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SAEMI KITCHENS

First Sergeant

What made you want to become a police officer?

Being a police officer is something I have always wanted to do.  I wanted to help people and I was never afraid to step in and do something that could make a difference.  I feel that I am a better person because of my profession and I am thankful that I chose this career path.

Are there other members of your family who work in law enforcement?

No, being an Asian female, this line of work is not common in our culture.  This made it difficult when deciding what career field to pursue out of high school.

How did you come to choose Prince William County?

I applied to several different agencies in the area.  I chose Prince William County because the hiring process was much more personal.  I was able to speak to an actual person, get answers to my questions, and was told where I was at each step in the hiring process.  It didn’t stop there either, because I work with great people everyday.

What do you like best about working as a Police Officer?

I like the fact that every day is different and unpredictable.  I also like how when you change assignments in the police department, it is like starting a new job.  You will never get bored and there are many opportunities to do different things.

What surprised you most about the job?

How much citizens really appreciate what we do.  It always surprises me when someone comes up and thanks me for my service. It really means a lot to me.

What would surprise people about you?

How old I really am and that I absolutely love wushu, which is a Chinese martial art.

What would you tell people who are thinking of becoming a Police Officer in Prince William County?

I would tell people that this was the best career choice I ever made, but to also do your homework.  Each department is different and offers different benefits and incentives.  Make sure you do what is best for you and your family.

What is the biggest misconception about your job?

The biggest misconception is that all we do is write tickets and take people to jail.  We do many different things and, with a job like police work, we have to wear many different hats.  I love talking to people and finding out who they are as a person.  At the end of the day, I took this job to help people and that is what I strive to do.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The fact that I can actually make a difference.  Any call we go on, and the people we speak with, can make the biggest difference for that person.

What is your typical day like?

There is no typical day in police work, that’s what makes it great.

What are some of the things you like to do when you’re not on duty? (hobbies, interests, etc.)

I love spending time with my family and trying new places to eat.

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