Monday, July 27, 2009

Meet Your Recruiter


Like any other job or profession, being a police officer is what YOU make of it. I can honestly say, as a member of the Houston Police Department, I have enjoyed the ride.

My name is Anthony (A.J.) VanDorn. I have been with the Houston Police Department for 25 years, and have earned my Bachelor’s Degree while I was employed with the department. (Did you know that you can finish your degree with HPD? HPD will reimburse your tuition and allow you to further your education.) Much of my experience has been on the streets of Houston – from patrol officer, to divisional tactical officer, to patrolling the sky in one of the department’s helicopters. I also used to fly one of the department’s fixed-wing airplanes.

Now if you want to see what this world is made of, patrolling the streets of Houston will accomplish that. Being a city of diversity, a police officer in Houston has the potential of seeing almost every avenue of human nature and tradition – good and bad. In other words, after 25 years I can say you’ll be well-cultured in human customs. This is also where a police officer earns many of his stories. One time, a fellow officer and I were chasing a suspect through some houses in a local neighborhood. The suspect ran into a small vacant house that had no doors or windows, my fellow officer followed. I tried to stop the officer from running into the house, but he yelled back to me saying, “I’m going to get this guy.” I only had time to reply, “If you wait, we will.”

What neither of them knew was, two days earlier I had gone into that same home and discovered that the owner had set up a hive of bees in there. The owner did this to protect the honey-producing hive, and keep them out of the element. Well wouldn’t you know, less than a minute after they both ran into the house, they both came running back out … shouting as a small cloud of flying insects were chasing them out of their home. We got the suspect, and the other officer got a date with a bottle of Calamine Lotion.

Currently, I’m a background investigator in the Recruiting Unit, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to help so many police applicants begin their career with the Houston Police Department. Being a background investigator has also allowed me to see parts of our country I would not have otherwise traveled.

Becoming a Houston Police Officer helps build friendships…friendships in a brotherhood that last a lifetime. If this is what you seek, I would encourage you to apply. The job is going to have its ups and downs. But what YOU make of it – is what it becomes!

I am Anthony (A.J.) VanDorn and I am a Recruiter.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great story about the bees! LOL

Anonymous said...

Officer Vandorn did my background and was very professional. He helped me out and i have to say he is right. I love being a police officer! Thank you AJ

Anonymous said...

Too bad you do not have a video of the bees chasing the suspect! That would be great!

Anonymous said...

Officer Vandorn, you were a great help to me. You did my background. Thanks for answering all my questions and concerns. I'm also enjoying the ride now!

Anonymous said...

Officer McCoy ... I heard Officer VanDorn originally had you in his story. What happened??

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

Officer VanDorn just wants me to be his friend and was hoping he could use my name in the story. It's not about me, it's about Officer VanDorn. At least that is what he tells me...
LOL

He's a good kid though....

Senior Officer A. J. VanDorn said...

Okay readers, let me tell you the truth. I'm Mike's only friend - except for the lifesize cardboard figures he has in his home and office he talks to everyday. :)

I originally put him in the story so people would know he had a friend. So I guess I should thank him for thinking about me and taking himself out. Thanks ... you're a good kid, Mike!

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

I thought you were a cardboard figure until you opened your mouth. Then once you started talking it confirmed you were a cardboard figure. LOL :)

You're a better kid!