NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – When I was a little one, observing new episodes of “COPS” on Saturday night with my grandfather was a custom. Foot chases, flashing lights and sirens, and observing the “bad guys” get caught was the spotlight of every 7 days.
That curiosity never faded. As I grew into my teens, I found out about a boy-scout-model system identified as “Police Explorers,” a nationwide method that will allow young males and females to “explore” a occupation in regulation enforcement. That’s wherever I was very first released to Josh Moyers, the Nassau County deputy who was fatally shot a week in the past during a targeted traffic quit.
Deputy Moyers was ending his time in the program and commencing his occupation in regulation enforcement even though I was starting my knowledge as an explorer. I pictured myself in his sneakers one particular day, leaving the Explorer program, placing on a badge and gun, and having my extremely very own patrol car — what an enjoyable imagined.
As a patrol deputy, Moyers was open to owning explorers ride alongside on his shifts. He went by way of the method and recognized our drive to understand a lot more about police work, and possibly even see one thing cool out on the highway.
On my initial journey-together with Moyers, we stopped a car occupied by a suspected drug supplier who experienced prior operate-ins with the law — I was thrilled to look at this unfold. We pulled him more than, speedily uncovered a sizeable variety of unlawful drugs in the automobile and produced a rapid arrest.
All through this prevent, I don’t forget the driver carrying himself with a sense of vanity. Moyers remained specialist, explained every single stage of the targeted visitors halt, motor vehicle look for, and subsequent arrest to the driver, and in no way once talked down to the person.
Once the arrest was built, anything experienced to take place with the motor vehicle. In my encounter riding with other officers, a tow truck would be named, but this driver stated acquiring a girlfriend near by. Moyers asked the gentleman if it would aid him out to have his girlfriend pick the car up.
“Why would you wanna enable me?” the driver replied with a combine of shock and warning. I suspect he imagined Moyers was up to anything. To the very best of my memory, Moyers stated that he had no explanation to get the vehicle into evidence and did not see why the automobile essential to be impounded if it was not necessary.
Immediately after we took the man into reserving and went again on patrol, Moyers described to me that he required each and every individual he came throughout to see him as a variety cop. He considered police work could be done with professionalism, integrity and kindness.
In that very same dialogue, I questioned him if currently being a police officer was continue to worthy of it, with the transform in local climate toward law enforcement. He told me that mindset is anything, and he couldn’t see himself carrying out nearly anything else. Moyers claimed he went to bed each individual night time energized and completely ready to arrive again the next day and do it once again.
I had distinct takeaways from the officers I used time around as an keen-to-understand “explorer” — JSO Officer Gray taught me that Christians can be police officers and continue to be real to their faith. Officer Lamb taught me that the most effective leaders don’t want rank. FHP Trooper Bowen taught me that a terrific perception of humor will make everything a tiny greater. NCSO Deputy Walton taught me to maintain my head on a swivel, and by no means be complacent.
Deputy Josh Moyers taught me to don kindness like a badge and don it very pleased. Our local community is not as complete as it was a 7 days ago, but we can have Josh’s legacy by staying variety to each and every other currently — and in the times forward.
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