The Glasgow Daily Times submitted a list of questions to local first responders, police officers and medical workers in hopes their responses would help our communities better understand their jobs. We also hope this series will help people to get to know the Faces of the Frontline in Barren County.
Name: Ashley Jones
Job Position: Detective Sergeant
Number of Years with the Glasgow Police Department: 11
Describe your job and the duties you regularly perform.
I am the Sergeant of the Criminal Investigations Division. My division investigates deaths, sexual assaults, burglaries, thefts and other major crimes. My current task is to ensure these cases are being investigated thoroughly and timely by the detectives.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? What’s the most challenging part?
The most rewarding part of my job is having the opportunity to save a life every day. Sometimes people just need to know that someone cares and is willing to listen.
I would have to say that the most challenging part is learning to leave the mental stressors of this career at work and not bringing them home. Its easier said than done, especially when investigating crimes against children.
Why did you choose to enter into public safety?
My number one reason is that this career is meaningful. Law enforcement has a real impact on people every single day. It feels good to hear someone praise a police department for what they do, but the real praise I receive doe not come in a spoken form. If I can positively affect just one person, then I know I have truly accomplished my reasoning for choosing this profession.
What advice would you give to someone considering a profession in the medical field?
The “golden rule,” do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Also, never let your badge cause you to intentionally mistreat anyone, and remember someone is always watching you, whether it be a child or someone with a cellphone, so be respectful! Lastly, never let your guard down – always be vigilant and alert!