arrests and tickets,” he said. “I would like people to know that they are safe when they go to the grocery store or to the park, or take their kids to school.”
Bellard also said he prefers working in small towns like Madisonville.
“I like to know everybody, and I like the family-oriented feeling,” he said. “In a larger department, you’re just a name on a roll call report; you don’t even know everyone you work with.”