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Paris Rocheen

Officer

What made you want to become a police officer?

Growing up as a child, I always admired police officers for their bravery. I always wanted to become a police officer because I enjoy helping people, and that is how I view police officers, as those who help people in need, no matter the danger.

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

I am the only member in my family who is involved in law enforcement.

How did you come to choose Prince William County?

I applied to Prince William County two years ago in hopes of becoming a police officer. After meeting with my background investigator, I felt this was an organization I wanted to be a part of. The officers I initially encountered were very professional.

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

The best part about being a police officer is, I get to make a difference in peoples’ lives and I get to see first-hand how I was actually able to make a difference.

What surprised you most about the job?

Paperwork is something that really surprised me about this job. Growing up watching television, I never saw the administrative side of the job. I viewed this job as just arresting people and never thought about the amount of paperwork police officers have to complete on a daily basis.

What would surprise people about you?

The fact that I was a Marine prior to joining the department.

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

If I came across someone wanting to join Prince William County as an officer, I would tell them that this is a very professional organization. The officers are knowledgeable and there are many career opportunities within the department.

What is the biggest misconception about your job?

I find the biggest misconception about this job is the amount of paperwork we do each day.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part about being a police officer is interacting with the community. There are so many negative perceptions about police officers, so being able to have a positive encounter with the community is very rewarding.

What is your typical day like?

My typical day can consist of a variety of calls. I can start my day responding to an emotionally disturbed person, and then proceed to a larceny call. I typically run radar and conduct traffic stops. My day also consists of responding to domestic calls and, at times, burglaries.

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

When I’m off duty, I typically like to work out, spend time with friends, read books and watch movies.

 

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