Photo for Headline Surfer® / New Smyrna Beach PD recruit Shawn Adkins is shown here with his father, NSBPD Investigator David Adkins in this July still image.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Like father, like son: The New Smytrna Beach police Department saw the first-ever father and son duo of police officers with the July 9 hiring of recruit Shawn Adkins.
When deciding which police department he wanted to work for, Adkins, son of New Smyrna Beach PD Investigator David Adkins, said it was an easy decision: “My Dad has been really successful at this agency and I have always felt like it was part of my family.”
The 22-year-old Adkins added, "I know and love this community."
The father and son duo comes in at No. 96 in the Headline Surfer® countdown of the Top 100 stories of 2013.
The younger Adkins was sworn in as a police officer in front of friends, family and his father at the June 27 New Smyrna Beach City Commission meeting.
The father, David Adkins, began his law enforcement career with NSBPD in 1987. He is a youth investigator and coordinator of the Police Athletic League.
Because he's in the state's DROP program, the elder Adkins is expected to retire in 3 1/2 years.
Shawn Adkins' first year salary is $32,542.
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