Police Chief Paine has been in law enforcement/public safety for a total of 43 years and comes to Kennett from the City of Kaysville, Utah, a metro area in the northern part of the state.
Interested in police work since junior high school, Paine said, "Law enforcement has been my lifelong dream since I was a kid, since I first did a report in junior high school. A profession report [where] they had you select what do you think you want to do when you grow up and do a report on it. The city that we lived in at the time, Inglewood, Calif., my dad was a business owner in town [and] he was a friend with the police chief. He told him I had selected this and he made arrangements with me to go ride around with the police chief and visit with him and interview him for my school report and I was hooked from that time on."
After Paine graduated from high school he attended St. Bernardino Valley College and received a two year degree in Police Science, now known as Criminal Justice. Further into his career, he also attended the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif., receiving a Bachelor of Arts in business management. After moving to Utah, he attended the University of Utah and acquired his MPA (Master of Public Administration). He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the DEA ( Drug Enforcement Administration) Drug Unit Commander's Academy, as well as the LEEDS program (Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar).
At the beginning of his career, Paine worked for several different agencies. He first worked for the St. Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for three years. From there he next worked for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for eight years serving in different divisions as a patrol officer. He has also worked as a Public Affairs officer with the Chief of Police. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating public relations events for the police department as well as providing visiting dignitaries with the police chief security and escorts. After working in public affairs, he next went to Central Bureau CRASH (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums), the first gang related unit formed in the LAPD.
Relocating to Palm Springs, Calif., he worked as a patrolman once again, a detective and supervisor in the Vice Narcotics and Intelligence Division, and as a field training officer later being promoted to Field Supervisor.
After leaving Palm Springs, Paine next moved to Utah, fully expecting to retire. However, once there, he became aware of a position with the Department of Congress. He was hired as the chief investigator with the Consumer Fraud Division, doing investigations into fraud for the State of Utah. He did this for a number of years later becoming police chief for the City of Brigham City, Utah for four years. Following his four years, he next went to Louisville, Ky., as the director for a County Regional Drug Task Force. When he arrived, there were only six agents assigned. At the end of his watch, there were 20 agents assigned with participation from FBI, DEA, and ATF.
"It was a contract position and at the end of the contract, we felt like we accomplished what we were brought there to do and our kids were at the age, just going into high school. We made a decision to move back to Utah because of some of the school programs and things that were available to them back there."
After moving back to Utah once again, the idea was to again retire. However, he was soon working part-time as a bookseller at Barnes and Noble and part-time in the sherriff's dept of Davis County, Utah serving arrest warrants and civil papers. He eventually quit Barnes and Noble and started working as a state highway patrolman and later on the security detail for Governor John Huntsman.
At the time Paine accepted the position with the Kennett Police Department, he was working with the Davis County Sheriff's Department putting together a gang unit.
When asked what his first impression of Kennett was he said, "It was a positive. I had a positive impression of Kennett. Every community has its challenges. As you drive through a community you can see some of the issues, some of the things they're dealing with in the community. Generally you get a feel for how property's taken care of and different things throughout the community. It seems like to me it's a community with a lot of potential and the potential just needs to be developed, maybe needs to be jump started a little bit. Certainly when you lose a major employer, it adversely affects the town and the community."
Continuing, he said, " To me, the goal for the police department is to develop a police department that as prospective employers are looking to come to this city that they feel confident that their investment will be protected, that their employees will be safe." He noted that a lot of times when prospective employers look at a city, they look at the police and fire departments as well.
"That's our goals is to build this agency so that as we are able to attract prospective companies to come to Kennett, which will help to jumpstart the economy and things here in Kennett, that they will look at our police department and fire department and say 'yeah, our assets will be protected and this will be a good environment for our employees."
In closing Chief Paine added, "My focus here is to reach out to the community. You know, policing is a partnership between the city and the police department. The police department is a part of the community, not separate from the community. And in a lot of communities, that's where there's a problem. There is a barrier between the two and we cannot be effective in policing this community without the cooperation and working together with the community in partnership. That's my hope, is that we can do some outreach, that we can get some imput from the community to help us. It's all about the quality of life. What's the minimum quality of life that the citizens want. We can help them accomplish that but we can't do it without them. That's my philosophy and the premise I've operated under."
Sometime in the future, Chief Paine wants to hold some community meetings.
"Bring the community members in. They can get to know me. A lot of them don't know our officers. All they know is what they've heard from other people and come to get to know us and let's start working together."
Paine and his wife, whom he preferred not to name, have four children.