by Cayton Gefre Herald-Journal – Logan, UT
Sergeant Troy Liquin has spent his career in Cache Valley serving others — first working with youth in the foster care system before swearing-in as a deputy with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office in 1996.
And yet Liquin remains modest about himself, instead of focusing his attention on others. Perhaps nowhere is this better represented than one of his favorite duties as a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, presenting the colors for both triumphant and sad events.
“When I put on that uniform, it’s not about me as an individual,” Liquin said. “When the Honor Guard is together, we’re representing the profession itself. This group I’m a part of is made up across all divisions of the force, regardless of station. We uphold the values that represent our organization, and it’s a responsibility we take seriously.”
Working in law enforcement for most of his career, the 51-year-old Liquin said he has weathered many challenges in his career, with each day’s duties being different. While he appreciates the diversity of duties his job has to offer in helping the public, he is also determined to help his squadmates in whatever capacity he can.
“Serving on the Honor Guard, I’m asked to perform at all kinds of ceremonies, including funerals,” Liquin said. “It’s emotional for us all — every day in our line of work, we see in the eyes of the people we help our own families and our own mortality. We care deeply for those we come to serve with. We’re as much of a family as the ones we have at home.”
And yet Liquin does take time for himself when he feels it’s appropriate. An avid outdoorsman, Liquin finds a measure of peace in the act of fly fishing, one of his favorite hobbies.
“It’s quiet, peaceful,” Liquin said. “It’s my personal way of letting off any stress I might be feeling. The outdoors, in general, is where I enjoy myself most. I love the diversity you see from one canyon to the next, seeing all kinds of wildlife.”
Although public perception of police officers isn’t always the most positive, Liquin said all it takes is talking to a police officer to learn the truth of each member’s will to serve.
“We all have sides of ourselves that are not fully represented in the media,” Liquin said. “We’re all people, too. We have families, we have feelings. Our intentions are genuine.”
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The below are not just statements to me. They have been my personal mottos all throughout my career.—Troy Liquin
You cannot lead until you learn to follow…
Before you can become an effective law enforcement officer you have to be willing to learn from those that have walked ahead of you.
Both through education and on the job training you must take each opportunity to better yourself. Your personal toolbox should be overflowing.
Motivation drives success…
You must be self-driven and be an example to others. Seeking out both the desirable and undesirable assignments show you are a true public servant.
“Working Together” with others should always be at the forefront…
This profession needs partnerships to make communities safer, forward initiatives, bridge differences, and ultimately make community policing truly work.
Without your family, you are all alone…
Everybody needs to be well-rounded and have the support of their families. This profession should not be the primary focus. This is only a job. Never forget what makes you complete. Enjoy your family, hobbies, activities, and what makes you smile.
Do not be afraid to share who you are…
Do not hide behind a uniform or a badge. Show your talents and innovations. By doing so you will remain true to what motivated you to enter this career.
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