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what is your favorite and favorite part of being a police officer?

i am 14, and i have autism

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Kim’s Answer

Hi Hope!

I served as a police officer at San Antonio Airport for 25 years. At different times, I had different "favorite parts."

One of the first things I liked was having "bad" days off. It was nice being able to go shopping, or camping, on Tuesday and Wednesday, and not have to deal with crowds.

After about 2 years, I became a Field Training Officer, and was responsible for one-on-one training of fellow officers. I took great pride in seeing my trainees develop into good officers.

I also enjoyed dispatching, as it let me see how all the different city departments at the airport interacted to keep the airport operating smoothly.

Some of the things we did as police officers was about interacting with people. 75% of the time at the airport, I was on foot patrol inside and outside the terminals. Lots of people would talk to us about their everyday problems - jobs, money, family, romance, etc. It felt good to be able to share with them some of my personal life experiences and try to help them solve their problems.

I also enjoyed getting involved in police association activities, working through a city Employee-Management Committee to improve the pay, benefits, and working conditions for officers.

I never went for a supervisory position, but still had many different roles over the course of my career.
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Harold’s Answer

I loved all aspects of police work. I enjoy helping people.
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James’s Answer

The best part of being a police officer is serving others. Sure there are elements of action and excitement, but the greatest satisfaction is being there for those in need. I served on SWAT for thirteen years, and was involved in hostage situations, drug raids, barricaded suspects, etc. In my first year in patrol I was shot at answering a late night burglar alarm. I've worked major cases in Criminal Investigations, but early on I discovered the essence of police work is serving others, and it was made real to me on a slow night during deep night patrol.

I was dispatched to a home because the residents reported someone banging on their house. I met with the elderly gentleman who was very scared. He lived there with his wife and her disabled mother. I told him I would check the area around his home. Walking around the house I discovered a tree limb had broken loose and the wind was causing it to strike the gutter, and that's what was making the banging noise. I contacted the resident and showed him the source of the noise. He was so relieved and said he would get a relative to fix it in the morning. Even though that's all it was I told him that I would make it a point to check on his home regularly, during my shift.

Was this a major code 3 call, foot pursuit or SWAT call out - No, but it allowed a frightened family to rest easy. Serving others defines what it is to be a police officer.
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