Emily Nichols joins police force _lowres

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Emily Nichols, left, was introduced to the Zachary City Council and Mayor David Amrhein on June 9 by Police Chief David McDavid as the Zachary Police Department's newest officer. Nichols was born in Texas, raised in St. Francisville and resides in Zachary.

Texas-born Emily Nichols, 25, is the Zachary Police Department’s newest police officer. She was introduced to the Zachary City Council on June 9 by Chief David McDavid.

Raised in St. Francisville, Nichols graduated from West Feliciana High School in 2008 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice with minors in psychology and sociology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2013.

She completed officer training at the Capital Area Regional Training Academy, graduating in June 2014.

“I have always had a strong desire to protect those around me and serve as a role model to youth in the community,” Nichols said when asked why she wanted to become a police officer.

“I want to be able to give back to the community that I live in and love,” Nichols said. “Zachary has a wonderful group of officers, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve among them and learn from them.”

Married with one child, Nichols is the first police officer in her family.