Friday, March 27, 2009
Meet Your Recruiter
Courtesy of Mr. Larry Curley - HPD Photo Lab
My name is Officer John Wall and I have been a Houston Police Officer for 16 years. Before joining HPD, I worked in a laboratory while attending college. I realized this was not what I wanted to do for a living. I happened to hear on the radio that HPD was hiring. Always being interested in law enforcement, I drove to the recruiting office and filled out an application. The rest is history.
I patrolled the streets for 11 years before transferring to recruiting. It was important for me to share my excitement with the ones wanting to make a difference like me. I have had so many memorable experiences in my career with HPD; however, the one that stands out the most involved a mother who could not find her child. The fear I observed in her face and voice was devastating to me. Amazingly, we found the child several hours later and she was unharmed. What a rewarding experience to see the mother being reunited with her child.
I am Officer Wall, and I am a Recruiter.
Perhaps, you didn't find police work. Perhaps, it found you. Perhaps, you are here because, like the sick child who grows up to be a doctor, some experience made a lasting impression on you. Perhaps, you want to make a difference in your community. Or, you are sick and tired of the crime and disorder in society and believe you can make a difference. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot make a difference. We all make differences. If, in 20 years on the job, you save one life, you have made a difference. If you catch only one rapist, you have made a difference. If you slow down just one speeder and keep one child from getting struck, you have made a difference. You may feel your contributions are insignificant in the big picture of life, but together, you make a huge difference. You are here because you can make that difference.
By Robert W. Peetz, M.C.J.
Criminal Justice Professor, Midland College, Midland, Texas
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