by William Young
Editor’s Note: I wish to tank Officer Young for sharing his story.
I hate that I’m at my best when I’m at work. For eight or twelve or sixteen hours a day, I am full of piss and vinegar. I’m upbeat and witty and I laugh and I joke and I do my best to promote an atmosphere of teamwork and positivity.
I am a performer putting on an act for my co-workers and our clientele. Hell, I may be the Celine Deon of the Correctional world.
I conversate and I deescalate. I investigate and I interrogate. I separate and I segregate.
I make small talk about sports and I field complaints. I make split-second decisions with long-lasting ramifications. Continue reading