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Moody joins North Hudson Police Department

Officer Bobby Moody

The North Hudson Police Department has a new patrol officer with a familiar name.

Bobby Moody is a member of the Moody family of River Falls that has owned and operated a car dealership there for many years. He shares his name with his father, also Bobby Moody, and his mother, Kathy, is a nurse. But young Bobby chose a different career path.

After graduating from UW-River Falls with a degree in music and biology, and completing paramedic training at Chippewa Valley Technical College in River Falls, he decided he wanted to be a police officer. He then attended and completed the law enforcement program at Nicollet College in Rhinelander. He has continued to work with St. Croix EMS and also as a community service office with the Hudson Police Department. He joined the North Hudson Police Department fulltime on Sept. 11, 2010.

Moody said he feels fortunate to have found a full-time position with a department he admires. He has just completed six months of training, working closely with Chief Mark Richert and Sgt. Mark Volz. He says the work suits him.

"I really like people and a job where I serve them. As a police officer, we most often see people when things aren't going right or they are stressed. It is rewarding to be able to go in and restore things to normal in a chaotic environment. It is good being one of the people they call when they can't do or deal with something themselves. I guess it is the problem-solving part of the job I like best," said Moody.

Moody says his favorite part of the job so far is interviewing people and putting the facts of an incident together. "It is like assembling all the pieces of a puzzle to tell a story. I'm grateful I get to do some of that here."

The only downside he sees to his job is the amount of time he spends on his own. "I'm a social creature and it takes some getting used to being on my own as much as I am. But I am also really enjoying meeting people whether they are out walking their dog or the kids on their way home from school. I don't always know their names but I'll get there."

Moody said that is one of the advantages of working in a smaller community. "I think communication is just easier when the department and the village are smaller. It is easier and quicker to make a connection."

Moody lives in Hudson and when he isn't at work, he likes to be drumming. Music is a passion of his and he says he is always out for a "gig." He has been a member of the orchestra for the Westside School musical in River Falls for the past 14 years.

He is also an active alumnus of his fraternity, Theta Chi, and is a student of Aikido at the Midwest Center for Movement.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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