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Recalling A Relative’s Cop Shop Talk, Passion for the Job and Criminal Justice Class Solidifies an Interest in Law Enforcement

Corporal Ethan Hicks, Supervisor, Day Shift Patrol, Ashland Police Department, Ashland, VA

I have always admired police work since childhood. Having a relative who was a police officer helped give me an inside look into the profession. When I would hear stories about his day or incidents that he had to deal with, it would always perk my attention. One day I decided to participate in the ride-a-long program that his department was offering. I got to see some of the stories he would talk about first hand. Before the shift ended on that first ride-along I knew that this was something that I wanted to do.

While attending college, I took some criminal justice classes, and they reignited a flame that was there from my childhood. The more criminal justice classes I took, the more I became intrigued about the profession. The stories that I remember hearing were not just interesting but were real life accounts of what being a police officer is all about.

Nine years ago I applied with a local agency, took the test, and was offered a position on the force. Since that day, I have enjoyed being a police officer and know without a doubt that I made the right decision to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Learn more about Ashland Police Department at: http://www.ashlandpolice.us/default.aspx

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