The Richfield City Police Department’s chief was asked to deliver the commencement address at the latest Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training graduation Sept. 26.
“When the POST director calls, you answer,” said Chief Trent Lloyd.
Lloyd offered eight keys for law enforcement officers during his talk.
First, was to understand that the job of a police officer is what you do, not who you are. “Find something to center you, like family,” Lloyd said.
Next, Lloyd told the new officers to aim high.
“If you’re going to be an officer, be a good one,” Lloyd said of the second key.
Third, he told officers to remember who they work for — the citizens and the constitution.
His fourth piece of advice was to remind the graduates that they don’t have all the answers, and never will.
To that end, Lloyd offered the fifth piece of advice — “Find good mentors,” Lloyd said. He said having good mentors could make or break a career in law enforcement.
Sixth, Lloyd said it’s vital to never jeopardize one’s integrity for anything.
The seventh piece of advice was to be kind, even to those who are being arrested.
“Don’t do something now that will embarrass your future self,” Lloyd said. “You never know what that person will be a year or two from now.”
He said someone may be making a bad decision today, but that doesn’t define them as a person.
Finally, Lloyd told the prospective officers to enjoy the moment.
“Don’t blink, before you know it your children will have grown up and your career will have ended,” Lloyd said. “Enjoy where you’re at.”
This session of POST, number 344, included 47 new officers with jobs in 18 different law enforcement agencies, including the Richfield City Police Department, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office.
POST is a 16-week course required for all police officers in the state of Utah.