Happy Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Week!
All week long, we are sitting down with members of our team who are former of law enforcement to reflect on their time and experiences there. At Vigilant, we believe that in order to make the best products for agencies across the world, we need those who’ve been in their shoes to help us help you.
Today, we’re talking to our West Coast Regional Director, Scott Dye who is a retired police lieutenant in Salem, Oregon:
Why Did You Choose to Protect and Serve?
I’ve always wanted to be a police officer but didn’t know how to go about it. When I got out of the Marines Corps, I met an officer who took me on ride-alongs. I soon fell I love with the thrill and excitement of the job. It felt like it was the path that I needed to take at the time.
What Is Your Favorite Memory During Your Time in Law Enforcement?
You have a lot of good and bad memories, and oftentimes you see more bad than good. There was an arrest I made of a father whose son was in my Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) class. While in prison, the father arranged for me to have lunch with his son to let him know that the reason his dad was there was due to the choices he had made, not because I was a ‘bad person’. The child and I have stayed in touch ever since.
Do You Have Any Words of Advice?
Don’t let the bad stuff get you down. You’re going to see so much, but take the good that you see, the things you’ve done, and remember those.
Tune in tomorrow as we talk with our Vice President of Business Development, Tom Joyce and his time as a Lieutenant and Commander of Detectives at the New York Police Department (NYPD).