To whom it may concern,
My name is Joshua Moore, and on Monday April 23, 2012, i went on a ride along with Trooper Petrovich from 2:30pm to 10:00 pm. Trooper Petrovich was the nicest man, and was very accommodating to me in his cruiser. throughout the entire shift with Trooper Petrovich, there was never a low in conversation, and his professionalism was second to non. Trooper Petrovich treated me like a future colleague, and I was extremely happy with how he handled the ride along I took with him. I was included in investigations, and compelled to interpret exactly what happened at accident scenes, which made me feel very comfortable with Trooper Petrovich, which compelled me to ask even more questions about what we were doing and why.
Towards the end of our shift we got a call to a possible signal 7 in Spring Hill, even with the stress of a large work load dropped on Trooper Petrovich at the end of his night, he was still giving me quality information about how to travel with lights and sirens on and the rules that go with doing so. The biggest tip of the hat to Trooper Petrovich was when we pulled onto the crash sight. upon exiting the vehicle, the first thing i noticed was that the passenger of the crashed vehicle was deceased, laying under a blanket on the ground. This was the first time I saw a dead body other than at a funeral, and even with all the lights, personnel, and a growing crowd of on lookers, not once did the Trooper leave me behind or ask me to go back to the car and wait while he did his job. The quality of Trooper Petrovich was top notch, and even with the high stress situation that was pilled onto him at the end of his shift, he took his time with me, and explained exactly what he was doing and what was going on.
I would like to thank Trooper Petrovich for his friendless, his willing to explain things to me, and for involving me in the investigations. This ride along has firmly seated my ambition to become a law enforcement officer, and has made the Florida Highway Patrol a great possibility for me after I graduate from USF with my criminology degree.
I would also like to thank Sgt. Rogers for her kindness as well. She treated me more like a colleague, rather than someone who isn't worth her time. This experience was nothing but amazing, and this letter can not do the amount of knowledge I obtained any justice.
A big thanks to the Florida Highway Patrol!