Police leaders talk about careers in law enforcement


Three leaders in the Marshalltown Police Department spoke about their careers to students in the Extended Learning Program at Lenihan Intermediate School on March 15. Pictured from left, are Sergeant Rick Bellile, Chief Mike Tupper and Captain Chris Jones.

Three leaders in the Marshalltown Police Department stopped by Lenihan Intermediate School on March 15 to take part in the Extended Learning Program’s monthly after school career chat.

Chief Mike Tupper, Captain Chris Jones and Sergeant Rick Bellile talked to the students about life as a member of the police department.

“All of us got into law enforcement for about the same reason – we wanted to help people,” Tupper said.

All three said being in law enforcement is very rewarding work, as they are able to make a difference is people’s lives. They also love that every day is different, which can make it both challenging and exciting.

The three also talked about some of their most challenging incidents, how they use science to solve crimes and how being a police officer is not like what is portrayed on television.

On the topic of careers, Tupper told the students to follow their passion. “Find something that you are passionate about and that you love to do,” he said.

Career chat is organized by ELP teacher Vanessa Engel.