Police officer says to keep learning
Occupation: Corporal, Amarillo Police Department.
Where did you receive your education?
Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan.
How has your education played a role in your life today?
My education has affected my life more than I ever dreamed it would. When I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to become a police officer. I figured it would be fun and exciting, but never realized the importance of proper grammar and error-free reporting. After all, the police report an officer files may lead to a criminal trial, and ultimately affect his or her reputation by sounding competent or not.
What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest educational challenge was a lack of money. I had to work my way through college, to pay for tuition, books and other needs. It gave me a deeper appreciation for the education I received.
What is the value of your education?
I value my education and the advantages it has awarded me today, but I don't think I valued it enough when I was younger. I wish I had continued my education after I started my career in law enforcement.
What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Continue it. An education is an investment in your future that nobody can take from you. Earning a degree is an accomplishment that earns people's respect and opens doors in the workplace.
When did you make education a priority?
At the Police Academy. As I came to understand the importance education would have on my effectiveness as a police officer, I knew I would have to work and study hard. A career in law enforcement is ever-changing and leaves plenty of room for educational growth and improvement. We are never finished learning in our personal or professional lives.