Since a few people have asked me for an intro, and since I intend on remaining an active forum member, here goes nothing.
My name is Ryan, I'm 25, and originally from south Florida (West Palm area), but now reside in upstate New York in the beautiful Adirondacks. Ever since I was a kid I've wanted to be a cop, I mean hell, most kids do, right? Growing up my ideal job was to eventually become a Florida State Trooper because I remember when I was 13 years old someone told me that it was the most dangerous job in Florida, due to their interactions with drug smugglers down I-95. For some reason, this element of danger seemed appealing to me and coupled with my caring desire to help other people, I decided this was what I wanted to do.
However, dreams changed around that time when a pre-existing problem I had called Osgood-Schlauter's disease started to affect my knees very badly. It's a growth problem where, essentially, the knees grow quicker than any other part in your legs, and it caused a lot of pain as a kid. As such, the problem led to a more sedentary lifestyle as a teenager because I couldn't kneel, run, or even stand for long periods without being in pain. As a result, I adapted to technology instead and gained a deeper interest in computers and programming. I managed to snag a job with a West Palm company known as HearUSA when I was 20 as an IT Technician, which is fairly impressive for someone my age with no prior experience or college education. I stayed with them for 3 years and strengthened my IT/telecom skills greatly. Now today I have my own company and still continue working in IT for an international company called Fujitsu.
To this day I'd still love to be a cop, but I greatly enjoy my current career and don't see myself making the switch. Even if I wanted to make the switch to law enforcement I medically couldn't, as I also have a condition known has Barrett's Syndrome which is pre-cancerous and is currently being treated. As a result I avoid strenuous activity and try to keep my stress low. So my current line of work is right up my alley.
I've had my share of encounters with police, some good and some bad, but my general view on police officers has never changed. I still admire and respect all of them and appreciate the work they do every day. I try to befriend cops as often as I can, and because of my strong interest in law enforcement I've always been curious to hear their stories and day-to-day tales of being on the job. Even when I was arrested for a DWI earlier this year, the entire time I was detained I did nothing but ask the cops questions about their jobs. Stupid stuff that only a drunk person would be interested in, like, "Have the lights on your cruiser ever caused a person with epilepsy to have a seizure?" ;) Funny, right?
Anyway, I joined the forum to share some stories, ask some questions, and gain some insight and to also continue to support LEO's nation wide.
Thanks for reading ;)