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.

http://hpdcareer.blogspot.com/2009/02/meet-your-recruiter_27.html

http://hpdcareer.blogspot.com/2009/02/meet-your-recruiter.html

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

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Officer wall was my background investigator. He was very nice, professional and very patient with me. I have since graduated from the academy and I love maikng a difference also. If you want to do something special with your life, apply today. Officer McCoy talked me into it and I could not be happier. Great post today sir!

Anonymous said...

Good job John. You did my background also. Thanks for everything. You were great!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say hello to Officer Wall. You did my background too.

Anonymous said...

I love the way you highlight others. It is great to "get to meet" them through your blog. Keep up the good work, Officer McCoy. Oh, by the way,YOU are making a difference every day! Keep up the good work.

BeauGuerra said...

Great post on the blog Officer Mike. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting! Recruitment seems like a very neat career path within the HPD. I enjoy reading about all of the career possibilities that are availabile. I imagine some departments are very popular and difficult to get into. What are some of the more understaffed departments within HPD?

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful picture:)

Anonymous said...

Officer Wall,
You bring credit upon yourself, the Houston Police Department, and the City of Houston. Your conduct throughout the background check and up to the first day of the academy set the standard in my eyes of what and HPD officer is. Thanks for everything.

Anonymous said...

Great Picture and great story!

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

Officer Buttons! I kid, Officer Wall is a true professional. It is a pleasure to work with him everyday.

Anonymous said...

I submitted my application just today. After serving my country and recently retiring from the Navy. I hope to join the ranks of Houston's finest and serve the city of Houston.... HPD UP!