"Jane" - Criminal Investigator (Pennsylvania)
What's a quote that inspires you?
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky
In 5 sentences or less, what do you do in your current job?
I conduct criminal and administrative investigations for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections which encompasses 26 State Correctional Institutions and 1 Boot Camp. The scope of my investigations range from policy and procedure violations (i.e. fraternization) to criminal conduct committed by staff members on state property (i.e. sexual offenses, drug trafficking, contraband, thefts and white collar crimes).
What's a common misconception or myth about what you do?
A common misconception about my profession as an investigator is that my investigations are solely completed to the point of criminal prosecution. Conversely, a large majority of my investigations clear staff from false allegations lodged against them.
What's your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is having the opportunity to network and work with various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, I have the opportunity to interact and work with a wide-range of people within the Department of Corrections who come from various backgrounds.
What's your least favorite part of your job?
The hardest part of my job is dealing with victims of crimes that I am unable to relate to the type of victimization that they have experienced.
What's one thing you would say to someone looking to take the same career path as you?
Dedicate yourself to your profession and network as much as possible; you never know who you might meet that could inspire or assist with your professional growth.
What's your definition of success?
My definition of success is having a career that you enjoy, balancing your personal life and inspiring others to do the same.
Leave us with one parting piece of advice:
Professional and personal life can be challenging at times but never back down, remember to take time for yourself and jump when you experience hurdles.