Growing up in Cushing, Caleb Davis was raised to do the right thing. His father Ross, who Davis credits as the most influential person in his life, made sure he had what he needed. He needed God, love, food and big dose of character. Troup will soon see that his parents did a pretty good job of bringing up a man who can stand tall in a crisis and can also take a knee to talk to a child.
After graduating from Cushing High School, Davis went on to college and the police academy.
“I was raised to care for others and this is a great way to do that,” Davis said. “My father and grandfather both served in the military and I am serving my fellow man here at home.”
Upon completion of the police academy, Davis took his position in Perryton, only seven miles from the Oklahoma border. Perryton is at the very tip top of the Texas Panhandle.
Five years of service there gave Davis many opportunities to learn. During that time he earned a promotion to Patrol Sergeant and trained for several certifications to help him be a better police officer and to have the skills to train others.
“It was a great opportunity but we were too far away from family,” Davis said. “Family was more important than the career and we really wanted to come back this way.”
His wife Stacey’s family is from Groveton and East Texas is just home.
Davis learned very early on that the law enforcement community is family as well.
“God, family, career is the way I’ve always figured it,” he said. “Law enforcement is like a big family as well. They are not just co-workers. We are brothers and sisters. Law enforcement goes hand and hand with my beliefs.”
Davis sees Troup as a great community and has already been made to feel at home and welcomed. He brought with him leadership experience and is an instructor for the Taser gun, Basic TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) and Field Sobriety.
He has a passion for DUI reduction. The loss of a close friend due to drinking and driving still hangs heavy on his heart and he wants to keep other families from experiencing such unnecessary heartache.
He also hopes to be influential in the lives of young people.
“They are our future, no way around that,” Davis said. “They will be our leaders, our doctors, our teachers. We have to give them the support they need to succeed.”
Davis said he sees police officers as counselors many times. When their paths cross it is usually not their best day ever whether something happened to them or family or even if they are in trouble. Police work is not just arresting people and putting them in jail.
“We had an instance the other night where a child flagged us down,” Davis said. “Of course we stopped thinking something was wrong. He just wanted to see the lights on. So we showed him all the lights, talked with him a little bit and let me know we care about him and are there to help if he needs us. That was pretty awesome. It really was.”
During his training period Davis is riding with Sgt. Kyle Stowers and Luke. Davis says they have a real finger on the pulse of Troup.
“I’m just really glad to be here,” Davis said. “I’m happy to be in East Texas, happy to see trees again and I’m happy to raise my son Cameron here. Troup will be a great place to call home.”