This is my first Monday as a civilian. I was bound by my duties and responsibilities as a cop for over 25 years and I'm finally blissfully free.
No more getting up at 0345 hours, monitoring the radio, code-one assignments, signing leave slips, executing search warrants, reviewing affidavits, registering for training, qualifying at the range, PDT, AHOD, Summer Crime Iniatives, WALES, NCIC, court appearances, monthly reports, PD 50's, need ASAP, departmental e-mails, conference calls, crime briefings, power point presentations, arrest reports, TACIS, PSS book, criminal background checks, case reviews, follow ups, chasing leads, uncooperative complainants, knowing how many people died in a 24 hour period, knowing how many juveniles were arrested, knowing how many repeat offenders, hot car sheets, disgruntle employees, mismanagement, fake friendships, egos, pride, selfishness, spirits of darkness, lack of resources, lack of concern, roll calls, leave restrictions, details at the last minute, leave cancellations, teletypes, BOLO's, wanted posters, shootings, robberies, assaults, endless theft reports, homicides, sexual assaults, shift changes, midnight watch commander, answering to 10 different bosses, staff meetings, being held over, being essential personnel, working holidays, missing important family events, walking footbeats, chasing suspects, responding to the police clinic, presidential inauguration assignments, employee performance evals, citizen's complaint, disciplinary review, being responsible for eight plus detectives, favoritism, transfers, inspections, sounds of gunshots, priority alert tones, bulletproof vest, asp, handcuffs, sanbrown belt, glock, magazines, bullets or chaos.
And that's just to name a few.....
Thank You Lord -----------> No more!!!
Again, as I stated in my previous post, I will miss many friendly faces and colleagues-some I'll see again and many I will not. But that won't change the impact that they have made in my life and that won't stop me from praying for them and their families.
Your Word is truth --------->Your grace is sufficient for me.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Today is my last day as Detective Sergeant Fuller and as a law enforcement officer. There are too many people to thank and not enough time to speak of all that this job has meant to me. I cannot possibly write or blog about 25 years of serving the Nation's Capitol and protecting the citizens of Washington, D. C.
The only thing that I will say here is that I have met some amazing people, created some lasting friendship, learned countless lessons and received endless blessings as a result of swearing in on November 18, 1990. As I leave today, it is only because My Savior, Jesus Christ was walking with me the entire time. NOTHING I DID IN MY OWN WILL.
His grace, mercy, tenderness, compassion and love was my armor and protection. And in all that I have mentioned, I am most grateful that I never had to take the life of another in the performance of my duties. In closing, I am grateful that I am leaving in good health. Again, all the praise goes to God!
Psalm 23, Proverbs 3:5-6 and Jeremiah 29:11-14 is what sustains me.
I will always pray for the safety of my brothers and sisters in blue and not just here in the city but for law enforcement officers everywhere. If you've never walked a day in our shoes, you simply cannot judge us from a "media report, newspaper clipping, or a video" that was taken in the midst of chaos.
PRAYER in the name of Jesus is the only thing that will keep this world together until The Lord returns...prayer and love.
The First District Detective's will always be inside my heart....those who have since retired, those who will soon retire and those that will be retiring in the years to come.
Good-bye Rich, Tom, Dave, Sabrina, Carol, Paul, Matthew, Ms. Burns, Dave, Mike, Steve, Zach, Tink, Rosslyn, Casey, Bridget, Antoinette, Richard, Se, Steve, Kim, Robbie, Darren, Shayne, David, Charles, Ray, Phillip, Emmie, Carol, Kelly, Karen, Kim Walston, and so, so many others.
10/7 for the remainder!