As told by Sgt. Rob Morrisett.......
My name is Robin Morrisett and I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. and have now been in Alaska for 36 years. As I was growing up, my parents had always wanted me to attend college. I always wondered what I would do when I grew up; thoughts of fighting forest fires, being a USCG Rescue Swimmer, or possibly something else.
My father retired from a law enforcement career. I never thought I would follow in his footsteps until I saw a commercial where the Anchorage Police Department was looking for Volunteer Reserve Police Officers. I joined because I wanted to help my community out. It was an unpaid position and after doing it for just a short bit, I was working a shoplifting case when I noticed a little boy whisper something to his mother. I heard her say “I think it will be ok”, he then came over to me and gave me the biggest of hugs and said thank you for what you do. That is when I decided I want to do this and that was payment enough.
With the Department of Public Safety, I started in Kodiak as a seasonal Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer. This position took me as far out as Dutch Harbor and St. Paul and a couple months in Cold Bay, Alaska. After 6 months the decision was made to no longer have FWEO’s. I then worked in Palmer as an Aide for what was then Fish and Wildlife Protection, until I was hired as a Trooper and to start once again in Kodiak.
I am currently a Sergeant with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, stationed in Dutch Harbor. My patrol vehicle for the area is the P/V Stimson. I have lived in Kodiak, Cordova, and Unalaska and worked the Alaska Peninsula, Bering Sea, Prince William Sound, and the Kenai Peninsula.
I must profess I have never been a public speaker, but this job will make you one. Talking to the press, well, it is something that has to be done, but mostly my favorite is talking with the kids in the communities I’ve been to, one of Alaska’s greatest up and coming resources. What will you hear me say to them? That’s easy it’s “What are you going to be when you grow up”? As well as catching the people who are taking more of the Alaska’s natural resources such as the critters, fish and crab. I will also take you to jail for DUI. You will also definitely be cited for parking in the handicap spot if you’re not allowed to.
Talking with the kids to help them stay away from the bad things in life and working with other departments around the state is a passion of mine. Whether it be a mock what could happen if you drink on your prom night or helping the kids explore what it’s like to be able to breathe underwater (Scuba Dive) at the same time of teaching them boating safety and to always wear their personal flotation device (PFD). Like I said, publically speaking isn’t really for me, but when it comes to the kids, they are important!