I guess this is where I would insert my hero sheet; I mean, was I ever even a cop if I don’t like to tell you about all the cool stuff I did on the job? I have always hated that inevitable question, “Tell us a little about yourself and your experience.” I am pretty sure I won’t gain any trust or credibility just by posting this cute (old) picture of myself though so…deep breath….here it is.
I started my law enforcement career as the greenest of rookies in 2001. The city of Richmond, CA took a chance on me and I served for seventeen years before medically retiring as a sergeant. During my years working in that little/ big city by the bay, I worked many different assignments.
I worked patrol for a few years before being assigned to our Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit. Investigating crimes against women, children and the elderly really takes its toll so after three years I went back to patrol as a training officer. I worked collateral assignments as a Crisis Negotiator, Acting Sergeant and CSI.
Our department implemented a brand spanking new Crime Free Housing program and I was tasked with piloting that program. While in that role, I became certified in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and put myself through the POST Master Instructor Program.
I was promoted to sergeant in 2010 and was assigned back to the Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit. This time, instead of a full case load of my own investigations, I had the opportunity to supervise some of the most talented and driven detectives I have ever worked with. We came together and developed a Human Trafficking task force for our county. The task force struggled to get off the ground but all that hard work did not go to waste and I am proud to say those early stutter starts have taken root into something impressive.
I returned to patrol in 2013 and remained a patrol sergeant until I was medically retired in December of 2017.
Once I retired it took me a good while to figure out my new normal. I think I spent the first few months doing nothing but sitting in the sun with a cocktail in my hand, reading a book and getting in the pool when I got too hot. Not a bad way to spend a day, right?
That kind of lounging can only last for so long before someone like me, and I am sure like you as well, feels the need to do something constructive. I had always wanted to become a writer so I proceeded to awkwardly stumble my way through writing and self publishing several novels. They weren’t that good but the writing bug is in my blood and learning something new is never easy. I’m no quitter.
This year I chose to focus entirely on writing and publishing a series of nonfiction, law enforcement related, books to be published throughout 2020. Why not start a podcast too? Yes, I’m an overachiever, or maybe just too eager to keep busy in a productive way.
During my career I experienced some pretty awesome, intensive, maybe a little dangerous, life altering experiences and I want to share these learning experiences with you! I am looking forward to building community, sharing some pretty important messages from professionals in our industry and being a support to you in your career.
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Ruth DuCharme – retired (kinda)