Why don’t we have more law enforcement personnel following a career path that takes them into politics? With their experience, couldn’t they bridge major gaps that impact the people? Take Congress for instance; some of their biggest issues are law enforcement related. Also, so many border security related topics are at the epicenter of government today. Politics has a plethora of former military in their ranks that shed light on military subjects but I am unaware of many politicians who were previous law enforcement that have real world experience to bring to the table. It’s up to us to change that.
I got the nickname “Uncle Louie” because I always tried to treat people like family. To take care of them like family. After all, many of us were part of a family, right?
As police personnel, as law enforcement officers, when you have reached the precipitous peak of your service, where do you go from there? When you have a burning desire to impact more, influence more, and help more, how do you accomplish those things? Do you fall back, head into the sunset, and hang up your desire to serve? What if you want to continue serving? What if you want to make an even bigger impact? I can’t speak for everybody, but for me, I want to push forward! It’s important for me to continue to influence policy, create ways to protect the public and ensure those who do the protecting are also kept safe.
About 20 years ago, I was a cocky young kid from New York attending a law enforcement academy. I signed up for an adventure that became a career. It was full of rewarding experiences and tremendous memories, relationships, and friends. In retrospect, I never imagined that I would be on that journey for so long; September 11th changed that though and I realized I was on a path I was supposed to be on. I understood that I had a great responsibility. My country needed me and I would be there to protect it. And that’s exactly what I did. I was promoted eight times and in 2019, as a Director, I decided it was time to put the pedal to the metal and embark on my next adventure!
Now, as I focus on my entrepreneurial endeavors and explore my candidacy for elected office, I will put my experience to work for yet another cause; I will reaffirm my oath and in doing so, I will represent the public and the law enforcement who protect them. We must engage, have discussions and ensure that there is an understanding of what we do and how best to do it with everybody’s best interests in mind. So I ask you this, would you vote a former law enforcement officer into office if given the opportunity? If you are a law enforcement officer looking for your next chapter and want to pursue politics, where can you make the biggest impact? We need to start the discussion now.