At Vigilant Solutions, those who protect and serve have a special place in our hearts. We know how tirelessly they work and how they constantly put their lives on the line to ensure communities are safe – a responsibility we know that is not taken lightly. Their hard work, sacrifice and passion is our “why”. It is why our team strives to create innovative technology for law enforcement personnel to not only help them efficiently develop leads and solve crimes faster; it is why we make sure those tools support their missions every single day; it is why we take care to develop the tools that expertly meet their needs and are easy to use.
To deliver on our promise, we are proud to have former members of law enforcement agencies, ranging from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and local police officers such as New York Police Department (NYPD) and Oregon State Police, working on our team to not only help ensure our products fit the needs of agencies, but to also help ensure that what we are creating is helping law enforcement every single day.
We believe our law enforcement, past and current, should be appreciated for more than just a day. So, instead of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, we are turning it into a week! We will be sitting down with members of our team to reflect on their time as members of law enforcement.
Today, we’re sitting down with Sam Rabadi, Retired ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Division and current Director of Business Development at Vigilant Solutions:
Why Did You Choose to Protect and Serve?
I’ve always wanted to be a cop. In fact, I found my old kindergarten report card a few years ago and on the back, I’d written that I wanted to be a police officer! I had been in a law enforcement agency since the beginning of my career. I first started out as a police officer for the Yonkers Police Department, then the Secret Service until I joined the ATF. That line of work was different. Working with the ATF was thrilling and exciting. We were working to pursue the worst of the worst, making sure the ones causing violent crimes are staying off the streets.
What Is Your Favorite Memory During Your Time in Law Enforcement?
My favorite memory would have to be the camaraderie of my team. Every day, I was surrounded by men and women who all shared the same ambition and tenacity as me. And when you’re part of a squad, you are also counting on each other to protect one another. This camaraderie shone through three years ago while I was on a case with the Pennsylvania ATF. There was a shooter, who had murdered a state trooper, at large. We were working together with the PA State Police, the FBI, and a number of agencies for almost 50 days, spending long hours every day. But no one wanted to quit because one of our own had fallen. Their drive and commitment to help one of their own who had fallen gave me so much pride and satisfaction from this career.
Do You Have Any Words of Advice?
Remember why you signed up for this job. The negative feelings some may have towards law enforcement can be demoralizing, but remember why you signed up for this job – your sense of duty. Remember that you signed up because you care. Yes, it’s challenging, but at the same time, there’s nothing more rewarding. This is a line of work where you’ll leave a lasting impact on society.
Tune in tomorrow as we sit down to talk to our Western Regional Manager, Scott Dye and his time as a police officer in Oregon.