Written by: Jenny with Sgt. Tiffany Davis, KCPD
My father was a police officer for 38 years. I have a huge amount of respect for the profession. I watched him risk his own life every single day for the greater good.
To help others.
To keep the community safe.
He kept much of his day-to-day to himself. I was just a kid. I didn't need to know about the true danger he was subjected to day in and day out. Only as an adult has he shared some stories with me. Stories that give me chills head to toe. Stories that make me thank God that he survived.
Yes, I have a huge amount of respect for the profession.
All of the violence lately hurts my heart. The thought that an officer could truly want to harm a person because of race. The thought that a person could harm a police officer on purpose. All of it sickens me. Things have to change. All the way around.
Brooke + I launched the #sheKCkindnessproject this week. We can't save the world. But, we can sure try to spread kindness here in the city we love so much. As part of the #sheKCkindnessproject, we want to highlight and show our support for community helpers in Kansas City.
I want to show the 'human side' of the officers who protect us every day. The firefighters who run toward the danger, not away from it. The doctors and nurses who sacrifice so much to keep us well. We owe a great deal of gratitude toward these men + women.
I'd like you to meet Sgt. Tiffany Davis with the KCPD.
Tiffany, you are a member of the KCPD. What is your rank and how long have you been a part of it?
I am a Sergeant and I've been with the KCPD for 15 years.
Are you from KC?
I'm originally from a small town - Richmond, MO. I graduated from there and when I went to college, my family moved to Kansas City.
What made you want to get into law enforcement? At what age did you realize that this was your calling?
I remember at a young age being very interested in police and the law. After my oldest son was born, I started working loss prevention (catching people stealing!). During that time, I worked closely with Gladstone PD and loved listening to their stories and how fun the job sounded. That's when I decided to apply for KCPD!
Are you married? Do you have children?
I am not married. Divorced. I have two great boys, Kameron who is six and KiAndre who is 19.
How does your family feel about your career? I know firsthand, as the daughter of a police officer, how scared I felt at times knowing the danger my dad faced every day.
My family was and is very supportive, but scared also. My oldest son was only three when I applied for the department, so my mom in particular was very concerned. But, she knew how much I wanted to do this.
How do you balance your career/family life?
It's difficult, especially now that I'm back in patrol as a field supervisor. My days off rotate each week and I work the latest PM shift (4pm - 2am). This has really limited the amount of time I get to spend with my youngest son. So, when I do have him - I don't take that time for granted.
Do you always feel 'on duty'? Are you ever truly able to relax? I ask this because I always felt like my dad was sort of 'on the lookout', no matter what we were doing!
No, I don't always feel like I'm on duty. However, I am always very aware of my surroundings. I don't find that I'm unable to relax, but it's second nature to run scenarios of incidents in my head and what I'd do to protect myself and my family, should an incident occur. I'm not 'tense', just 'aware', if that makes sense.
What is the hardest part about your job?
The hardest thing is seeing every day how little some people care for others, even their families. Seeing the bloodshed literally on the street after someone has been assaulted or killed. It breaks my heart every time. Seeing people at their worst is what we as police officers are confronted with every day... every call.
What is the best thing about your job?
The best is seeing the smile on someone's face after truly helping them with a situation they felt was impossible. That hug or handshake you get after telling a family the person or persons that wronged them is in custody. Seeing the relief on their faces is very satisfying.
Lately, there has been a lot of hatred and violence toward police officers. Talk about that.
Yes, there has been and it's unfortunate that it has come to this. I believe in my heart that no police officer wakes up, puts on their uniform, shines their boots and gear, puts on their badge and gun, kisses their family goodbye, walks out on their porch and says, 'let's see if I can kill someone today!' And the fact that there are people out there that admittedly target us, that set us up to be killed is just beyond my comprehension! We are people who took an oath to do a job. To protect ALL of the citizens of this country. To know there are people choosing to gun us down in our cars... open fire on us as we eat... to kill us... to take our lives... take us away from our families who depend on us is incomprehensible!
Does it ever make you regret your career choice? Do you ever think about doing something else?
I don't regret my career choice at all. Fact is, the people in this country deserve to live in peace and when that peace is disturbed, they should be able to count on law enforcement officers to restore that peace. I can't imagine doing anything else as rewarding as restoring peace and contentment to another person's life.
What do you believe is the 'answer'? Do you have any ideas on how to get things under control? How can we gain unity?
The old adage -- treat others how you want to be treated. I believe Kansas City is under great leadership in Chief Forte, Mayor James and Jean Peters-Baker. They believe in treating each other fairly and as 'people'. They fight for the greater good and instill that into those of us that work for them. Unity comes through open communication and honesty -- and treating others how you want to be treated.
And now, let's just have some fun!
Favorite Royals player: Salvy
Favorite place to eat in KC: Pizza Bella
Favorite song/artist: Rihanna! I love all of her songs.
Favorite place to shop: Express
Favorite show(s): All Law + Order shows; SVU, Criminal Intent and the original!
Favorite thing about Kansas City: Its diversity.