46 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com At the age of 12, Mount Pleasant Police Department Captain Chip Googe already knew exactly what career he wanted to pursue when he grew up. Googe’s father worked for the Charleston County Police Department, eventually moving to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department. His uncle worked in law enforcement as well. Growing up around a family with law enforcement ties made an early impact. “From the time I was 12 or 13, I was a police cadet with the sheriff’s office,” Googe recalled. “They’d take middle and high school kids and teach them about law enforcement. Students got to compete in different events within the state. It prepares them for a job in law enforcement.” Googe’s background, coupled with that strong family foundation, placed him on the path to becoming a pillar of safety and support within his community. Following his training, Googe became a Mount Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) officer in 1996. The department has evolved since Googe joined BY MAUR I CE J . FRAZ I ER Served & Protected Beloved longtimeMount Pleasant P.D. officer retires Ch ip Googe, Mount Pl easant Po l i ce Depar tment Capta i n (now ret i red) .