Law Enforcement: Service That's Nine-to-Five...and More

There is something about a man (or a woman) in uniform. There should be something—and more. Besides looking grand and distinguished in it, the wearer should embody what the uniform requires: upholding honor, justice, and respect for humanity, among others.

True, the uniform could bring respect to the wearer at first sight. Maybe even a hint of fear. It could also bring quite a lot of perks as some people or institutions would always give way to people in uniform.

But how does one get to wear the uniform? The Native Cop is a book that lays out basic guidance, information, advice, and suggestions a greenhorn would need in order to pursue a career in law enforcement.

It is more than just a career, it’s practically a lifework, a dedication. The job takes place from nine to five and then some more hours. Plus being on call. Aspirants should prepare for the police academy to field training, basic street survival, relationships in and out of the profession, and the importance of advancing one’s skill sets.

This book is available online and can be purchased at, and

About the Author

Author Ross West served in the military for thirteen years and currently holds the rank of captain. A native of Petersburg, Virginia, he commands the US Army Reserve Unit located in Charleston, West Virginia. He went to school in Petersburg High School and moved on to Virginia State University with a degree in criminal justice and minor in military science.

After serving in the military, he decided to pursue a career in further service for his nation by serving as a law enforcement officer. In his tenure, he has experience in several different areas of law enforcement such as patrol division, police bike patrol unit, special investigations, training division and has done several undercover operations. Having been raised in a single-parent household and having lived through difficulties such as being homeless, he vowed he’d someday help out those who are down on their luck. And he makes true on this promise by giving back to teenage youth and young adults by being a mentor, role model, and guide.

Ross and his son, Tahli, who is six years of age, both currently reside in the Tri-City area in Virginia.

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