Police Enforcement And Firefighting Enforcement Essay

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All my life I have been fascinated with police work and firefighting. As a result, I have spent a vast amount of time volunteering at local fire departments working closely with local law enforcement personnel in emergency situations. Although I have wavered for years about whether to pursue a career in law enforcement or firefighting, I have always known that one way or the other I am going to be involved in emergency services. While local police enforcement is interesting, I have always wondered what it would be like to be a State Police Trooper. With that in mind, I secured an interview with Delaware State Police Trooper, Master Corporal (CPL/3) Douglas Brietzke. Corporal Brietzke has been in law enforcement ever since he graduated from college in 1995. Before entering the Delaware State Police, he worked with the Chatham Police Department in Massachusetts, the United States Border Patrol, and the Department of Veteran Affairs Police Department. Corporal Brietzke started with the Delaware State Police in July of 2002.
According to Corporal Brietzke, the Delaware State Police follows a militaristic ranking structure. Trooper is the first rank an officer receives before moving upward to Trooper First Class, Corporal, Corporal Grade One, Senior Corporal, Master Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, and finally the top rank of Colonel. Under this type of structure, Troopers can work in at least thirty-eight different units including

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