Former NFL Player Graduates NYPD Academy, Explains Why He Wanted to Become a Police Officer – Opinion

Dominique Williams was a running back on several NFL teams and has recently graduated from NYPD Academy. He will now be in uniform with the NYPD.

Williams’ NFL career was a rollercoaster. His NFL career was full of high-stakes games with the San Diego Chargers as well as the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. Although he didn’t have much success on the other rosters, he had always had a back-up plan. Williams has always wanted to be a police officer.

Here is a little background about Jones’ NFL career. Jones, a six-foot-two, 200-pound wide receiver, failed to make the Chargers’ 53-man roster, spending his rookie year on the practice squad. After his time with the Chargers, Jones signed with Eagles the following year, but sustained an Achilles tendon injury which prevented him playing. After being released by the Eagles, he was signed by the Lions. Unfortunately, Williams did not make the Lions’ final roster. Williams’ backup plan was to become a police officer.

Williams was inspired to become a cop when his brother, who was also a Pomona resident, was killed in front of their Pomona home. Williams was impressed by the way police officers handled the situation and consoled him. It showed Williams the positive impact that cops can make to a community. The New York Daily News reports:

“I’ve seen the way police came in and basically took me under their wing and made sure I was OK,” Williams said. “At the time I was playing sports so they went to multiple of my games.”

Williams was positively affected by those police officers, and now he wants to join the NYPD.

“I felt that support and love … I realized the first thing kids interact with are police officers.”

Williams and 560 others graduated last week from the NYPD academy in Madison Square Garden.

“It’s a lot of structure, and I’ve been doing that structure discipline thing my whole life in sports … You have that structure to understand and help and guide you to be a better police officer.”

At a time when police officers and law enforcement are being threatened, it’s good to hear a story like Williams’ because it’s a reminder that the people who want a “war on cops” are loud but in the minority. Williams seems like someone who is hardworking and will not quit. The NYPD seems to have found the perfect person.

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