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In every public safety job I have had and will have there was on reason I signed on. I am sick and tired of innocents getting hurt. I watched child abuse everyday growing up and it stealed my resolve. When I became a man I would stop every person in power who used it against the defenseless.


So tell me why would you serve. Is it for the job or for some greater reason.


It was once said the way to understand men is to understand their basic principles. 1 All men need to feel they are better than at least one other person. 2 Man naturally accumulates objects. 3 Man naturally feels his objects maybe less superior than his neighbors. 4 Men are naturally driven to improve his position in comparison to what he knows about others.

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My oldest brother joined LAPD when I was in high school. I went to college (Architecture) but there were no jobs then, got into construction, then my brother (mentor) persuaded me to do the LEO gig. Now it seems as if it was really a "calling" and I have been very duty bound ever since. Could not think of anything else I would rather do. There is just something about knowing that you may have made a difference in someone else's life.


One of my true success stories involved a 17 yr old kid that was distraught and was going to shoot himself. I responded to house (was familiar with his family), alone(!) and not per Dept policy (I got in trouble for that), talked him down. He had psych eval and then I lost track of him.   About  5-6 years later, while teaching a "Comprehensive Defensive Driving" Class at the local HIDTA academy, this guy approaches me (a rook) and asks if I remember him. It was this same kid,  and he said that I had allegedly inspired him to become a Deputy.


He is still with my old Dept!


I wish my momma was alive and could see what her "baby" turned into. But then again, I know that she knows!

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I think it goes back to the way I was raised.  My father is a Vietnam Vet, he and my mother both are on the local fire department.  I had an uncles with the Sheriff's Office and each of the branches of service.  I was also raised in a Christian home, service to you fellow man was not only spoken but visible.


I think it was only natural that I too chose to serve, I want to give back to my communtiy, and enjoy serving.

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 I volunteered for the draft and went to Vietnam at 18. After I got out, I worked in construction for 8 years. I got tired of running from the cops so I figured, "If you can't beat 'em, join'em!"

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I SERVE TO GIVE BACK WHAT WAS GIVEN TO ME WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN MY HOME TOWN, I HAD SOME VERY GREAT POLICE OFFICERS HELP MY MOTHER RAISE ME, SO WHEN I BECAME THE MAN THEY RAISED ME TO BE I STARTED HELPING OUT IN MY HOME TOWN, ANY WAY I CAN, AND THEN I JOINED THE GUARD TO HELP OUT ANY TIME ANY WHERE I,M NEEDED, I JUST WANT TO THANK EVERY BODY WHO HAS HELPED ME TROUGH THE YEARS, GOD BLESS

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That is a great story; the young man that was suicidal and became a deputy. I feel that is the reason many officers and deputies choose to serve; to make a difference.


At 50 years old, I am wiggling into forensic science and have passed the written test and took the oral on 7-15 to be an evidence technician. There is a spot open with the county DA's office and I am gunning for that one but there are other spots that are supposed to open up with the Sheriff's Dept. in the same county. A hiring list will be created from the top 3 candidates after the spot with the DA is filled.  Waiting to see if I passed the oral.


I also have a test in September to be an armed security officer for the Sheriff's Dept. It is a new position and the county uses those guards for county buildings and court houses to patrol, cover the entrances and run the metal detectors. Other posts are at the community colleges working in conjunction with sworn deputies. If I go that route; I may be able wiggle into being a sworn deputy later on but at 50; this old body has been beat up a bit so.......day by day now. If the forensic thing comes together.....most likely I am there.


Oh ya. The why part. I want to make a difference. I am tired of reading about criminals that think they can steal from, rape and kill the good people out there that are working hard and playing by the rules. It's that simple. I want to help get the bad guy in the most effective way that I can at my age and with the skills that I have accumulated. I want to spend the next 15-20 years doing something that means something.


I hate bad guys and want to do something that interests me.


I salute you all that serve and sacrifice. We would be in deep doo doo without people that care.


Thanks for caring and for doing something about it.


It's a war.


 


 


 


 


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My oldest brother joined LAPD when I was in high school. I went to college (Architecture) but there were no jobs then, got into construction, then my brother (mentor) persuaded me to do the LEO gig. Now it seems as if it was really a "calling" and I have been very duty bound ever since. Could not think of anything else I would rather do. There is just something about knowing that you may have made a difference in someone else's life.


One of my true success stories involved a 17 yr old kid that was distraught and was going to shoot himself. I responded to house (was familiar with his family), alone(!) and not per Dept policy (I got in trouble for that), talked him down. He had psych eval and then I lost track of him.   About  5-6 years later, while teaching a "Comprehensive Defensive Driving" Class at the local HIDTA academy, this guy approaches me (a rook) and asks if I remember him. It was this same kid,  and he said that I had allegedly inspired him to become a Deputy.


He is still with my old Dept!


I wish my momma was alive and could see what her "baby" turned into. But then again, I know that she knows!


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I am tired of worrying about if someone is going to be shot over color (skin,clothing) drugs, money, or no reason! I want to do anything possible to make this country safe for everyone while honoring the Law and protecting every good persons wellbeing! I have been shot at, stabbed, jumped and threatened by too many people! I do not want anybody to have to go through what I have. I am tired of seeing all these officers who are doing right DIE because someone is doing WRONG!


Hell if it were up to me I would pull the trigger on many of the criminals! Forget their rights, I believe once you break the law, you should lose your rights and be executed! The prisoners in our prisons are living life too good, they should be fed only balogna sandwiches and water, the only exercise is walking in a freakin circle, I don't think prisoners should be aloud to converse with each other. I got in more trouble as a child then any inmates have to endure. If I got into trouble I could not talk to friends on the phone, by letter, internet, I could not watch tv, go outside and play, listen to the radio! The only thing is these inmates are getting is a free ride! And what is with life sentences in prison? If they are never getting out, get rid of them! A bullet is alot cheaper than the expense of keeping them alive!


I am a Christian and I know I shouldn't feel this way, but in my eyes they are evil and evil should be rid of!


Can I get a BUMP?


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For me it started with martial arts, I got good at it and started teaching. (Giving back kind of thing) It was sept. 11th that made me want to do more, so I enlisted in the Marine Corp. I was dropped from training becouse of knee problems. I have bad color vision so law enforcement is out. So I got a job as a security officer, now I focus on helping the community here in Stockton. If I can't join in on the fight against terror, and I can't join the fight on crime at least I can protect the clients property, and employees.

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I am tired of worrying about if someone is going to be shot over color (skin,clothing) drugs, money, or no reason! I want to do anything possible to make this country safe for everyone while honoring the Law and protecting every good persons wellbeing! I have been shot at, stabbed, jumped and threatened by too many people! I do not want anybody to have to go through what I have. I am tired of seeing all these officers who are doing right DIE because someone is doing WRONG!


Hell if it were up to me I would pull the trigger on many of the criminals! Forget their rights, I believe once you break the law, you should lose your rights and be executed! The prisoners in our prisons are living life too good, they should be fed only balogna sandwiches and water, the only exercise is walking in a freakin circle, I don't think prisoners should be aloud to converse with each other. I got in more trouble as a child then any inmates have to endure. If I got into trouble I could not talk to friends on the phone, by letter, internet, I could not watch tv, go outside and play, listen to the radio! The only thing is these inmates are getting is a free ride! And what is with life sentences in prison? If they are never getting out, get rid of them! A bullet is alot cheaper than the expense of keeping them alive!


I am a Christian and I know I shouldn't feel this way, but in my eyes they are evil and evil should be rid of!


Can I get a BUMP?


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In every public safety job I have had and will have there was on reason I signed on. I am sick and tired of innocents getting hurt. I watched child abuse everyday growing up and it stealed my resolve. When I became a man I would stop every person in power who used it against the defenseless.


So tell me why would you serve. Is it for the job or for some greater reason.



We can't save everyone, but just think about that one child saying thank you for helping them get away from abuse. Thats is worth the risk of life. We can't be everywhere that we are needed, but when we get a chance, we should stand out and defend the weak and show them someone does care!


I love each day like its my last! Why do we are have to be so serious?

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Why? This is why I want to be an evidence technician. This is one reason. There are 1000 more like this one.


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For myself, it was kind of a back door way into LEO.  I spent a few years working full time EMS following the death of a close friend, perhaps someone who would have survived, had I had the proper training to act.  As I worked scene after scene, I came to the realization that my true calling was to help in a different way, to be there for the victims, and to "bust the badguys".


After nearly 16 years on the beat, I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else.... it's just the right thing to do, for all the right reasons.  How I see it.... 2 rights can't make a wrong.


 


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Reader's Digest once wrote that "A policeman is a little boy who grew up to be what he said he was going to be!"


My inspiration came as a child when 2 Kirkwood, MO police officers subdued an intruder in our home.

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Well I can say that my reasons for serving may not be as exciting and heart-warming as some of those that have been posted.


But back when I was a little kid, probably around 6th grade, there was a School Teacher friend of the family and she gave me some old text books. Among them was a law book, as in study of law for perhaps law school. I read this book from cover to cover, made out my own legal documents etc. and just thoroughly enjoyed this book. I knew at that early age that I wanted to do something involving law work.


By the time I reached High School age, my family had been though a divorce of my parents and each of my two brothers and two sisters, all older than I, had left the house, what I like to call, under-less-than-pleasant-conditions. With me being the youngest I saw the many different struggles between my Mother and my brothers and sisters. I wanted to be and do something different so before I graduated High School I enlisted in the US Air Force in the Delayed Enlistment Program. About two weeks after graduating I was on my way to Lackland AFB in San Antonio TX for Basic Military Training. Since I had also signed up to be a Security Police my Technical School, or training, was also at Lackland. Upon graduating my Tech. School I was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City SD and assigned to the 44th Missile Security Squadron.


After six years of service in the US Air Force and being Honorably Discharged I applied for and was hired with the Dothan Airport Police Department in Dothan AL. A short time after being hired I went through and passed the Southwest Alabama Police Academy training being held at Troy State University in Dothan. I worked there for six and half years and during that time as a Police Officer I was able to help many people even though my duties were not like those out on patrol every day and every shift. We did do our patrols but were limited to mostly just the airport properties and perimeter.


Things begin to change in the department, sort of like a small town with the small-town-politics coming into play on certain occasions and with certain people or incidents. Also my Father was having some medical issues and I was getting burned-out or bummed-out about things at work and decided to change work and move closer to where my Dad was to help him around his farm.


Now I'm a community volunteer as an Amateur Radio operator working with the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). So once again, in my own small way, I'm continuing to serve my community and country.


I am proud of my time in the Air Force, my time on patrol as a Police Officer, and what I'm doing today. After the tragic events of 11 Sept. I am happy to volunteer my time and efforts to the betterment of my little part of the world.


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I served 4 great years in the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS unfortunantly I cannot go back due to an injury I recieved to the leg. I however do serve as a corrections officer right now hoping to make it to deputy. I served with pride and also fear of people I love losing the feeling of safety and security. I am now starting off my career in corrections to help me move into deputy so I can further and once again serve my community and make it a safe place to live for my family and friends and also community members.

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Why did I serve?


          Well, it could be because in my family we have served our countries going as far back as the Franco-Preussen war. Dad served during WW II, from Pearl Harbor though most of the engagements of the Pacific War, my uncles served during both WW II and Korea. My brother served two tours in Nam, we lost a cousin there. Then Dad served the communities of Brownsville and Junction City, OR as the C.o.P. of both towns. So, I guess I can say that it runs in our blood to serve and protect our country/communities, to protect those that are weaker than I or those who are being oppressed by those who preach/practice hate in its many forms. Then of course, there is that sense of patriotism as well.


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"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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I served because for generations my family has served this country.  I hope this does not sound trite, but we have always felt that we owed something to the country that gave us so much. My kids have served and this is in the "all volunteer" military.  I truly believe that this a right of passage that we could all use.  One learns to follow orders, work as a team, and above all put country above self.


I really feel that my service has entitled me to an opinion.  And I feel that I have been so enabled.


My 2 cents


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I have always wanted to serve my country. When I was a teenager in the 80's (aging myself), when President Reagan was elected he inspired me to serve. His confidence at a time when the country was down, was amazing. That has not left me ever. When I retire, I'll be ready to continue, because no matter what, this country is worth defending.


 


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I have always wanted to serve my country. When I was a teenager in the 80's (aging myself), when President Reagan was elected he inspired me to serve. His confidence at a time when the country was down, was amazing. That has not left me ever. When I retire, I'll be ready to continue, because no matter what, this country is worth defending.


 Please come work with me...Every department needs men and women like you....your friend  Mako01


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I come from a family of cops.  My father was a Deputy Sheriff in Madison Co., Alabama.  My uncle  Sgt. Charles A. Kiefer (Ret.) EOW 10-3-2007 gave the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept 23 years and the Lincoln Co., Mo. Sheriff's Dept. 18 years.  Charlie passed away as the Det. of the Moscow Mills PD after a long bout with both cancer and diabeates.  Charlie was my mentor and my inspiration to become a cop.  He is truly missed in Missouri Law Enforcement.

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Why I Joined:
 

  1. Many years spent as a Juvi Thug learning the system

  2. Big Guns

  3. Badge (no more DUI’s)

  4. Fast Cars

  5. Tasers

  6. And of Course, Badge Bunnies

 
Ok, ok, don’t flame mail me! It’s just a joke! After retiring from 20+ years in the Army and working as a part time cop for three small towns while on active duty I finally got to do the job I dreamed of since I was first arrested as a Juvi (ok so number 1 above was true) by a caring Chicago Police Officer. He took me under his wing and was a great influence all the way up to his death while I was still on active duty with the Army. Even though I have been full time for the last 18 months, I still try to always do “the right thing, even when no one is looking” as taught to me by this fine Officer 30+ years ago.
 
Be Safe All!!

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When I was 18, a local girl was reported missing. She had worked at this store and closed up at the end of the day. She never made it to her car. Her picture was everywhere. For weeks people volunteered their time searching for her. They found her face down in a ditch with no clothes on. I became a cop because I wanted to make a difference.

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i serve for several reasons:


I have always liked helping people


I always wanted to make some kinda difference. 


When I got my divorce I had three little boys, I had a highschool diploma and that was it.  I went to collage got my degree and went to the police academy, I always wanted to a Police Officer and i wanted my children to know you earn what you get and you had to work for what you wanted so i became an Officer that was my dream how could I tell the boys to go for theirs if I had not gone for mine.

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I serve because I feel it in my heart.  I too have seen the preying on the innocents and find it repulsive!  I decided to go into narcotics for that very reason.. Kids are helpless and need someone to stand up for them.  I fight a war every single day to take back the streets and to leave a better world for our children.  Don't get me wrong, there are days I question my decision but the answer is always the same....if I don't step in, who will.  I feel that in a way I am giving a voice to that otherwise silenced child and helping them see there is a better way of life.  They say addiction and abuse is a cycle....and I am here to break it.  If I can change just ONE childs life for the better then my job has been a success!!


Too many people go to work just for a paycheck.  I go to work to make a difference.  I will be the first to admit I am not always right but at least my intentions are good.


Addiction  has hit too close for comfort in my family and I refuse to sit back and watch the destruction. I also run a mentor program for at-risk-youth.  This is my way of helping show these children that there is a better life for them out there and that the police are here to HELP them, not HURT them.  Most have horrible memories of a parent being taken away and I hope to help educate them on better living.


I could go on and on about why I serve but for that you can see me profile!


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Little girls dream of growing up to be cops too!!!   When I was little I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys...I even played cops 'n robbers with all the neighbor boys and, of course, I had to be the cop every time. Both my grandfathers and a great grandfather were military and my dad was a reserve officer for several years when I was little, but there wasn't enough money in it for him. Well I definitely don't do the job for the pay!!! So I guess I'm first generation LEO and I hope to pass on the love of the career to one or more of my kids. I believe I didn't choose the career, rather it chose me. I am driven from deep within, as many of you I'm sure, to not only do what's right and uphold the laws, but also protect the weak, be a voice for the victims, lead by example, uncover the truths and expose the scum of society for what they are. 


I have worked my way up from reserve police officer, to CO in the jail, to Deputy "road dawg" and now a detective. I truly believe God blessed me with a gift for dealing with the sex crimes.  As a new officer I remember the feeling of pride when I hooked my first perp, but nothing will ever compare to the joy and emotion I experienced after working my first big sex abuse case. From start to end, obtaining the confession and arresting the SOB - he will NEVER touch another child or breathe air as a free man again.  I've had many more since and even though I will never stop every person in the world from doing such terrible deeds, I know I am making a difference one child/family at a time. I love my job and can't imagine ever doing anything different.  So what ever your motivation, drive or purpose for choosing this profession, we are a chosen few for a reason. God has a plan for us all. Be safe. 


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War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state


of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.


The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more


important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free


unless made and kept so by the exersions of better men than himself.


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To serve is to have a purpose ... I believe what I do is very important and has purpose ...... Protecting the public is a noble and honorable calling...........God Bless all of those that serve


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Everything I have ever done or wanted to do was about service or helping people.  I have been in Law Enforcement in some capacity since I was 18 years old.  The only other things I have done have been food industry (helping people with their need to eat) or music (helping people by intertaining).  I have never wanted a corporate job or to just fill a position but somewhere I could be helpful.

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I served because for generations my family has served this country.  I hope this does not sound trite, but we have always felt that we owed something to the country that gave us so much. My kids have served and this is in the "all volunteer" military.  I truly believe that this a right of passage that we could all use.  One learns to follow orders, work as a team, and above all put country above self.


I really feel that my service has entitled me to an opinion.  And I feel that I have been so enabled.


My 2 cents


Doc


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Well said Doc!

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