ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle is temporarily leaving his position for deployment.
“I have no doubt about what it is I’m here for now and my mind is made up," said Randle. "I serve the people no matter where I’m at.”
Chief Randle will be switching his police chief uniform out for the National Guard. He is leaving to train at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg.
He says then afterwards he'll go to Texas for more training, and then on to Kuwait to receive work orders.
“It’s all about preparing for the job at hand,” said Randle.
Randle said he will be in a leadership position and excited about being a role model to the young soldiers.
“I can take my training and what I’ve learned, pass it on to some soldiers who haven’t been out the country,” Randle explains.
As for his position as police chief, Randle says three other officers will be taking his position including Major Quinell Shumpert.
“We are going to miss him. We are going to miss all of them that get deployed,” added Shumpert. ”We pray they all get back safe but the citizens of Aberdeen will be protected.”
Although Randle is taking on this military assignment, he remains optimistic that he and his fellow soldiers will return home safely.
“The deployment should be a success, but it is always tragic when you have to leave but you expect the best. Hopefully everyone makes it back home.”
Randle is not sure how long he will be overseas but he hopes to be back in Aberdeen sometime in 2019.