Glen Ellyn Patch: How long have you been a police officer?
Brad Booton: Five years.
Patch: Why did you decide you wanted to become a police officer? Was it something you've always wanted to do?
Booton: I decided to become a Police Officer because of the variety of work within the field. Every day is something different. I never wanted a desk job, and I have a sincere desire to help others. I've wanted to be a police officer since I was in high school.
Patch: After working with the Village of Glen Ellyn for five years, what have you learned about Glen Ellyn and the job of being a police officer in a suburban community?
Booton: I've learned that a big part of this job relates to service. That might not always mean "fighting crime," but can include helping people out in all kinds of ways. Being a police officer in today's day and age gives you an opportunity to be a "jack of all trades," and that's a good thing. It's nice to not only have to deal with crime and criminals day in and day out.
Patch: Any particularly memorable experiences in those five years?
Booton: I enjoy any opportunity I get to help out and work with children and young adults. I take advantage of those occasions to try my best to have a positive impact with hopes that I can influence "troubled" individuals to correct their problems and seek help before they become adults.
Patch: What is your favorite part about being a Glen Ellyn police officer?
Booton: The diversity within the Village and among its citizens. I get to interact with individuals from different types of backgrounds. I like working in Glen Ellyn because all of my co-workers (in all Village Departments) have a strong work ethic. Every day it seems that everyone gives 100 percent and genuinely cares about the work they perform. This makes being a police officer more enjoyable and much easier.
Patch: What sort of wisdom would you pass along to someone who wants to get involved in law enforcement?
Booton: Get a solid education as a foundation. Many departments are now starting to require at least some college experience. Plus, it can help with promotions and post-retirement careers.