Myra Tweed Hemly, 41, of Indian Trail, NC, began working with CMPD in 1994 right after she graduated college (UNCC). She started as a patrol officer, which means she responded to calls (accidents, B/Es, domestic violence, shootings, etc). Keep reading to learn more about what it takes to be a mom police office!
Q. How did you get started with the CMPD?
A. I got started with CMPD because my best friends father was a police officer and I really looked up to him. I started taking Criminal Justice classes at Central Piedmont and went on a ride along with CMPD. That did it! We had so much fun that night. Thats when I knew I definitely wanted to do something in the field.
Q. Did your position change when you had your son?
A. My position didnt change immediately when I had my son, but shortly thereafter. Shift work is a little inconvenient when you have children to raise! I landed a desk job doing investigations which consists of victim/suspect interviews, phone calls, line ups, taking statements, signing warrants, and taking cases to the district attorney.
Q. What do you do now?
A. My cases consist of, but arent limited to: felony larceny, motor vehicle theft, assaults, fraud, communicating threats, and common law robbery.
Q. What has being a police officer taught you?
A. Being a police officer has taught me to just be careful in everything I am doing. I am always aware of my surroundings. Also, I always thought that people loved the police, but that is not the case in some situations. The job has made me deal with things differently. At certain scenes where I have seen things that really should bother me, they dont anymore..I guess because I have gotten used to seeing so much gore and sadness, that it just rolls off. If I let that kind of stuff bother me, I would not be able to function at all. It really does take a special person to be a police officer as I have learned over the 19 years that I have been here. Police officers are very different people. I mean, we laugh at things that most people would consider sad. But its our nature and that is how we cope.
Q. Being a mom, how does that affect your job and what judgement calls you make- like being in risky situations?
A. Being a Mom does not affect my job at all. I work to serve and protect and will do my job regardless of anything. I think all police officers' goal every day is to go home to their families safely at the end of their shift.
Q. How are you able to manage full-time work with home life? It seems like this is a demanding profession that is hard to leave at work!
A. I work Monday thru Friday and have weekends off, so its not really a bad shift. I work 8 hours a day and then go home to help with homework, do housework, etc. I am a full-time officer, Mom, and wife. Sometimes it is pretty challenging but I manage. I exercise to relieve stress and it helps. I really do like what I do. I like the fact that I can help people plus put people in jail! Its rewarding at times. Its something different every day. And I am still learning some things, believe it or not.
Q. Anything youd like parents to know?
A. Yes, if parents would raise their kids with some respect, we would not have most of the problems we have. I feel that it is how we are raised, that makes us who we are today.