Detective Stone bids farewell to city he loves

Published on October 02, 2014 with No Comments

Milton Police Detective John Stone hung up his badge and has put away his service revolver after 15 years of service to a city he love.

Milton Police Detective John Stone looks at the shadow box given him to commemorate his years of service with the Milton Police Department.

Milton Police Detective John Stone looks at the shadow box given him to commemorate his years of service with the Milton Police Department.

“I don’t really have any plans on what I am going to do because I really haven’t had time to think about it,” said Stone, who has been a detective with the Milton Police Department for the past 15 years. “The city has been so good to me as a person and the police department has been a great place to work.

“I hate having to leave, but I have a lot of pride in saying I didn’t arrest anyone who didn’t need to be arrested.”

Stone would later admit a trip to Oregon to visit his grand kids is coming in the future as well as some volunteer work.

But Stone is a public servant at heart who has dedicated his life to protect and serve.

“Police work has changed a lot, but so has the city,” Stone said. “When I first started you might have one paper call (report), but now you have a lot more.

“Another big thing to me is as Milton has grown the number of quality people who have moved to Milton has grown with it.”

Now Stone is not going to immediately retire as there are some unfinished cases in the court system he will continue to be a part of.

One is a case he said will stick with him for a long, long time.

“This one arrest involving a child porn case will stick with me for as long as I will be able to remember,” Stone said. “What bothered me the most was the amount of child pornography we found.

“And I had to view and then write about it in a report for the state, which upset me a lot.”

But the positives will outweigh the negatives as Stone looks back on his career.

He recalls the time he served as a DARE Officer with the city.

“I enjoyed teaching and working with the kids,” Stone recalled. “But when the kids would later recognize me when I was responding to a call and they felt comfortable talking to me.

“That meant a lot, even though I got to work with them only one year, I felt like I made an positive impact.”

 

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