In police, as in any other job, the first day is always a special day. Because you have been training hard for it and dreaming of becoming a kind of a superman. You probably won’t be chasing Pablo Escobar during your first day, but you are wearing a uniform and are supposed to protect all people around you. You can’t help feeling up. I remember this day with affection and I feel grateful to my first companion whom with I had to work that day. Actually I attended just a couple of incidents.
I remember I was eager to stay out at all hours, patrolling on the streets, even doing this by foot and in poor weather conditions. And, of course, I was anxious to attend emergency radio calls, pursuing to live my dream of being able to intervene into some police actions. To my disappointment it did not happen, nevertheless in my first day I could at least “show off” my brand new uniform with all smart gadgets, so I was really delighted before and after doing my shift.
All in all, I experienced so positive emotions in my first day, with my head deep in the clouds. Step-by-step I was descending down to to this transient world, to the day-to-day reality. Gradually my job became normalized to everyday life and soon I was taking my duties not in a romantic, but in a professional way, perceiving them in more realistic perspective.
What Seemed to Me the Most Remarkable?
The feeling that people treat you as a policeman, they ask you questions, they look at you seeking for support, as if you were a reference, the children were approaching you and their parents did not say anything if you play with them or touch them. If you were a civilian and they would probably beat you… hahaha. Well, is a very strange sensation as you see that you have wanted this for all you life, you have fought for this for quite a long time and, finally, you have it.
What was the most impressive?
I think all these radio conversations where everyone is treating each other with utmost respect and courtesy, even when speaking to the best friend. All these internal communication codes impressed me a lot.
What Was the Funniest Moment of My First Duty?
Probably those youngsters who threw some firecrackers and burned a woman’s back side, so we had to take her to the hospital and to make an emergency report keeping a serious face.