GPD Officer Retires
Friday marked the end of almost three decades of dedication to the Gainesville Police Department for Corporal Mitch Nixon. A room full of his co-workers, city officials, family and friends gathered friday afternoon to celebrate his accomplishments. Corporal Nixon, or "Mitch," as his co-workers fondly refer to him, began service in 1981. He says his most recent time spent working as a member of The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, or ICAC, has been most memorable. "Definitely, the past six years have been the best. I have four kids of my own so it's kind of personal to me."
ICAC is a program that helps protect children from sexual exploitation through the use of the internet. And one of his co-workers, Captain Lynne Benck thinks it's the "dad" in him that helps him to be successful. "Mitch is a dad, and any person who is a mom or a dad, is able to work through these cases just on the shear idea that it could be there kid one day."
On Nixon's last day he looks back at his 28 years of service and knows that his time was well spent. "It's one of the few jobs out there in the world where you know you are making a difference."
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