Meet Brownsville’s new police chief

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Brownsville Police Department is welcoming a brand-new police chief with over two decades of service under his belt.

Introducing Brownsville Police Department’s new chief, Jeremy Hodges.

Hodges is a husband and father of two and a native of Edmonson County.

Hodges worked for the Kentucky State Police until about a year and a half ago when he retired and began working for the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office as a school resource officer.

“This was kind of a natural transition for me to seize this opportunity. I’m from here. My family has deep roots here,” said Hodges.

Monday was Hodges first day as chief of the Brownsville Police Department and the new chief says he is ready to get the ball rolling.

“I did it to help people. I think that is why any police officer starts their career is to help people. You know, I retired from KSP with 20 years, and I didn’t feel like my service was over. I feel like I need to continue that and if I can help one person then that’s worth whatever suffering that I might have to do,” said Hodges.

Around 10 months ago, the previous chief resigned suddenly, and Sheriff Shane Doyle was placed as interim police chief.

The sheriff has been close friends with Hodges since childhood and says he could not be happier with the city’s pick of Hodges for chief and believes Hodges will be an excellent officer, leader and colleague.

“Something happened in his neighborhood while he was off duty and in his pajama pants and T-shirt, in the middle of the night, he runs out with a badge and a gun because he was just so determined to make a difference wherever he was working. And if it meant not having his equipment and not having his car and his campaign hat and everything squared away, he was still going to get out there and fix whatever that problem was. He came back in in his apartment, and I was like, ‘Dude, what are you doing?’ and he was like, ‘I’m the police and I’m the police all of the time.’ I wanted to get into law enforcement at that time and that was an inspiration to me,” said Doyle.

Doyle describes Hodges as determined, honest and reliable.

The Brownsville Police Department is currently made up of only two officers including the chief, but in the future, Hodges hopes to expand and hire more officers.