Veteran KCPD sergeant treasures her time working security at the zoo

Kansas City's Morning News
January 25, 2019 - 9:02 am

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When KCPD Sgt. Kristy Goodin is not patrolling the streets around East Patrol, she spends time working security and acting as a goodwill ambassador at the Kansas City Zoo.

Goodin talks about the chimps almost as if they were her children. She has developed a strong bond in four years of working at the zoo off-duty. She's been a cop almost 28 years.

Goodin started working part time at the zoo to help pay for her daughter's horse riding activity. The daughter stopped riding, but Goodin couldn't say goodbye.

"I don't want to leave it now," Goodin said. "The horses were very expensive and this did supplement that."

The job at the zoo is perfect for Goodin, who majored in biology in college. She also earned a minor in criminal justice, assuming she would move to Colorado and save baby animals. Life didn't work out that way.

Goodin loves feeding time with the chimpanzees. 

"The keepers throw treats from the top of the of the building down to them," she says. "One will wave his arm back and forth until he gets a snack, or clap his hands. It's hilarious."

Working at the zoo gives Goodin plenty of opportunities to interract with members of the community in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. She enjoys sharing her love of animals with the visitors.

It's good to leave behind some of the hardest tasks in police work. 

"Anytime you see a child hurt or killed, or an elderly person that's been abused, those are hard things to let go of," Gooden said.

Goodin shares her love of the zoo with anyone who will listen. E.J. and Ellen first met her when they were looking at some newborn otters. It didn't take long for them to realize that she sees her role at the zoo as much more than a security guard.

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