- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - When it came time for Jesse Davenport to decide on a career, the decision wasn’t a challenge for him.

One of the newest troopers with the Iowa State Patrol, Davenport said law enforcement runs in his family.

“I grew up with it,” Davenport told the Fort Dodge Messenger (https://bit.ly/1IBA47q). “My dad was a Polk County detective and was also a deputy, and my grandpa was actually a state trooper.”

“It’s kind of just the family business,” he added.

Davenport said he always looked up to his grandfather.

“He was a big, old macho man,” he said. “I knew he always got his job done and that he was always a very good family person, so I always looked up to him.”

Davenport started his training with the Iowa Department of Public Safety in November 2014.

Training included a 21-week academy at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

“It’s pretty much everything from motor vehicle law, traffic accidents, measuring traffic accidents, criminal law,” he said. “Really, anything you can think of that would relate to a police officer.”

Davenport officially became a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol on April 10, 2015.

He was given a choice as to which district he wanted to be a part of, and chose District 7, which includes Webster, Hamilton, Pocahontas, Kossuth, Humboldt, Calhoun and Wright counties.

Once he was hired as a state trooper, Davenport said he began a 70-day training program with another local trooper.

“They pretty much show you the ropes, tell you how to do it and tell you how to handle everything,” Davenport said.

Since joining the state patrol, Davenport said he’s found that he is constantly learning new skills.

“You get out of the academy and know what they taught you,” he said. “But you learn every single day.”

In his eight months on patrol, Davenport said his favorite part of the job is interacting with the public.

“The best part is talking to people that know why you’re out there,” he said.

But the job does come with challenges. Davenport recently had to work on Christmas and spend the day away from his family.

“But I know I had to be out there,” he said. “I have to help the other officers make it safer for everyone.”

Though he admitted that doesn’t make it less difficult being away from family.

Still, he said he’s happy to be with the State Patrol.

He added that he especially enjoys his colleagues in law enforcement, and said they often give him advice.

“It’s about the public and it’s about perception,” he said regarding the best advice he’s been given. “Treat them the way you would want to be treated if you got pulled over. Treat them with dignity and respect. Treat everybody the same.”


Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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