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The Importance Of Having A Good Name And A Clean Record .

Updated on September 24, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

As a former deputy sheriff , and security officer, juvenile officer, nuclear security, refinery security, mall security, private security officer , and as a guard Lieutenant with a commendations I know how important it is to have a clean record. Everywhere I ever worked , my background was examined by companies, or corporations , and even by the FBI for many job positions. I have taken many polygraph examinations, and have passed them all. I have guarded citizens , and millions of dollars worth of valuable property. My record is immaculate , and I am proud of it, and I have always done my best to explain to everyone who has ever seek ed a good job, how important it is to have, and to maintain a clean record.

Have you ever read the signs in department store restrooms that have this written on them , " Shoplifting is a serious crime that can cost you thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, and can leave you with a criminal record that can haunt you for the rest of your life."

Well as a former deputy sheriff I can tell you the honest truth. Those signs are factual, and the words in them are true.

I once worked at a major super center. Department stores have really good security everywhere. Stealing is a foolish mistake . Professionals study thieves , and everything about them. It is the job of professional surveillance officials to catch thieves.

Security analysts study behavior, and everything about the way people walk, and move. Even if you do not plan to steal and item, security is watching every move you make from rooms equipped from televised monitors . They are experts at studying the public . Police officers, or police captains could be watching you from behind those black glass tinted round oval fixtures from high up in the ceilings of department stores. Even small stores have video cameras. You never know how much security there is in any store, and every thing on shelves usually has something attached to it somewhere that could set off ,and alarm if you try to leave a store without paying for the item. Cashiers are also as sharp as police officers as they examine closely everything you buy.

Some people who think they can beat the system eventually get caught stealing anyway, and lose their jobs, pay fines, and go to jail. I have seen it happen too many times. Security agents are mechanical . They are not going to grant you mercy, and they will not hesitate about calling the police if you steal. The handcuffs are locked on your wrists when you are guided to a police car. Police officers will walk you into a police station where you will be questioned after you're right to and attorney , and you're rights have been read to you. You have to be real foolish to even think about stealing from a department store, or about stealing in general . Stealing is playing the odds. Sooner , or later you will be captured , and go to jail.

Once you have a criminal record you can forget about ever being trusted again. A record involving theft stays with you like glue. The same goes for other crimes too. Be careful who you ride with in a car. Be careful of the company you keep because if someone else commits a crime, and you're just riding along, then you're and accessory.

Who are you going to hire if you are the employer ? Or you going to hire someone with a criminal record, or someone with a clean record ? Even if you are a nice guy, you are still going to think about you're company, and you're other employees.

One day I saw a young man running for his life. Five security men, police, and everyone on planet earth were after him. I caught him! I happened to be outside working in a parking lot when I saw a man running for his life with everyone in the world right behind him.

I had the urge to help in the chase. I caught the thief . The thief was underneath me, and five security men plus officers were on top of me . It was like a football game , and I had the football, and everyone was trying to get the football which happened to be the thief.

My body, arms, and legs were sore for weeks. Some of my ribs were bruised. Every time I took a breath of air I was in pain. I think the man tried to steal some BB's for a BB gun. I ran after another man, and caught him. It was a three hundred yard run. I leaped on top of the man in a ditch just before he tried to run across a four lane highway. Five police units closed in, and ten patrolmen helped me with the suspect . I got another commendation, and a big twenty five cent pay raise. I wrestled, and had to fight a felon that tried to steal a VCR years ago. Right in the security office he tried to run for the door. I leaped on him just like Spider man , and brought him down to the floor where we tussled, and wrestled until police came to assist .

Police work was a habit I could not break. One man escaped from the city police , and I caught him. Police everywhere helped me with that situation.

I fought a man that was armed with a knife at a festival. I took him down, hand cuffed him, and read him his legal rights, and we brought him to jail.

I drew my magnum revolver on six armed dope dealers that had shotguns, and pistols. My partner, a state trooper, a narcotics agent, and a city police officer made the arrests at three o'clock in the morning in a motel room.

Jails are dangerous places. When men fight in jail they do not fool around.They will kill you if you make them mad enough. Even a small crime can cause some people to end up in jail, and that is how they can get beat up very bad.

Teenagers that commit crimes, or young adults that steal , I did my best to talk to them. The system is rough on people that try to find work , because once a person acquires a criminal record ot is hard to get a job. You have to realize that law abiding citizens do not want thieves working for them. They do not want trouble makers. They do not want to lose money. They do not want law suits. Supervisors have responsibilities to hire the very best employees they can get in order to get work done efficiently. They do not have time, or care to take risks.

If you are a supervisor would you hire a former criminal ? I think you would really have second thoughts because you value you're own personal job that you worked hard to acquire. Would you want to risk you're job to give a former criminal a job ? Think about it. You would be thinking about you're family because you're family's needs come first.

If your a business person would you hire a shoplifter to work in a jewelry store ? Would you hire a thief out of the goodness of you're heart to handle the cash, or the diamonds.

It is very important to protect your good name. Never fool with illegal drugs. Why ? because every good company that hires people often requires drug testing. If you ever use illegal drugs you may as well forget about looking for a good job that will demand a drug screening test. I do not know how long illegal drugs stay in your system. Drugs might stay in your body for six to eight months, or maybe even a year. Polygraph examinations tell all. There is no such thing as beating a polygraph machine. I don't care what anyone says. If you're a liar, a polygraph machine will get you.

Folks may find this hard to believe, but as a police officer I could not tell you the difference between Marijuana , or tobacco. I think Marijuana just smells bad.

One day I suspected that a motorist had illegal drugs in his car because of his messy smelly car. We stopped him for a traffic violation, but we had probable cause to search his vehicle.

He was a young man, and I found a bag of tobacco hidden on him in a very unusual place. I asked my partner if it was grass, or pot as they call it. My partner said it looks like it probably is. I asked the man where was he going. He said he was going to work. I said, " You are a very foolish man. I could bring you to jail very easily, and you could remain there for a long time for you're crime. "

He admitted his mistake . "How are you going to bring you going to buy bread, and milk for you're children if I lock your miserable stupid behind up , and throw away the key, and if they fire you ? "

He did not have and answer. I broke the rules, and put myself on the line. I threw his tobacco clean across the highway, and it flew away in the wind, and the wind scattered it in the air.

I said, " Don't let me ever catch you on this interstate highway with grass ever again , or so help me God I will throw you in jail ! Go to work, and you take care of your family , or so help me God I will be your nightmare if I ever see you again."

My partner said, " Lee you can not do that ! " I said, " The hell I can , and I did. You want my badge take it partner, and bring me home so I can drink my coffee. or lets get some real police work done to catch some real criminals ."

My partner was O.K. We worked together for about a year. He was and airplane pilot, and had a third degree black instructors belt in Karate. He was also the best detective on the force, and solved at least one hundred murder cases, and a total of three hundred other cases. I had another partner that was a carbine rifle expert. He was a competition shooter for the task forces. He was the second best Self defense expert in the USA. He wrestled alligators for pleasure. He never wore a gun. He never needed one. His hands were considered legal weapons.

I worked with almost a hundred different uniformed police officers, all of which were clean officers with perfect records. I assisted narcotics agents, troopers, city police, and even guarded a senator once, and a young girl that was paralyzed by a bullet. Her boyfriend was murdered. I guarded the girl for free while she was laid up in a hospital with a bullet in her back. I guarded her life until the suspect was captured. I was trained by the best people. I was trained by the very best instructors in all my work.

It is very important to preserve, and protect your good name if your going to take care of a family, raise children, or have a good home. Always remember that your family comes first, and that in order to have a decent job you have to maintain a clean record.

There is no escape from the effects of dangerous drugs. If you ever use illegal drugs, what would you say in a polygraph test ? If you say you never tried them, and if you did, then your lying, and you will fail the test. Listen to your parents , and absolutely do not mess your life up. Stay away from people who constantly get in trouble, and stay away from stupid people too, otherwise they will get into trouble, and drag you down with them.

Also do not believe everything that is said by others. Some people are professional liars. I make it a habit to be careful who I trust. I was a police officer. It was my job to ask questions , and to discover lies.

I liked law enforcement, but it was not good, or safe work. It can be violent work, and you can see a lot of results from violence that are not pleasant. I am glad I saved lives, but I have seen people die, and that breaks you're heart because seeing people get killed really can be something you will never forget.

I was only a little boy the first time I saw a man die right before my eyes. I was twelve years old. I was watching a man cut limbs with a chain saw. He was and electric company worker just trying to make a living. His chain saw blade accidentally touched the power line that had a billion volts of electric in it. It was horrible !

That killed him instantly, and the poor man was hanging in the tree from his safety line. Our school football coach tried to get his heart working again, but CPR did not work for the victim.

That whole day I thought about that man's wife, and children. I bet he had a family, and I bet when they heard the news of his death, his family was devastated.

When I was a police officer I only cared about one thing the most, and that was saving lives because of the obvious reasons of devastated family members. I do not care who you are, or what you did. Everyone has moms , or dads, or family. So even the bad guys are even human sometimes.

God Bless Everyone


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    • stars439 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Phoenix : Thank You Dear Heart, And God Bless You.

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      6 years ago from On the edge

      Good hub Le and very interesting.

    • stars439 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Gloshei : Thank you so much for writing dear heart. You are so right dear heart. God Bless You.

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      6 years ago from France

      Great hub stars and a real eye opener. It's not easy keeping a clean record, but to set an example it is a must.

      Take care

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      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear prastio : Thank you very much dear friend for visiting, and glad you liked it. God Bless You, and your wonderful family.

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and I learn new things from the story above. Thanks for share with us. Well done and rated up!


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      6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Mr.s Deborah Brooks : Thank you dear heart for writing, and God Bless You. I always look forward to your visits dear heart.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      This is an awesome hub...


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