This post is part of our ongoing #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday blog series.
The IACP is fortunate to have several staff members who served their communities and their country as law enforcement officers. While they no longer wear a badge, their dedication and commitment to law enforcement still remains. Today’s post is from Jose Mariscal, IACP Project Manager and former Texas State Trooper.
I joined the law enforcement profession to make a difference in my community by providing a safer environment and helping those that did not have the same opportunities as I did. For me, the idea of being able to make a difference started when I was a kid. At a young age, my parents instilled in me the values of integrity, commitment, and respect. As I got older, I could not see any other profession aside from policing that would allow me to enhance and build on those values.
For over eight years I had the privilege and honor of serving with the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS). TxDPS played a key role in my development not only professionally, but as an individual. As a Trooper, the most enjoyable aspect of the job for me was the men and women I served alongside. Every day I witnessed those same men and women carry out their duties to the best of their ability and strive to uphold the department’s core values of integrity, excellence, accountability, and teamwork.
A big reason I chose to come to IACP is because I knew I would still have the opportunity to interact with men and women similar to those I served with in my department. Since my time at IACP I have been able to assist in providing a key operational component of most law enforcement agencies by facilitating training developed by IACP on two different law enforcement topics. Through the IACP’s Alzheimer’s project I was able to travel across the country and assist in providing law enforcement personnel with training on how to better interact with those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In my current role as part of the IACP’s Leading By Legacy project, I manage a project that is responsible for providing first line supervisors, command staff, and executive law enforcement officers with some of the best leadership training available.
I am proud to have worn the badge and I am proud to be a part of a great organization like the IACP. By Serving the Leaders of Today and Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow, we can continue to prepare the men and women of law enforcement meet some of the challenges of 21st century policing.