Matt’s Story

image (2)Being a police officer was never really a career that I had given much consideration to. It always looked like an interesting line of work, but I didn’t know that much about it; that was until I got married.

When I met my wife, I remember how proud she was of her dad who was an Omaha police officer for 29 years. She always held him in the highest regard not only as a father, but also as an officer of the law. Her grandfather had also been on the Omaha Police Department, working his way up through the ranks to become what at the time was the position of safety chief, which to my understanding, was a liaison position between the mayor and the chiefs office. On top of that, she had two uncles that had worked for OPD and one who was a deputy for Douglas County.

As you can see, I was quickly inundated with the influences of law enforcement. It didn’t take long before the family’s persuasion had sparked an interest in me for a career with the Omaha Police Department. I was encouraged to participate in the next round of testing for applicants, where I was able to secure a position in the academy. Still a little unsure of what I was getting myself into, I pushed forward with my decision.

I found out that being a police officer can be one of the most rewarding careers there is. I get to help people who are in need of assistance. I have an opportunity to interact with the community in ways that I would have never imagined. I also get to work with some of the most dedicated professionals, who take great pride in performing their duties.

It is my hope that not just some day, but every day, I make my wife and kids as proud of me as my wife has always been of her dad.

I found out that being a police officer can be one of the most rewarding careers there is. I get to help people who are in need of assistance. I have an opportunity to interact with the community in ways that I would have never imagined.

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