Infinite Victories: When did you know you wanted to go into law enforcement?
Major Brian Jennings: I knew when I was in high school I wanted to be a police officer. To be honest, I would watch the TV show, Cops, and thought how exciting that job would be! I then went to college and one of my professors was a former Chief of Police for Oklahoma City. He really convinced me further by talking about what a great profession it is. We get to help people on a daily basis and no day is ever the same.
Being a policeman isn’t at all like you see in the media or TV. The job is extremely difficult and stressful but it’s all worth the reward of helping people in need. The hardest part of the job is seeing all the negatives in the world on a daily basis. To counteract that, I try to surround myself with positive people. What I do love the most about the job is that there is something different every day and the opportunity to help and serve the community.
Infinite Victories: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer someone who is interested in a career in law enforcement or is a newbie within the department?
Maj. Jennings: Always remember why you got into this career – it’s about helping and serving the community. I’d also like to see some of the younger officers who have great potential start to move up in rank. I think this can be accomplished by helping them with career development through broadening their work experiences and to think outside the box. I believe the benefit is they can now be the leaders of tomorrow and help shape the Department in the right direction.