Two new officers join town’s police force
by W. Brian Hale
Feb 06, 2012 | 3779 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roger McConico, left, and Chad Nalls are the newest members of the Parrish Police Department. Photo by: W. Brian Hale
Roger McConico, left, and Chad Nalls are the newest members of the Parrish Police Department. Photo by: W. Brian Hale
PARRISH — Two new officers have become familiar and welcome faces in the Town of Parrish as additions to the community’s police department.

Chad Nalls joined the police department in the summer 2011, participating in joint-operations between the Parrish Police force and United States Marshals, as well as his own involvement in the department’s community outreach programs.

A graduate of Fayette County High School, Nalls is an Iraq War veteran with the United States Army who spent the first two years of law enforcement career with the Bessemer Police Department before joining Parrish’s force.

Since his addition to the Parrish Police roster, Nalls has become one of the town’s proud residents and enjoys interacting with members of his community — both on and off-duty.

“I love Parrish and our residents,” Nalls said. “They made me feel at home from the moment I arrived here as an officer, and living here has been a real joy.”

The department’s newest addition is Roger McConico, a graduate of Gardendale High School and Birmingham native.

McConico spent two and a half years with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office before serving a six and a half year stint with the Adamsville Police Department. His prior experiences in law enforcement include working in corrections, working in a K-9 unit and normal patrol duty.

McConico said his diverse background, along with the dynamic of both working in a small town environment and in a large metropolitan area, such as Birmingham, has better prepared him to deal with a variety of situations that occur in his patrol duties.

“I started in corrections, where you learn discipline, solve problems and how to talk to people,” McConico said. “I took those tools that I learned from corrections and used them when I was patrolling. That made me a better person and a more effective communicator.”

Police Chief Nick Smith has praised the work that he has seen from both officers in the short time with the department, stating the example they set serves as an inspiration to the entire department.

“Both Chad and Roger take their jobs seriously — they’re very professional and courteous to the public,” Smith said. “I know there is many times in law enforcement forgets the motto of ‘protect and serve,’ but watching both of them quickly tells you that they both not only believe in protecting and serving, they demonstrate it in everything they do.”