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Charleston Police Department Adds Retired NYPD Officer To Force
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: Larry Clark
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Reported: Sep. 7, 2012 12:13 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 7, 2012 5:03 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The Charleston Police Department swore in a new officer Friday. But the new member of the force is not only chasing a career in Charleston, he's also chasing a woman.
Christopher Lioi joins the Charleston force as a retired New York City police officer. He served 12 years at the New York City Police Department and moved here for his fiancee, Ashley King.
They met while King was attending grad school at New York University four years ago.
The couple believes Charleston is a better place to raise a family, so Lioi officially retired from the New York police force Tuesday.
He said he's excited to begin his new career and life in Charleston.
“It's kind of tough to raise a family in New York, and she's very family oriented,” Lioi said. “I have no regrets with my decision; I think it's the best decision I've made in my life.”
Without question, patrolling the streets of Charleston will be different than it was in the Big Apple. Lioi said in New York City, one square mile contains 250,000 people; 28 square miles in Charleston contains 50,000 people.
King said she has no doubt her soon-to-be husband will be an asset to the city of Charleston.
“He's got great instincts. He's always quick on his feet, makes great decisions under pressure and those are all great qualities of a great police officer,” King said.
The Charleston Police Department is still looking to add one more officer to the force to be at full capacity. Lioi’s hiring brings the force to a total of 162 officers.
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