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.
I am the only member in my family who is involved in law enforcement.
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.
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.
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.
The fact that I was a Marine prior to joining the department.
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.
I find the biggest misconception about this job is the amount of paperwork we do each day.
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.
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.
When I’m off duty, I typically like to work out, spend time with friends, read books and watch movies.