For Andrew Larsen, living in Richfield will be a change of pace.
As the city’s newest police officer, Larsen will have the opportunity to get to know the community in short order.
Larsen grew up in Taylorsville, and then joined the Utah National Guard. He was deployed to the Arabian Peninsula for a year with the 145th Field Artillery. Upon returning home, he and his wife, Kira, decided they wanted to move out of the city. They decided on Richfield, where Kira is from.
Andrew was working at the prison in Gunnison when the job for the Richfield department was advertised.
“I thought I may as well try,” Andrew said. He said being a police officer is something that has always held his interest.
“I’ve always just wanted to help people,” Andrew said. “I like how it’s always something different.”
Andrew also said he enjoys the camaraderie in the department.
“I like working with a group of guys you trust who are all working toward the same goal, and not against each other,” Andrew said.
As for the change in pace from the Wasatch Front, Andrew said he loves the area and is excited to work not just with Richfield’s department, but the other first responders in the region as well.
“Everyone seems to work well together,” Andrew said.
Andrew was formally sworn in as an officer Nov. 20.
“We are excited to have Andrew join the Richfield City Police Department family,” said Chief Trent Lloyd. “We hope that he makes this his home and he is here for a long career.”
Lloyd said Larsen will be an asset to the department thanks to both his military training and ability to speak fluent Spanish.