Childhood passion led to career in law enforcement for JPD officer

Jonathan Roberts • Updated Apr 3, 2020 at 9:29 PM

Jeff White always wanted to be a police officer.

Today, with eleven years behind the badge, it’s safe to say the Science Hill High School graduate, husband, father of four and grandad of one has accomplished his dream.

Sgt. White briefly

Favorite movie: “The Outsiders”

Favorite place you’ve visited: Bahamas

Favorite music genre: Country but open to all

Favorite local restaurant: Barberitos

Dogs or cats: Dog. “My baby “Dolly”

Note: Answers have been edited for length.

What made you want to be a police officer?

Becoming a police officer was always my childhood dream. Growing up, all of my favorite TV programs were the cop shows — I wanted so bad to become a police officer to help people, drive a police car with the lights and sirens and maybe ride a motorcycle.

What’s your favorite/the most rewarding part of being a cop?

Helping people and interacting with children. When I respond to a situation and I have a distraught person or a child that is in need of comforting, the feeling of knowing in my heart that I have helped that person, not out of a sense of requirement from the job, but out of the love and respect that I have for others — that’s is why I became an officer.

What’s you favorite memory from your time as a police officer so far?

I can’t choose a specific incident, but I love the interaction with the community, seeing the excitement of the children when I arrive and being able to help at someone their most vulnerable time.

How are you handling being a police officer/first responder in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis?

My responsibility hasn’t changed — I am continuing my duties as I always have. We all make concessions with the changing situations, but I still interact with the public and will continue to be here for our community.

How do you balance the importance of public safety with the importance of your personal safety — both in regards to COVID-19 and everyday life as a police officer?

In an everchanging world we stay vigilant and aware of our surroundings. We should never get complacent in our lives, and practicing awareness becomes our way of life which helps whether I’m in uniform or civilian clothing.

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