#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – I Wear the Badge to Make a Positive Impact

This post is part of our on-going #WhyIWearTheBadge blog series.

BerginGuest blogger: Major Edward Bergin, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Police Department and IACP Visiting Fellow

Why did you choose to join the law enforcement profession?

I trace my interest in policing back to childhood. My father and uncle were members of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. and this had a big influence guiding my interest. As children, my parents raised us with certain values that also drew me to the profession. These included integrity, the principle of fundamental fairness and equality, right vs. wrong, a sense of justice, and helping those who were less fortunate than ourselves.

These values, along with the desire to give back to the community set forward my path to become a police officer. Thirty-two years later, I know my decision to become a member of law enforcement was the right decision.

What motivates you each day?

It is easy to say you no longer enjoy your job and want to make a change, but I don’t believe there would be anything more rewarding for me than fighting for victims and keeping the community safe. Each day I remember “our purpose” as police officers. We are here to protect those in need and bring resolution to conflict. Knowing we make a positive difference in the lives of others motivates me and enhances my passion for this profession. Today we are in trying times, but I look at this as an opportunity and self-reflection to bring about positive changes.

Focusing on “our purpose” in policing and serving our communities with the passion and dedication we brought to this profession when we first put on the badge helps to motivate. I know this is easier said than done, but we become police officers for the challenges we meet each and every day.

What is it about your job as a law enforcement officer that you enjoy the most?

Coming to work and having a positive impact on others is what I enjoy most about being a police officer. I am now in a leadership role and appreciate the opportunity to mentor others while being an advocate for the profession. Police officers are special people, and I enjoy the camaraderie that exists between officers. This common bond is prevalent with police officers no matter where you go in this country.

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