Objective: My objective is to prove myself an asset to the department and provide value addition to further its growth. It would not only act as a platform to augment my career growth but also provide me an opportunity to hone my skills, and to excel as an honest and trustworthy police officer, serving a great and diverse department with complete dedication and hardwork. Myself Duke Komsuwan, and mentioned below is my brief profile which includes my experience, achievements and vision.
I've always wanted to serve my country or my community in some type of a capacity. I think it is a privilege and an honor trying to help other, with this statement as my goal I joined the US Army right after High School, I have served the US Army from 1987-1991 and earned an honorable discharged in July 1991. During this period I’ve started from scratch and learned the basics of administration and discipline, this also helped me identify that my ultimate goal is to join the police forces and to serve the community directly. Despite being a strong person from inside, I am equally sensible towards people and I considered that as an advantage to seek a role in the Police Department. In order to fulfill my dream to serve the people, I went to the Indian River Community College Police Academy where I was a platoon leader for my academy class. This was the time when I got an extensive training on Law Enforcement and other important aspects of Police training. I have worked very hard during that period to ensure that I do not loose out on mastering any single lesson that was taught and I was very proud to have graduated from the police academy in 1993.
Considering my academic profile and army experience I was selected to serve the Seminole Department of Law Enforcement for one year. This was the period when I started having practical experience of the police services and have used the best of this to develop my expertise, in that year I worked at the Hollywood reservation as a patrol officer and then an undercover narcotic officer conducting investigations on different reservations through out the State Of Florida. After having served the of Law Enforcement for about an year, I realized that my passion was to pick up more responsibility and take bigger assignments hence I joined the Lauderhill Police Department back in December 1994, which at that point of time was a new initiative for me.
I've had the opportunity to work for all and current administration when the department opened its door in 1994. I used my then experience to the best of my knowledge and ensured that any given task or role is handled to its best and the results were very positive. I ensured that I always look forward to my seniors and learn from them regularly, for example, the opportunity to work with the first police chief (Mike Scott) and learning about his theory of community policing was an asset to me and I use it through out my 16 years tenure at the department. In order to obtain a specialization and to ensure that I excel I have worked on both Alpha and Bravo Squads as a patrol officer and have honed my skills as a traffic homicide investigator for the past 10 years while I was assigned to the traffic unit. During this period I have ensured that I not only ensure the work as usual but have also taken several initiatives to ensure that the changes take place with time and the improvement is ongoing.
While being in to the role of traffic homicide investigator I have maxed out on all traffic related investigations courses & training, this has helped me to become a subject matter expert. In order to ensure that I am up to the mark with the different set of skills I have also completed a totaled of 240 hours of basic and advanced police motorcycle courses and advance training as a police motorcycle instructor which will help me to multi-skill and if required I can develop training plans and work as an instructor. In order to be a leader and grow the department by helping my juniors, I became the only certified police motorcycle instructor for the Lauderhill Police Department, which added to my previously acquired qualification of being a certified field training officer since 1996 within the department and a state certified instructor in police driving. All the above have been fairly practiced by me and have also got relevant experience against the qualifications that I have and hence I honestly believe that I will be able to do justice with the role of a sergeant
I would now like to share some of the awards that I have received as a token of appreciation towards the work that I had done in both the Army and Police Department.
- Army Service Medal
- Army Achievement medal 2x with an oaklief cluster
- Army Commendation Medal
- Good conduct medal
- Oversea service medal
Apart from the abovementioned honors I would like to draw your attention towards, the 16 years of history and paper trails that I have generated here at this department, and it has all positive things in my personal file.
The above mentioned is an account of my total work and academic experience, however there are certain other traits that will help me to handle the responsibility of a sergeant. I maintain a perfect work-life balance by ensuring that I prioritize my work pretty well. I have a creative bent of mind which helps me to think out of the box. Also I have always been an extremely hard worker, always going the extra mile and do a little extra of what is asked of me. In the last few years of my service I have prepared my self for the role of a Sergeant and in order to do that I have done a revision of all that I had learnt in the past and at the same time developed the required expertise, one of the most important requirements from an individual in this role is to have patience and to take correct decisions quickly I might not be the best judge of myself but I believe that these traits will be displayed by me always and that I will ensure that my junior officers always feel free to consult me and ask me if they need help. Similarly I agree that as a Sergeant there are lot of instances where an individual has to take tough decisions within short span of time and I would like to give this assurance that based on the experience that I’ve had in the past, I will be able to co-relate the same with my past experience of that situation and hence will empower me to take the right decision within time.
Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude towards all my senior officers who have helped me to enhance my skills, I have worked for them all and have taken something from each of them to make me a better police officer and to learn to serve my community, without the guidance of my senior folks and the support of my peers, I would not have been able to present myself as an eligible contender for the post of a sergeant. Lastly I would say that I Love my career as a police officer working for such a diverse department and serving such a diverse community, if given a chance I would give the best I can.