WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Sgt. Buddy Smallwood says he remembers his first day on the job like it was yesterday. In fact, it was more than 17,000 days ago.
Currently the longest-serving member of the Metropolitan Police Department, the now-72 year-old Smallwood joined MPD on July 20, 1964.
Forty-seven years later, he's still driving a patrol car and still very much enjoying the job, despite the fact, he says, that the mean streets of Washington are a lot meaner now than when he started.
Over the course of his lengthy career, Sgt. Smallwood has worked in four different police districts. His latest assignment, at the 7th district in Southeast Washington, started in 1977.
A few years ago, the roll call room where he often presides was named after Sgt. Smallwood, an honor he calls one of the most humbling of his career.
When asked how much longer he expects that career to last, the married father and grandfather says only that he won't make it to fifty years on the force in 2014, and that he's looking forward to looking back on a job well done.