POTTSBORO — Officer Steve Northington enjoys his job of keeping the streets of Pottsboro safe, and plans to continue patrolling until retirement.

POTTSBORO — Officer Steve Northington enjoys his job of keeping the streets of Pottsboro safe, and plans to continue patrolling until retirement.


Northington grew up in Callisburg and attended the University of North Texas Police Academy. From 2001 to mid-2013, he worked for the Sherman Police Department. He has been a patrol officer with the Pottsboro Police Department since October 2013.


Many law enforcement personnel see their job as a calling, Northington said. And while some officers feel called to more senior positions, Northington said he feels called to be a patrol officer. Although he has experience working as a detective and with Sherman PD’s Special Response Team, Northington enjoys working as a patrol officer most.


While there is no such thing as an "average" workday, Northington said most of his time is spent patrolling the streets looking for anything out of the ordinary, enforcing traffic laws and responding to disturbance calls.


Because their job can be unpredictable, police officers must approach situations with caution, and sometimes this can cause officers to be perceived as standoffish.


"When you get to the point where you feel like there’s nobody out there that will hurt you, that’s when you get hurt," he said. "Sometimes (officers) can come across as being. … I guess you could say ‘cold’ or ‘arrogant,’ but that’s not the intent at all."


For Northington, the best part about being a police officer is helping people.


"When you go to that call where somebody really needs help, and you’re able to provide that help to them, whatever it is — it may be as little as helping someone change a tire, or it may be as big as putting someone in jail who assaulted a family member, … When you get to do that, and you know that they really needed the help and you provided it for them, it’s a pretty good feeling."


Northington is a man of many hobbies. He is an avid team roper, and has a photo on his desk showing him in action riding a horse and roping a steer.


He is the vice president of the Texoma chapter of the Iron Pigs Motorcycle Club, which consists of police officers and firefighters. Northington has ridden with the Iron Pigs across the country to destinations like Florida, Georgia and South Padre Island.


In addition, he is also learning how to be a baseball umpire.


Of course, Northington enjoys spending time with his wife of 16 years, his 14-year-old daughter, 12-year-old son and two pet corgis.