August 17, 2004 > Interview with Ramin
Interview with Ramin
TCV: Are you feeling more confident at this point?
Ramin: I do feel a progression, that's the good news. My confidence is growing. Each day this week I felt more comfortable with what I was going to face on that day. I was more confident that I do know how to handle these situations and I will do what's right. I was confident about that this week and I accepted that it might not be the best way, but I'll keep learning alternate ways to handle any given situation. Confidence is definitely rising, but I'm not going to sit here and act as if I don't realize that I still have a long way to go. It is good to feel a little more good and comfortable.
TCV: As your Sacramento experience recedes in time, how do you feel about it?
Ramin: Here's how I look at it. What I got from Sacramento, what I received there, I still believe it was phenomenal training, it was a fantastic police academy. That's my roots. I'll sit here and swear that that's the best academy in the State of California. I went through it. I can testify that that was good training. What it did was set a foundation for what I'm learning now. I'm bringing my Sacramento training with me every day.
TCV: Do you sense a change in yourself; how you view things?
Ramin: Yes. It's a natural thing, and it's been happening since I got hired and I was sent to the academy. I feel this greater responsibility that I'm carrying with me off duty just as well as I am on duty. I want to represent the city that I work for when I'm at work and when I'm not at work. I avoid any type of situation that I shouldn't be in, so I'm looking for those things. For example, the other day I was in a movie theater, it was just yesterday, I'm watching a movie and there's people talking over it and behind me, there's an argument between the person directly behind me and the person behind him. What am I going to do? I want to be a good witness and at the same time I want to make sure that no one else gets hurt over this nonsense I talked to my buddy, who was watching the film and he had no clue any of it was going on, period.
TCV: Among your circle of friends, the people that you know, is there a distance?
Ramin: With my close circle of friends, I've not noticed any distance. They've known for a long time that this was my career choice. My goal every day is to be perfect, and that's not possible. This career, I've got this desire to be here. I've never had that in any other type of profession. I've thought of so many different careers. Everyone's dream: find a job they love and hopefully get paid good money for. I'm not going to complain about the money I make, it's good money. I wake up dying to just get out there and do it right.