I’ve always been curious about how the pieces and parts of something operate. I’m often driven to learn by carefully observing, reading, examining documents, investigating or experimenting. My desire to learn is what I find myself using to improve my hobbies, my personal interests, involvement at church, and work responsibilities.
I freely admit I enjoy learning about things that are of a benefit to me, but I equally enjoy sharing my knowledge with others for their benefit. Sometimes, it’s just plain old good fun to share common interests with friends, community members, law enforcement officers, and students. Throughout my career I have been able to teach others as a direct result of my learning experiences and training. Here are a few examples of the types of teaching that I have participated in.
I started learning about photography in high school and haven’t stopped yet! For instance, I have watched many videos and read many articles that explained how to use a DSLR camera in Manual Mode. In addition to the constant learning about this, I have found that continual practice helps me improve. As a result of encountering many other photographers who were “practicing” how to do the same thing, I put together an easy to follow google document that explains what the settings do and how to use the Manual Mode on their DSLR camera. I’ve shared this with many different people to help them take better advantage of their DSLR cameras.
As a young Deputy, I found crash reconstruction fascinating. I was fortunate to have several mentors that helped me learn. They not only reinforced my numerous course materials, but also shared their hands-on experiences of how to investigate and reconstruct a traffic crash. My mentors invested their knowledge to me, and in turn I have invested mine to others. Having spent many years learning about investigating and reconstructing traffic collisions, I have found others to be very interested in learning how to apply math and physics to reconstruct crashes too. Students from Payette High School, new Idaho police officers and students at the Treasure Valley Community College have all benefited from my knowledge.
General Law Enforcement
I have always enjoyed interacting with our youth and answering their questions about law enforcement. Over the last 20 years, I have had the opportunity to talk with so many students at Payette, Fruitland, New Plymouth, and Ontario High Schools. I have learned that our children have honest questions, but don’t often feel comfortable enough to ask them. Whenever I get a chance to talk with our youth, I make it a priority to create an environment that encourages participation and to let them know that any question is worth asking. These opportunities have helped students to open up and ask questions that they likely would not get answers to in any other way.
I also take advantage of numerous opportunities to talk with civic groups in our community about law enforcement. Our citizens, like our youth, often have questions about topics that they see in the news, law enforcement activities in our community, and the administration of our department. Talking with our community members, in a manner that encourages participation, gives them the chance to learn not only about law enforcement, but about the Payette County Sheriff’s Office as well.
Learning is a life long endeavor. Teaching may only be a brief opportunity. I enjoy focusing on both.
A candidate that believes in partnership with citizens to make our communities safer.