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Updated: 02/19/2015 06:28:54PM

National Peace Officers Appreciation Week

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Bartow Police Chief Joseph Hall

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Thirty-two years ago I embarked on a career in law enforcement. Since that day, I have worked for four different agencies in a multitude of different capacities. I have even retired once. As a young recruit officer, I never thought I would still be doing the same work 32 years later. It is a passion. For the good ones, it is a calling.

A career in law enforcement is not an easy one. Typically, there are long shifts, odd working hours and an expectation to be at work regardless of your personal situation. It has to be that way … we are expected to keep order and peace in the community.

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