Officer Taylor speaks to HCC BLET Cadets
Roanoke Rapids Police Officer John Taylor spoke to Halifax
Community College (HCC) Basic Law Enforcement Training
(BLET) cadets April 5 on campus.
Taylor polled the room asking what ages were
represented, those who are married and/or have children, and
what size departments sponsored different cadets. Then, he
highlighted 2003 Department of Justice statistics for those
same categories. In 2010, according to the statistics, 162
officers were killed. Of those, 73 involved automobile
incidents/traffic enforcement and 61 involved firearms. The
average age of those killed was 41, the average length of
service was 12 years and most were married with two
"I want to illustrate that the officers putting their
lives on the line and are dying every year are officers just
like all of you will become," explained Taylor. In 2011, 55
officers have died to date, which is up 15 percent this year
so far. He also gave statistics regarding officers who wear
"Unfortunately, you are always behind the eight ball.
You can only react to what someone else doesÖYou canít
prepare for every element of every possible situation,"
added Taylor, who then described the day he was shot during
a traffic stop on I-95 last year. "I just thank God that I
was wearing my vest."
He encouraged cadets to take their training seriously
because it could be the difference between life and death.
"Everything you do in the academy, be it from the pushups
you do in the morning to the classroom portion to the
practical exercises, could come back to possibly save your
life. If you donít believe it, wait until you get tested on
it in the real world."
me, because I had great support from the community and my
friends and family and because I came out and Iím going to
be okay, instead of something that has affected me
negatively, itís a second chance at lifeÖI feel like I have
the biggest fan club behind me rooting for me. This
situation has made me feel better about myself and my
future," Taylor said.
Roanoke Rapids Police Officer John Taylor talks to
HCC BLET cadets, April 5.