I love googling stuff, I’ve found people, services and things I never knew existing by continually searching online. One night about 2 years ago, at work doing yet another midnight and worrying about getting stuck for an additional 8 hours I came across Jonathan Sinclair. My original google search was “regret leaving the police”. I was seriously considering leaving but at 10 years, the halfway point, I had never heard of someone leaving. I didn’t have anyone I could talk to and never even knew a friend of a friend of a friend who left. As soon as I starting reading his post Why I quit being a police officer I instantly had someone to relate to. Everything he wrote about was so exact to my situation and I can remember reading about his journey through policing and his life after and I could literally feel his happiness. At 2am I found him on Facebook, went through all the pictures of his marathons, his amazing relationship with his now wife Melissa and even messaged him. He responded shortly after and even offered to chat if I ever needed. Just an all around good guy.
Jon literally planted the seed that there is life after policing and from that small exchange I knew it was a choice I wouldn’t regret. I just had to figure out a way to make it happen. So I did what I do best, made some unrealistic goals, went into business mode and I cranked up what I was doing in my life outside of work. I worked on it daily, thought about it every minute and soon enough I could actually start to picture it. I thought wayyyyy outside the box and put some crazy deals together to ensure we were going to be financially comfortable for me to leave a 6 figure job with the best medical in the country. I was willing to make some sacrifices because living unhappy everyday, rushing 10 years just so I could finally be happy wasn’t a way to live life. Also with the hours I was pulling I was going to end up needing that good medical. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t leaving to have to ever work another job. I wanted to make sure I could retire and just do things I chose to do.
So I haven’t been out for more than 6 months and the transformation in my life, health, business and family is unreal. Fast forward 2 years from that google search and I’m living the dream life I didn’t even think was possible until I found that one post. I literally wake up and figure out how to help people everyday using my gifts and talents in a way that I could never do as a cop. Policing has changed drastically from when I started in 2007, and most of that change(unfortunately for the worse) happened in the past 4 years. God bless everyone that goes in everyday, sacrifices their life, health and relationships to keep us safe. And there is so much more the job takes out of you that you couldn’t understand unless you’ve done it.
Jonathan just wrote a book, Wearing the Badge. I wish I would have had something like this to read before I started the job, I might have been more prepared for it. He covers so many topics you never even think about when you take the job. If you know anyone thinking of a career in law enforcement I highly recommend you have them read it. And if you’re new on the job it’s a good idea to understand some of these to help you prepare ahead of time.
You can get the book on amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DBH385X
To everyone still out there, stay safe
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