Salute The Badge: Sgt. Lisa Sage helps connect police and community

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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Administrative Sergeant Lisa Sage at the Emporia Police Department got started as an animal control officer while attending Emporia State.

"I was a patrol officer for five years, then I was a detective for about seven,” Sage said. “I wanted to keep moving and keep doing things and doing different things at the police department so then I promoted to sergeant."

Now, as the administrative sergeant, she helps with community relations.

"This position allows me to interact with the public on a more positive level,” Sage said. “Sometimes when law enforcement's involved with the community, it's not always the best interaction, but yet we still need to be there for people and help them to be safe and have them trust us."

Strengthening relations with the Emporia community has helped Sage when she's not wearing her badge as well.

"It’s helped me just with relationships with my family and my friends, Sage said. “Understanding or looking at all perspectives and having a good understanding of maybe where somebody else's perspective or where they are coming from and having compassion."

Sage is also in charge of the annual law enforcement memorial that honors fallen officers. She said trying to do something different with the memorial each year is important to her, the department and the community.

“Last year and the year before we had a balloon release which was really exciting,” Sage said. “I think somebody from Illinois found one of the balloons and wrote to us."

The memorial is another way Sage helps connect the community to the Emporia Police Department.

"It kind of goes with the duties of the position that I’m doing now,” Sage said. "The community needs to know us and know who we are and what we do and why we do some of the things we do.”

Sergeant Sage is also in charge of the police department's citizen’s academy.