Separating The Person from The Profession

As you guys know by now, I wear many hats. I have always been one to stay busy and kind of have my hand in a bit of everything. Its in my nature. With that being said, my career sits at the forefront of my existence due to the weight that this job holds. Being a police officer comes with automatic perceptions and stereotypes and I’ve spent years trying not to let those views define who I am as a person.

7 1/2 years of being a police officer, I have seen many different reactions from people after they had learned about my profession. It goes without saying that subconsciously they had already formed a perception of who they thought I was and what I stood for. As a society, our lifestyle and careers acts as a nonverbal statement of who we are. Often times individuals are judged by where they work, what they drive and the social circles that they frequent. Is it fair to judge people based on exterior characteristics instead of getting to know them as a person first?

Being a victim of this for the past 7 1/2 years, I know that outcast feeling all too well. Everyday I strive to not have the ‘Us vs Them” mentality but sometimes it is hard because the people who don’t do what we do have the most to say about what we do, lacking the empathy or understanding of the profession.

Can you separate the person from the profession? Can you look at them for who they are inside and out instead of the career they chose?

This message wasn’t to beat up on anyone or to point fingers, but rather to challenge you to be better. Form your own opinions and views based on YOUR own experiences dealing with people individually. Don’t take someone else’s story or what the media spins because those are all based on their own perceptions. Form your own and learn to give everyone an individual chance. I’ve met wealthy businessmen who were rude and arrogant and I’ve met homeless people who would give you their last dollar. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

When you judge people, you have no time to love them”

– Mother Teresa

Farewell August, Hello September!

August has come to an end and September is quickly approaching!! It is insane how quickly time is flying. It makes you think about how short life really is. With that in mind, stop putting off those plans, dreams and ideas and do them NOW!! There’s no better time than right now! Go for it! I believe in you.. 🙂

August Highlights

August was such a great month! Full of celebration and new beginnings. I celebrated my 30th birthday and had an amazing time with a group of friends.

We had dinner at Eli’s Table located on Meeting Street. This was my first time eating there and I was extremely satisfied. The customer service was AMAZING!! I was given a complimentary glass of champagne as the birthday girl and our server was gracious enough to play cameraman for us.

To some it may have seemed like a pretty lame way to celebrate 30 years, but it was perfect for me. I wasn’t interested in doing anything too crazy.

A New Path

I started a new position at work which was pretty exciting. For the entirety of my career I spent my time on Patrol and for the first time I am in a new enviroment entirely; the SCHOOLS!! We are about 3 weeks in and I am starting to see how my purpose can be fulfilled here. Our children spend the majority of their day in school. For some children, school is the only positive atmosphere in their life. With that being said, it is very important for teachers, and myself, to make a positive impact in their lives.

Being an SRO, you have choices. You can chose to sit in your office all day and do nothing, or you can choose to go out and interact with the students and staff. Get to know your school. Attend meetings. Open the doors for the car riders. I love talking to the students. I love walking down the hallways and giving high fives as the kids walk from class to class. Its those little gestures that makes huge impacts.

Another thing I learned after Week 1 of being in the schools. Vitamin C!!!!! I am currently getting over a cold after spending time in one of my favorite 5th grade classes. Thank goodness it wasn’t Strep!

Sighting of me reading in the Media Center

Awaiting Fall

$12 outfit from Marshall’s

I have become obsessed with Fall fashion. I have also taken a fancy to buying more for less. You’d be surprised what you could find on the racks of Goodwill, Marshall’s and other consignment stores. Please stay tuned for my next post. It’s going to be filled with Fall Fashion Fun!!!!

I must admit, I am happy to see Summer come to a close. I am ready for the beautiful Fall decor, those beautiful oranges and greens and those cozy comfy over-sized sweaters!! Are you ready for Fall?

A Necessary Change

Hey you guys!! How are things going with you? I hope extremely well. Life has recently taken a couple bumps and turns but all in a good direction. Now only did I just turn 30 years old, but I also made a big change in my career. For the past 6 1/2 years, I spent my time on Patrol. 3 1/2 years on Patrol and 3 years as an NRO which is under the Patrol umbrella. I loved my time in both positions because in the city where I work, there is ALWAYS something going on. There was tons of fun times and lots of community relationships formed, however, I was eventually left feeling like I wanted to do more.

So, I heard that there was an opening for the position as an SRO (School Resource Officer) and I decided to put it for it. A lot of times when you’re working in the patrol atmosphere, yes, you do get to meet different people and there’s the possibility of building relationships but with high call volumes and staffing issues, its hard to do those things where you get to see growth and development. As an SRO, you get to be in those schools and basically go day to day with those kids and actually see them grow and blossom into productive adults. That is what I want to be apart of. I also think that helping children form a more positive view towards police is extremely important. Police officers are there to protect and serve the communities and also be a role model to those who have no positive role models in their lives.

I take my duties as a police officer very seriously because I believe that this has been my personal mission given to me by God. I’ve made some GREAT relationships over the years and there is nothing better than someone coming up to you in the grocery store telling you how you changed their life. Its awesome! This job can be very rewarding and its such a great platform to make the most out of your career.

I am so excited about this new path in my career and I cant wait to meet the students and staff. This is going to be a great school year! I can feel it already! Be safe guys and God Bless. xoxo

Happy 4th of July!!!

How Will You be Spending the 4th?

Every year for the last 3 years, I’ve spent my 4th of July working 10+ hours at Riverfront Park. The celebration at Riverfront Park is always one of the BIGGEST events here in Charleston!! With an estimated attendance of 20,000-25,000 people, you can imagine the task of managing crowd control. Working for the best agency in the Lowcountry, everything has managed to run smoothly without a hitch.

So, if you’re looking for a family fun event in the Charleston area, check out Riverfront Park!! Be sure to stay for the firework show at the end. 🙂 Be safe and God Bless! xoxo