Lamar Howard – Local Police Officer Promotes an Engaging and Thriving Community

by | Oct 2023

IN THE heart of the beautiful city of Winchester is a heroic figure quietly working to protect and serve — police officer Lamar Howard. With a strong sense of duty and a warm, inviting spirit, Howard embodies the essence of a true hero in law enforcement.

Born and raised in Tennessee, Howard’s roots run deep in the community he now serves. From the rugged terrain of Suck Creek Mountain in Chattanooga to the vibrant town of Franklin County, he has always called this place home, and he takes great pride in safeguarding it.

He said, “There’s no place like home.”

Howard’s journey in law enforcement began in 1996 when he joined the Franklin County jail as a correction officer. Here, he discovered his passion for public service and desire to make a difference in people’s lives. 

Over the years, he roamed various paths from Huntland to Nashville. He gained valuable experience and honed his skills to become the dayshift sergeant at Winchester Police Department, the department he holds dear.

In the face of challenges and adversity, Howard remains steadfast in his commitment to treating others with respect and kindness. 

“Starting out young, I think, in this profession, you get put in difficult situations. You get the good and bad, and you pick up the good throughout the years that you want to implement to make yourself a better officer.”

Photographed by Brooke Snyder.

He understands the importance of empathy and believes in the power of leading by example. As a mentor to young officers, he instills in them the values of compassion, understanding, and the golden rule of treating others as they would want their own loved ones to be treated.

“One thing I tell our young adults that come into the police department is to treat people the way they want another young officer to treat their granny.” 

For Howard, the essence of heroism lies in the ability to serve others, especially those who cannot help themselves. Whether engaging in meaningful conversations with children or guiding parents on the proper care and conduct for their little ones, he shows himself as a friend and ally to the community.

“As we get out and meet people, if we see them just outside, we’ll stop and talk to them to reassure them that we’re more of their friends than enemies.”

Child passenger safety is one aspect of his career that profoundly resonates with him. Howard invested time and effort to become certified in this field, ensuring he can protect young lives to the best of his ability. His dedication to adequately installing car seats for families is just one example of the care he puts into every aspect of his work.

With a strong passion for community engagement, the Winchester Police Department, with Howard at the forefront, opens its doors to parents, offering car seat checks and safety guidance. Through initiatives like these, the department protects and empowers the community.

Photographed by Brooke Snyder.

Beyond his professional calling, Howard’s loving family stands as a pillar of support. With his devoted wife and beautiful children by his side, he finds the strength and motivation to be the best version of himself, both in his personal life and his role as a motorcycle officer. 

In an age where stigmas surround law enforcement, he and his fellow officers at Winchester Police Department are a shining ray of hope, tirelessly striving to ensure the safety and prosperity of the community they hold dear. 

Through acts of kindness, service, and unwavering commitment, Officer Howard has etched his name in the hearts of the people he serves. His presence is not merely that of a law enforcer but also a mentor, a friend, and a protector. Whether patrolling the streets or engaging with community members at local events, his smile and reassuring presence make a lasting impact. 

Howard is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others. As the community comes together to celebrate their local hero, the message is clear — in a world that can often be challenging and uncertain, the officer’s unwavering dedication to protecting and serving brings a sense of security and hope to all. 

In the Franklin County community, Officer Howard’s legacy is intertwined with threads of selflessness, warmth, and dedication. Forever revered as a heroic figure in the hearts of those he serves, he stands as a true testament to the noble spirit of law enforcement. He continues to inspire and uplift, leaving an unforgettable mark on the lives of all who have the privilege of knowing him. GN 

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