Posted at: 06/11/2013 10:37 PM
Updated at: 06/11/2013 11:38 PM
Over the last few days News10NBC has been introducing you to police officers in the city of Rochester who work hard to fight crime.
For many of those officers, it's more than just a job. It's about protecting the city they grew up in and trying to break down barriers.
On Tuesday News10NBC introduces you to Rochester Police Officer Christine Wilson.
Officer Christine Wilson wants kids to know the police are there to protect you!
After patrolling the west side for seven years, Wilson went on to work as a Head Recruitment Officer.
She says when she was little growing up in the city of Rochester, she was told not to trust the police and she hopes kids today aren't getting that same message.
"Growing up in my household, we were always taught to respect the police, but at the same time, not talk to the police and I couldn't understand why that piece was missing,” said Officer Wilson.
She didn't understand, so she decided to learn more about police officers, what they do and how to become one.
"I started educating myself and I attended college and found out the role of a police officer. I did an internship with the police department. This was one way that I wanted to build that relationship up in the community and to get rid of that misconception,” said Wilson.
That's exactly what she is working to do. Fellow Rochester Police Officer Jackie Shuman says it helps having Home Grown Roc Cops like Wilson working to protect the city they grew up in.
“It's good to see that, because people out in the community see people that were there and that gives them an image that they can do it too,” said Officer Shuman.
Officer Wilson hopes she can teach other children that police officers are good people who care just like she does.
"As I was growing up, I had people to help me as a child and now that I'm older and in a position now I can help and give back,” said Wilson.