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Cpl. Melinda Wray

The Blotter
With Corporal Melinda Wray, NPD

Law enforcement has long been among the world’s most demanding and stressful occupations. I needn’t forget dangerous to describe the profession. As a member of the Norfolk Police Department’s Honor Guard, I’ve buried too many officers to name in this blotter.

However, for some people the appeal to a higher calling overshadows the risks that lurk in the law enforcement realm. The chance to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to our communities is a powerful incentive that draws some of the very best our society has to offer.

The Norfolk Police Department is a diverse force with officers from vastly different backgrounds, demographics, ethnicities, and cultures. But we all have one common thread: our desire and unique calling to serve a greater purpose. Whether it’s the camaraderie and teamwork, the challenge of the work, or the community service that becomes second nature, each officer chooses to instill their own purpose in public service. We dedicate our careers, and sometimes our livelihood, to serving our communities.

Public service comes in many shapes and sizes, and not every good deed is grandiose. But, I can say for certainty, most of those smaller and unpublicized acts of kindness and service to the community are what makes the greatest impact. Images of officers playing basketball with neighborhood kids to stories of detectives solving cold cases providing a broken family closure, flood the police department’s email daily.

Laying your life on the line in the name of public service may not be your calling. But for those few men and women who run towards the danger when everyone else is running from it, I thank you. It’s a job not many can do, but it’s a calling for those dedicated to our well being and safety. Do you think this profession, or rather this way of life, appeals to you? Take a chance at a challenging, yet fulfilling, career and contact the Norfolk Police Department’s Recruitment Division at 757-664-6688.

This holiday season, when giftgiving becomes easier, smiles become more common and helping someone in need fills your heart, I ask that you thank a police officer when you see one. A simple wave or smile will make his or her day. They’ve found their purpose in public service, and it’s to ensure our way of life remains secure and safe in our communities.

What’s your purpose in public service? Every little bit helps, and after all, it’s the smallest acts that can make the biggest difference.

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