My man is thinking about going into Law Enforcement (in particular, he is thinking about becoming a police officer, detective or somewhere along those lines).
After what all we've been through, I think this would be an excellent choice in how he can better help individuals in need and put criminals (in fact, abusive parents behind bars).
A counseling appointment requirement DCS involvement required us to do, we saw a little girl sitting at the table in the waiting area coloring and she touched us greatly.
We don't know how the girl was abused (we talked to a foster Mom, after I asked the question: Are you her Mom?). She was a small distance away talking to a counselor and this little color stopped coloring and walked over to Walter, putting her hand on his chest (keep in mind, we have a 9 month old girl and 2 older nieces, age 5 and 2), this little girl was THREE years old. She put continued putting her hand on his chest and said, "I really like you!"
Walter didn't know how to react and had that look on his face "HELP, somebody!" He didn't want people to think inappropriately and the foster Mom hurried and said "Emma, sit back in your chair." We don't know how she was affected, but we think she was sexually abused.
Now while we are caring parents; there are parents out there, that simply don't care! The foster mother told us that the mother hasn't made contact on the three children (sitting at table coloring); a little girl age 3, and two boys; aged 8 and 5.
We think the little girl is going to be affected more emotionally from it all, but its sad what these children have to go through while our child is or has been removed. Now that she will soon be placed back in our home, it is still sad.
I explained to Walter that he will go through a lot and I said "You may even have to go through little girls being sexually abused. Are you ready for this?" He got silent and just nodded his head.
He told me he was a previous security officer before we met (he has talked about it a lot and his experiences) and how he had to go through 3 months of police academy, away from home and so forth. He told me, he may have to go away to police academy and get training and so forth.
Now this training makes me NERVOUS... I wouldn't like the away thing. I would miss him so much and I think the children would also miss Daddy.
Don't get me wrong; I support his decision 100%, but I will worry about him while he is away.
Do Law Enforcement go away for awhile? If so, can family visit on the base or whatever its called? And, as a spouse or Law Enforcement officer, do you consider it a dangerous career comparing to other careers?