I always wanted to be a police officer as long as I can remember. When I was six years old, I would talk about it. My mother did not like the idea. My father basically humored me. However, now it's a whole new story because they are both very encouraging and proud.
During my final year of active duty with the United States Marine Corp, I began to research different police departments and agencies. The LAPD offered more job descriptions and assignments that appealed to me. The LAPD also offered a lifestyle, code of conduct and work ethic I related to with the Marine Corp.
In the Air Support Division of the LAPD, I am living out my dream everyday. In the early years of my career, it was rewarding to think of the responsibilities, contacts and effect I had on people just being a police officer. Having trust in my training, abilities and the system we use gets me through dangerous situations. Taking my training seriously and trusting it as a valuable tool, is essential to make it through each day.
We are all here because we want to be. We are all here because we want to help. We are all here because we love our job and we all want to put the bad guys in jail. We are all human. And, most of all, we truly do believe in the motto 'To Protect and Serve.'
To Protect and To Serve My Dream. I am here living out my dream. I know this line of work is really for me and I am going to love it for the rest of my life! I am part of a team that is all about integrity, and that gives my dream even greater meaning.