Brandon Hodges

Traffic Unit

What made you want to become a police officer?

Ever since I was a little kid, I have always been fascinated with police officers.  As I got older, my passion for becoming a police officer got stronger.  I have always had a passion for helping other people, and have always put other peoples’ needs in front of my own.

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

No, I am the first one in my family to take the oath.

How did you come to choose Prince William County?

I was born and raised in Prince William County and consider it my home.

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

I enjoy the versatility.  As a Police Officer, I have the opportunity to work in many different fields.  I found that after working six years as an evening shift officer, I was ready for a change.  So I transferred to a different unit.  I find this change to be refreshing and re-energizing for me.  There is never a dull moment in the job.  It is up to you to make the best of the opportunities which are presented to you.

What surprised you most about the job?

In general, people are not as bad as they are portrayed to be.  In today’s society, the media makes you feel like the public is out to get you as a police officer.  But in my experience with the citizens of Prince William County, I feel like we have their full support.  I don’t feel as if I work in a community which is out to get me.

What would surprise people about you?

I am generally a quiet person.  In this job, you have to have command presence when you are on the scene of calls.  This is to make sure you can maintain control of the scene and ensure everyone’s safety.  When I am off the clock, I am a quiet guy who avoids conflict at all cost.

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

The Prince William County Police Department is a big enough agency for you to explore many different avenues of the job, yet small enough that each officer is known individually.  With some of the larger agencies that have all the bells and whistles, you become just a number.

What is the biggest misconception about your job?

Cops don’t always eat donuts.  All joking aside, there is a lot more paper work to this job than most people seem to think.  I was surprised how much goes into every aspect of this job.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I enjoy the happiness you bring to people when you help them solve their problems.  They may not always get the answer or outcome they want, but it is my job to help them understand the laws and why it is the way it is.  In general, most of the population believes this job is like what they see on T.V.  They are unaware of how things really work.

What is your typical day like?

In the traffic unit, we are tasked with enforcing traffic issues.  This includes complaints of speeding problems in certain areas, as well as patrolling school zones during school hours and enforcing traffic laws in known problem areas.  A typical day for me would include coming into the office to check my emails to see if there is any particular area which needs to be addressed that day.  If there is nothing specific, then I get on my motorcycle and hit the street.  I tend to gravitate to areas I know will be busy.  It is my job to educate the public of the traffic laws.  Sometimes this warrants the issuance of a citation and sometimes just a warning.

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

When off duty, I like to disconnect myself from the job completely.  I enjoy spending time with my family.  Some hobbies I enjoy are golfing and cars.

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