Roberta Comerford is both a sergeant in the North Syracuse police force and a major with the 27th Infantry Brigade. She and her unit will depart for Kuwait soon.
continued This time, though, Comerford’s mission will be different; she’ll instead be the public affairs officer for her unit. The major said she has been in public affairs now for a year, having trained for six months for it online and then she did a two week residence phase.
To hone their skills to an even sharper level, she and her fellow soldiers in the 27th were sent out the national training center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
“Actually the brigade as a whole just got back from California,” she said. “[It’s] a whole culminating event for forces like us. It’s a chance for the infantry guys to go out and do their job. It’s a chance for me to do the media stuff. It’s as close to combat as we can come without actually being in a combat zone. It’s a pretty cool ramp-up for getting ready to go over.”
There is some overlap with what she has learned on each job, but both positions contain some of the same core values like peace, law, order and discipline. Some of what is learned in the military can be applied to law enforcement and vice versa.
“The military teaches us ethics and what they call the ‘army core values’ using the acronym of LDRSHIP which represents loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage,” Comerford said. “This same set of values can be translated to police service, where police officers are instilled with the same values and the willingness to serve their local communities.”
But, obviously, there are some differences in job skills too.
“You are dealing with a civilian population,” McQuaid said. “You’re not in a foreign country. She’s over in the Middle East dealing with a whole different culture.”
Comerford agrees that there are definite differences, especially in encountering routine danger.