Find Out What a Police Officer Is Thinking As He Patrols the Streets

Behind the Badge with Sgt. Curtis Robertson

SANDY, UTAH (ABC4 UTAH) His father was a firearms instructor. His older brother is an police officer in West Jordan. It would almost seem Sergeant Curtis Robertson was destined to be a cop. However, it's more than just a family thing - it's also a philosophical thing. Here's this week's Behind the Badge.
 
"What makes this job hard and what makes it great is not what you do everyday - it is what you can do everyday - or what you might have to do everyday."  When it comes to serving and protecting Sergeant Curtis Robertson believes it starts with the proper mindset. "It's the potential of what you can do with this job if you want to do it. If you just go out and make the effort to do it." And for the 15 year law enforcement veteran - that mindset started while mingling with officers as a child. "I got to grow up hanging out with the stereotypical cool cops. And they were good guys - solid guys. And I said that's the kind of person I want to be. Want to be like."  His father was a firearms instructor and because of that - he grew up on police stories from several police officers. "I hear them telling the things they got to do and the cool stuff they got to do and the people they were able to help and it drew me right in." 
 
Sgt Robertson went through the police academy as soon as he was old enough. He signed on with the Sandy Police Department at 20. And became a certified patrol officer at 21. Since joining the force he has also been a detective, training officer, member of the metro gang unit and he helps teach classes as part of Sandy's citizen academy. "People don't understand a lot of the things that go into it - the speed of which attacks on police happen."  "They have concerns about any type of use of force - and we try to educate them to why it is were doing that." 
 
Robertson tells me that he loves being a police officer for the obvious reasons - like busting the bad guys. "I enjoy the challenge of getting someone into custody who needs to go to jail who doesn't want to go" "Working the gang unit you had tangible results - you know - where you have violent people you got to take off the streets." But he also enjoys it for the not so obvious reasons - like being there for Sandy citizens. "Talked to a young lady at a park who was upset about a death of someone who was close to her. She was having a hard time with that so I talked to her for 10 or 15 minutes - and potentially made a difference in her life."  
 
And he says his favorite parts of police - the unknown and the potential to make a difference. "You never know what you are going to face and that makes it great. And you don't know what your actions can eventually lead to." 
 
Sgt. Robertson was the Officer of the Year for the Sandy Police Department in 2014. And he is an award winning competitive shooter. To see more from the citizen academy scenarios that Sgt. Robertson was part of 
And to nominate an officer for future behind the badge story - go to: http://www.good4utah.com/badge

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