Today’s featured blogger has one of the most interesting journeys into the Law Enforcement world… we just have to share.
First things first. Her name is Suzie Ivy…
When Suzie was 45-years-young, she decided to enter the police academy. Now, I can’t speak for you guys, but I gotta say I think that is pretty incredible.
And that was just the beginning. Suzie was also the first female officer in her town (girls rule!). Not even two measly years later, she was a bona fide detective.
Best part of it all?
Suzie’s ongoing journey is chronicled. Head to her blog and you can hear all the ups and downs on her road to mid-life-restructuring.
In the meantime, we wanted to know more about Ms. Ivy as a blogger! Check out our interview with her…
So, Suzie, how would you describe your blog?
My blog is the happy, sad, and hilarious side of law enforcement.
What do you hope to accomplish with ‘The Bad Luck Detective’?
To make people see police officers as real people. We are at times good, bad, and ugly but we are human. We laugh and cry the same as everyone else.
Why did you start it?
I needed a way to relieve stress from work. I’m a detective specializing in sex crimes. Quite often my cases get me down and I needed a place away from work where I can connect with people who help me find reasons to laugh.
When was that (starting the blog)?
Two years ago.
What’s important about the blog- to you as a writer?
I feel blogging has saved my sanity many times and it’s important for everyone in law enforcement to have an outlet where they can by honest and share their true feelings. It’s a job we can’t help but take home and if we don’t find a way to escape for a short time our careers will end too soon or we will be miserable. A life balance is key to our success.
Do you have a favorite–or least favorite– thing to write about?
My favorite thing to write about is anything that will make someone laugh. It’s usually at my own expense because, like all cops, I make stupid mistakes. My least favorite thing to write about is officers dying in the line of duty, sex crimes and domestic violence. I’ve written these posts because we need more public awareness.
Has anything surprised you in this blogging experience?
First, the fact that people actually read and follow my blog is amazing and exhilarating. So many of the comments I receive from readers put a smile on my face or make me laugh out loud. By sharing my less than stellar moments in LE, readers are willing to share theirs. Every comment gives me inspiration.
What has been your best experience as a blogger?
Meeting new people and making wonderful friends is beyond a doubt the highlight of blogging.
Have you learned anything?
That it’s okay to share sad times too. When I first started my blog, I was determined to always make people laugh. I’ve found that when I share my unhappy moments, my readers offer incredible support.
Can you share with us something funny about yourself?
It doesn’t matter how busy I am at work, I’m called to catch snakes. I have no fear of them but most of the officers I work with are petrified when it comes to these amazing creatures. I slid a small garden snake under the bathroom door to get a fellow officer back for a practical joke he played on me. He stood on the toilet screaming until we got the door unlocked and I collected the snake. I’m sure retribution will come my way and I waiting.
So, Suzie, if you win the Battle of the Blogs, to which charity will you donate your $200 winnings and why?
100 Club of Arizona. They don’t just provide support for the families of fallen officers they provide grants to police agencies to help with safety equipment and keep us alive. They are awesome!
We loved learning more about the amazing Miss Suzie Ivy almost as much as we love reading her blog. This Bad Luck Detective is also on Twitter and Facebook. To read her blog CLICK HERE! To Vote for her blog, CLICK HERE!