On Saturday, a unique police event will feature state troopers and police officers from very diverse backgrounds.
Some were born outside the U.S. and others have gone on to become first generation U.S. citizens.
Trooper Joungsuk Moon is going on 11 years with Connecticut State Police, breaking stereotypes along the way.
“State trooper, it’s going to be, you know a tall white male that’s going to show up at my front door and then I show up and it throws them off,” Moon said.
Born in South Korea, Trooper Moon was just 2 years old when her family left for America settling in the Bronx.
“Like my parents came here with nothing, like the majority of stories from people from other countries when you come here with nothing,” Moon said.
On Saturday, Trooper Moon will be among the police men and women sharing their upbringing and path to law enforcement to ethnic youth around Connecticut.
The event is titled Community Cops and Culture.
“When we’re in uniform, polished well put together they figure you grew up in a privileged household. It’s not the case. A lot of friends I know who are on the job, single parent households, they came over here with nothing. Same thing. You just work for what you want to be,” Moon said.
Trooper Sebastian Cummings will also be sharing his story. He was born in Columbia during the height of Pablo Escobar’s reign in drug trafficking.
“I grew up there, went through a lot of struggle with my family. Two of my uncles were murdered. “My mom was walking me to school you know and we got caught in the crossfire and there was a porch area where she couldn’t fit but she threw me under and she kind of just kept walking,” Cummings said.
Trooper Cummings says these experiences didn’t bring him down but motivated him to succeed.
“We want people to know that even people who grow up in tough society as I did, you know, you can still become something great. Hopefully someday, maybe 20 years from now, I’d like to see a younger generation of state troopers saying, hey I became a state trooper because you influenced me from that day,” Cummings said.
Both the troopers will be sharing their stories in-depth at the community, cops and culture event in New Haven on Saturday.
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