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NEW EPISODE: Home Inspection Failures

The Mortgage Beat is live with an all-new episode featuring John Aretos, CEO, Police Mortgage, created For First Responders Who Are Second to None!
To hear the episode, please visit: policemortgage.com/mortgage-beat-episodes/.

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Congratulations and thank you both, K9 Loki Officer Schmidt-Quist! Stay safe!The Racine Police Department would like to officially welcome K9 Loki and his handler Officer Justin Schmidt-Quist. Officer Schmidt-Quist has served with the Racine Police Department for almost 13 years. Loki is a two and a half year old Belgian Malinois. We would also like to thank S.O.L.E for their donation to purchase Loki. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations!! All the best to you both, Officer Glaum! Stay safe!

Congratulations!! All the best to you both, Officer Glaum! Stay safe!The KPD would like to welcome the newest member to the Canine Unit. After two full days of extensive testing, this 14-month-old male Belgian Malinois was selected to join the team. Officer Glaum and this pup will begin their 10-week training at the end of March. Thanks to a sizable donation from a benefit held by the Starlite Club, their team has naming rights to this very handsome boy. If you are interested in donating to the canine unit, naming our next canine, or learning more about the canine unit please contact Lt. Jurgens. We look forward to watching this team develop and progress. ... See MoreSee Less

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#HeroRepresentatives from KidsMatter and the Collaborative Youth Team stopped by the PD earlier this week to present a Kindness Award to one of our officers! Officer Maulding was nominated by a coworker for his extraordinary acts of kindness towards an elderly resident who was struggling after her closest family moved out of state. We are so proud of the extra mile he's gone for this resident and are very grateful that his kindness has been recognized. #kindnesscounts2us
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Thank you for 23+ years of service!
#HeroMaster Patrol Officer Stanbery retired from the Stillwater Police Department on January 31, 2024. He served the citizens of Stillwater for 23+ years. He worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, Detective with our Special Projects Unit, Special Operations Teams, Honor Guard, and an investigator with the Drug Task Force. Thank you Master Patrol Officer Stanbery!

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Division President Jim Bedinger and Vice President Jorge Mendoza are honored to be attending the National FOP’s Leadership Matters, which is being held in Nashville, TN, from February 22 - 24, 2024.

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Great picture!! Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe!PPPD is beaming with pride today for long time, former PPPD Cadet & new Orland Park Police Officer Jacquelyn Skender, who was sworn in alongside her mother.

Jackie we are so very very proud of you!!! PPPD's Cadet program is comprised of young people who learn about police-community partnership and provide auxiliary resources in support of policing activities. We often learn more from them, then they from us. It is truly inspiring to support and watch the future leaders of public service excel.
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NEW EPISODE: Home Inspections

The Mortgage Beat is live with an all-new episode featuring John Aretos, CEO, Police Mortgage, created For First Responders Who Are Second to None! 

To hear the episode, please visit: https://policemortgage.com/mortgage-beat-episodes/.

#PoliceMortgage #Mortgage #FirstResponders #LawEnforcement #EverybodyGoesHomeLetsGetHomeTogether

NEW EPISODE: Home Inspections

The Mortgage Beat is live with an all-new episode featuring John Aretos, CEO, Police Mortgage, created For First Responders Who Are Second to None!

To hear the episode, please visit: policemortgage.com/mortgage-beat-episodes/.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Law Enforcement community.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Law Enforcement community.The Boston Police Department extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Paul Elmstrand, and Officer Matthew Ruge of the Burnsville Police Department in Minnesota and Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth of the Burnsville Fire Department in Minnesota, who were killed in the line of duty on Sunday, February 18, 2024, as well as another officer who was wounded during this incident and has a long recovery ahead. ... See MoreSee Less

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Remember when you were kid and you were asked that question?  I do.  Today, it is just as exciting to hear someone ask one of my kids that same question.  There is just something about that question that lays the whole world at your feet and makes anything sound possible.

The problem seems to be that it is thought of solely as a childhood consideration.  Sure, the concept comes up again as you get a little older, but the context is not quite the same.  You may ask a recent graduate what the next step will be or a person who is entering the job market what their focus will be, but those questions never quite invoke the limitless possibilities than does the question of, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I wonder why.  Is it the time element of the question?  When you are older, the “grow up” portion of the question tends to drop off so that may be it.  It may also be that when you ponder the question as a child, you think of it in its’ truest sense without putting any limitations on your thought process.  My last guess is that the word “be” is heard literally as an adult and translated as the word “do” when you are a child.  As an adult, you know that what you do is not necessarily what you are.

Either way, I think the question has a place in your head regardless of your age or the quantity and type of limitations you may perceive.

If you are reading this and you are fortunate enough to be doing what you wanted to do when you grew up, congratulations!  I congratulate you further if you are also the person that you wanted to become!

Please take a moment and give some thought as to how you would describe the path that you took and then go share it with people who will benefit from that knowledge.  You can be a first-hand witness to the fact that you actually went out and made it happen, it did not just happen to you.

If you are one of those people who are not doing what they want to do and are not the person you would like to be, please consider the possibility that you have the power to change what you do and the ability to become who you would like to be.

From a personal standpoint, I can tell you that I am doing what I wanted to do from a pretty young age.  My exact answer may have changed slightly from when I was really little, but I knew early on that I wanted to be in the financial business.  I also figured out that I wanted to be part of a team, that I enjoyed working with numbers, and that I appreciate the opportunity to express myself through work whether it be through presentations, writing, or generally interacting with others.  I love to strategize and we have already clearly established that I enjoy making decisions.

I am going into some detail here because I want to make the point that these aspects are present in many more jobs and vocations than just the one I currently have, which speaks to perhaps a greater availability of chances and a better opportunity to find the right fit than what would have been the case had I focused too narrowly on a specific industry or job title.

If you feel as though you are struggling to figure out what you want to do, make a list of things that you enjoy doing without trying to categorize them or label them.  Make that list as inclusive as you can and then study it to see if any common threads develop that will help you to more clearly identify a role that may better suit you.

It might also be helpful to set your worries or concerns on the side for a minute.  It is nearly impossible to derive the full benefit from your thought process if your mind is cluttered with your worries about money, or status, or time.  It is also very easy to kill creativity with your real world problems.  The value of the exercise is found in allowing yourself to dream a little bit, to consider the possibilities in a way that brings you back to the clarity of your thought when you were a child and not yet influenced by the complexities of life.

You may consider having a conversation or a series of them with someone who you admire.  Just about everyone has an interesting story to tell and you will almost always learn something when you ask them to tell it.  Often times, you can apply some of what you learn to your own life and decision making going forward.

The goal is not to figure it all out right away.  The goal is simply to put yourself in a position to better understand where you are and how you might get to where you really want to be.  If you can do that, then you are on your way.  You are becoming more open to the possibilities that lie ahead and determining how you might best capitalize on those opportunities.

Being who you want to be is a little tougher than doing what you want to do.  While I am absolutely doing what I enjoy doing and want to be doing, being who I want to be is a continued work in progress.  I always feel that there is room for improvement and I try to make it a point to learn from my past experiences to continue my development as a person.

In the meantime, I derive comfort from the fact that I am enjoying the journey and following my own path.  Whether you are focused on the “do” or the “be” and no matter what age you are, if you are trying to figure it all out, you’re on the right path.

Scott Arney
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union

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