Arlington police swear in newest officer

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ARLINGTON — Don’t let the last name fool you, because he’s not a sergeant yet.

Michael Sargent was sworn in as Arlington’s newest police officer Sept. 15, after graduating from the Snohomish County satellite police academy Sept. 10.

Sargent’s five months at the police academy represented the culmination of a lifelong dream for him, since he’d already obtained his associate’s degree in criminal justice from Skagit Valley College’s Parks and Law Enforcement Academy.

Sargent was selected from a pool of 61 applicants to become a recruit in April, before attending the police academy in May. He brings two years of experience as a specialist in the Army, serving both as a scout and in homeland security, the latter of which included stints in the nation’s capitol and President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.

“I always thought this career would satisfy my need for excitement,” Sargent said. “Nothing is routine, but everything needs to be precise. It appeals to a Type A personality,” he laughed.

With his lean physique and crisp crewcut, Sargent has the look of a man who’s maintained his military habits. In his new job, he’s already learning some new habits, such as reminding himself that “you can never ask enough questions and you should never be satisfied with what you’re given. By that, I mean that you always have to be willing to work harder and you can’t just accept what’s shown or told to you.”

Sargent’s interest in law enforcement was sparked by taking part in community efforts such as graffiti cleanups and food drives, and by feeling the need to do more for his fellow law-abiding citizens since he often saw the ways in which they needed help handling their problems.

Sargent has been impressed with the leadership he’s seen in the Arlington Police Department and he aspires to become such a leader himself one day. In the meantime, he, his wife and his four children are enjoying their new hometown.

“People like living in Arlington,” Sargent said. “You see the pride of a small town, even as it’s grown bigger. I want to do my part to help it maintain that small town feel.”

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