Jon Nelson on Sat, 12 Jul 2003 19:32:21 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Community Service Project (Devil's advocate)

M.Simons said:
> Motivation.. I've seen some things Jon has said.. but I'm not entirely
> sure what sparked this initial project interest.. Is this a requirement of
> the job?  Did you go and get arrested for jaywalking and then sentenced to
> community service?  :D Are you just bored with plenty of time and decided
> to do something good?  Did you talk to someone (say, maybe someone who
> works at teamchildren) and they sold you with a fever pitch on the idea?
> Do you have kids in this school district?  What is it?

When I first saw your post I started replying to it by answering the
majority of the questions in your email.  Then I figured that you were
putting these questions out as food for thought and not necessarily for
direct comment.

When I hit the "Motivation" paragraph though, I had to respond. I'm sure
you didn't mean to offend me but you did.  I really didn't appreciate that
you insinuated that I'm forced to do it out of a job requirement or my

Many people probably don't believe it but the majority of cops are good
people and have taken their positions because of their interest in public
service.  I am one of those cops.  I have made many sacrifices and endured
a great amount of stress in my 15 years of public service to be where I
am.  And I wouldn't change anything.

As far as how I came up with this idea...  I worked as a road Trooper for
three year in Delaware Co. and saw how bad it could be for kids in
Chester, which is probably the most depressed municipality in the area.  I
have a friend who is a teacher in the school I am trying to target and
have listened to the horror stories of how really bad it is in Chester for
these kids.  I found out about Team Children through an article in a local
paper, and due to my love of computers and Linux I eventually put two and
two together.  Mostly I believe that it is because I am a good person and
a truly care about my fellow man, isn't that enough?

I feel like I am Melanie Griffith in "Working Girl" having to justify
myself to Mr. Task.


Thank you very much for your comments and I believe that they will be very
helpful to this project.

Trooper Jon S. Nelson, Linux Certified Admin., CCNA
Pa. State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Computer Crimes Unit
Work: 610.344.4471 Cell/Page: 866.284.1603
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