96. New Smyrna cop shop has first father-son on force

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Shawn Adkins with his father, New Smyrna Beach Police Inv. David Adkins / Henry FrederickPhoto 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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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.