A 20+ year NYPD veteran and 14-year Detective is this week’s #YOUAREGOVX member. He’s also a big GovX fan, with a number of orders under his belt. (He’s especially fond of our T-shirts). Here, he shines a much-needed light on the value of what it means to be an officer of the law.
Like many kids, I always wanted to be a cop. I always viewed it as a respectable career where I could have the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. I’ve now served with NYPD for 22 and a half years, and I’ve spent the last 14 as a Detective. Over the last decade I’ve been assigned to a Firearms Suppression Unit.
There are so many people out there who still respect the job we do, and it’s a shame that they just don’t get as much press as the more vocal minority, who will always hate us because of what we stand for and nothing else.
Being a part of the NYPD has given me front-row seats to events and spectacles that people plan their whole lives just to attend. I’ve watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve right in Times Square. The Macy’s Parade up close, the New York Marathon … you name it, I’ve been there. The value I got is knowing that I was part of a force tasked with keeping those events safe and memorable for everyone. When you’re a cop on the ground at places like that, you’ll get tourists who want to take pictures with you. Things like this that put a smile on my face, and let me focus on the good parts of this job. I’ll always remember the good people in the various neighborhoods I’ve worked. You know, those people who’d crack their front doors open to thank you, or give you a tip of what’s going on around the neighborhood. And I remember all the kids who would wave and say hello.
There have been many funny moments during my career, and one in particular stands out: I was on a bike patrol in the Marcy projects, and a man approached me and my team. He was very angry that the drug dealers had pit bulls in a building’s lobby, because, as he said, “It makes it hard for me to buy crack with those dogs in there!”
And he was being serious too. He actually was.
But of course, it’s not all parades and tourists, funny crackheads, and good people in good neighborhoods. Crime happens. And one of the hard parts about being a cop—and something I’d caution any new recruits about—is bringing the job home with you at the end of the day. This is something that’s particularly hard for NYPD officers, especially those who’ve lived through the events of 9/11, myself included. The events of that day will be forever etched into my mind. Digging through the rubble. Attempting to comfort the family members of the missing. It was all too real. It’s not easy to deal with the tragedies we see and deal with, but keeping your sanity is of the utmost importance.
When you see the bad side of people on a daily basis, it’s important to remember all the good also. There are so many people out there who still respect the job we do, and it’s a shame that they just don’t get as much press as the more vocal minority, who will always hate us because of what we stand for and nothing else.
I love being an NYC cop, and I love my NYPD family. I’m also grateful that there are companies like GovX out there which appreciate all those individuals from law enforcement, military, and first responder communities. This is a profession that I’m proud of, and it’s great to have the support.