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Bullitt Countian Hendrix hired as Shelbyville officer

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 SHELBYVILLE - Shelbyville’s finest grew by one with the swearing in of a new police officer at the Shelbyville Police Department.

The community room at the police department was quiet, the crowd solemn, as Jason Hendrix vowed to uphold the law and never participate in a duel, part of the requirements of the oath.

Hendrix, 39, is a native of Jeffersontown, where his wife, Melissa, is still a police officer.

He is a graduate of Bullitt East High School and has a degree in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University. 

Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty, who was on hand at the ceremony, said he was glad that Shelbyville is getting such an experienced officer.

“We are happy to have him; he will be an excellent addition to the great officers we already have, especially with the experience he brings to the department,” Hardesty said.

Hendrix has been a police office at the Audubon Police Department in Louisville and a deputy sheriff in Bullitt County, as well as a sergeant at the Zoneton Fire Department in Shepherdsville. 

Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said he was very impressed with Hendrix’s credentials.

“In a very rigorous selection process, he came out on top,” he said.

Goodwin said Hendrix brings the department up to 23 sworn officers, in addition to two office staff employees.

Hendrix said he always wanted to be a police officer because he grew up in a family in which many people dedicated themselves to law enforcement, and he wanted to follow their example.

“It’s a family tradition,” he said. “I had two family members that retired from Louisville Metro [Police Department], and my dad [the late Jay Hendrix] retired from J-Town [Jeffersontown Police Department].

“I just have a desire to help people and to be a positive influence in the community.”

Hendrix, a father of four, lives in Bullitt County with his wife, Melissa. 

He is the son of Elaine Dillon and the late Jay Hendrix.