Making a difference, one call at a time: How one officer turned a mundane call into something so much more

Making a difference, one call at a time: How one officer turned a mundane call into something so much more

As police officers grow more experienced in their duties, they often times normalize, compartmentalize, and make ordinary the extra ordinary. Police officers often see things others couldn’t imagine; a battered spouse, a tragic accident and life lost. A typical day as a police officer is anything but typical.

What matters most to many officers is making the world a better place. It’s why many go into the profession. A life of service and sacrifice is appealing and noble. Unfortunately, many officers quickly realize that their dream of heroism is stalled between fender benders, lost dogs, and slow, rainy nights on the graveyard shift.

Nevertheless, often the opportunity presents itself to make a difference, a real difference, in someone’s life daily. It’s one of the many blessings of serving our community.

Officer Mithsada goes beyond the call of duty

In early October, Officer Mithsada, a Beaverton Police Officer assigned to patrol division, took a call from a mother who wanted parenting advice for her 13-year-old son. Fatigued by the school closures and with her children at home, the mother knew her call for help wasn’t an emergency. She thought to herself, it’s not something she should really be calling the police for, but she had no one else to turn to.

Officer Mithsada spoke to the young man’s mother and learned that he was spending much of his days and nights online playing video games, wasn’t completing his chores, or listening to his mother. This was abnormal for the young man, who was typically a good student and an avid reader.

Officer Mithsada asked the young man why his behavior had changed. The young man told Officer Mithsada that the library was closed and he couldn’t get books to read. Officer Mithsada later took the young man a book, some board games, and a blank comic book so he could begin drawing his own comics.

Later, the young man’s mother spoke with Officer Mithsada and thanked him. She told him her son’s habits had changed and he no longer plays video games on the weekdays and that his attitude had improved.

Officer Mithsada made the ordinary call for service, extra ordinary. Officer Mithsada helped a young man that day. A job of a police officer isn’t always exciting or news worthy; sometimes it’s mundane, but that doesn’t stop officers like Mithsada from changing the world, one call at a time.

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