Veteran police officer explains how job is changing

A veteran police officer talks to CBS 19 about the changes he has seen in law enforcement.

OVERTON - Being a police officer is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. As time passes, the job has been rapidly changing.

For more than 30 years, Bob Overman has been a police officer. He first joined the force in California and later moved to Texas. Even to this day he still has his guard up on crime.

"Especially if your by yourself and there's a possibility that somebody is in that building,  well when you go in there they know where you are, but you don't know where there at, and that still makes me suck air a little bit," Overman said.

Overman became an officer in 1982, he has seen so much that other officers have taken notice.

"Even though I'm his superior officer I still feel with his knowledge and experience," Overton Police Captain Gabriel Wallace said. "He is my go to guy when i need an answer."

Overman says there has been one major change since he started the career.

"Years ago people in general showed respect to police officer," Overman said. "Now I'm going to say in Overton, and if you drive around you will see signs saying we support the blue. We have a tremendous amount of respect and support in this city, but there's a lot of cities that don't have that."

Even with the lack respect, Overman has a basic motto for being an officer

"You have to understand people you have to show respect for people, and like I said awhile ago if you respect people they will respect you," Overman said.

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