Carl Peterson

Why Hug a Cop

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Why Hug a Cop
Carl Peterson

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About Author

I was raised in a small town in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. I was raised to be honest and respect my parents and other adults. I never encountered police in my adolescent years, as I never got into trouble, and there was no police officer in our town.

After I graduated, I left home and wandered from town to town and job to job. I worked at many different jobs and moved to Vancouver, B.C. When in Vancouver, I still could not find the job I wanted to do.

There was an old Provincial Prison in a neighboring city, Burnaby, and in this city, there was this prison called “Oakalla.” I applied and was accepted and started work there. After working at Oakalla for several months I was promoted to a great job as a booking officer. I guess the higher-ups saw some potential in me.

After a year, I saw a posting that the Province of British Columbia was expanding the Sheriff’s Office, so I applied, was accepted, and was in class three at the training academy. While going through the training, I thought I would like to be an instructor. Five years later, I was an instructor and promoted from Corporal to Sergeant. I was at the Justice Institute of British Columbia for two and a half years. I trained, along with others, approximately ten classes of new recruits and refresher classes for Deputies in service.

My training courses were self-defense, handguns, handgun retention, civil law, and lifestyle fitness. When I finished my term at the Justice Institute, I went back to my unit, and after a couple of years, I was promoted to a full Sheriff and transferred to a Northern Posting, and after four years, I was transferred to our Burnaby Office.

I retired after thirty years and have been wanting to write this book for many years.

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About the book

Carl Peterson is a retired Inspector of the British Columbia Sheriffs and is a passionate advocate for law enforcement and has spent years researching and documenting the experiences of police officers. With “Why You Should Give A Cop A Hug Today,” he hopes to encourage a deeper understanding of the difficulties faced by law enforcement professionals giving an optimistic approach and inspire support for those who protect and serve our communities.

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I have written this book because of all the negative press law enforcement has been enduring for too many years. This book will put a positive spin on all the dedicated, positive, hard working men and women’s professional endeavours who are willing to put their lives on the line for their neighbours and strangers.

I have had and excellent response from many Police Departments. Here are some of the participants: Bethel Police, Alaska; Bad Axe Police, Michigan; Catoosa Police, Oklahoma; Crew Police, Virginia; Erik Police, Oklahoma; Fitchburg State University Police, Massachusetts; British Columbia Sheriffs; Jefferson County Sheriffs, Golden Colorado; Maryland State Police.

A police officer told me: “My favorite part of being a police officer is helping people. I also find it rewarding when I help to bring criminals to book. There’s also nothing quite as fulfilling to me, as knowing that my community members feel safe whenever I’m in the neighborhood. I think that feeling also drives me to put in my best efforts as a law enforcement officer.”


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    Carl Peterson emerges as a seasoned law enforcement expert in a world frequently concealed in mistrust and misunderstanding. He brings forth a fixing narrative that uncovers the unspoken aspects of his long 40-year profession. His years of expertise, which began with a business administration degree from Simon Fraser University, have laid the foundation for a path marked by commitment and enthusiasm for fair treatment.

    From his early days to his current role (retired) as the Head Sheriff of the Supreme Court, Peterson’s career has been characterized by an unalterable dedication to creating strong relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. His vast 40-year career in law enforcement is a portrait of grit, tenacity, and an unwavering desire to make a difference.

    Carl Peterson wants to change the popular perception of law enforcement. He has strong confidence in the inherent kindness present in every officer. He is aware of the importance of highlighting the positive parts of this crucial profession to encourage people to regard the police as persons genuinely interested in the welfare of their communities rather than just as law enforcers.