News | May 10, 2016

Police Week Spotlight: Officer Randall Guratosky

By DLA Aviation Public Affairs

As part of National Police Week observances, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation and DLA Installation Support at Richmond will spotlight police officers at Defense Supply Center, Richmond, Virginia, who selflessly secure and protect the base, its people and its neighbors.

In addition, a special ceremony to honor and pay respect to current officers and officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duty will be held May 12.

National Police Week ’16 will be celebrated across the country May 15 - 21. 

According to policeweek.org, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed and designated May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.  Events have been celebrated since that time to honor police officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect our nation’s communities.

Name:  Officer Randall Guratosky

How long have you been in law enforcement?

I am new to law enforcement but have been familiar with some procedures and the mindset of a law enforcement officer because I worked with them when I served in the Marines. I have been at DSCR for approximately four months.

What made you decide to go into law enforcement and public service? 

I wanted to go into law enforcement for quite some time. I have a passion for helping and protecting people who are not able to provide those things for themselves.

What is your most memorable event from your job as a police officer?

My most memorable event from my job as a police officer would have to be when I got the call and was offered a police officer position here at DSCR.  I was ecstatic to go into the field I have a strong passion for.

What is your greatest achievement on the job?

My greatest achievement is participating in the color guard at ceremonies. Being part of a color guard is something we don’t get to do often, but it is such a great honor to showcase our police officers and parade our country’s flag.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being a police officer?

To me, the most rewarding thing about being a police officer is serving the public in a positive way, as well as the strong bond among my fellow LEOs.

Have you had any mentors in your career?  If so, how have/did they help?

I consider any officers who have an extended period of time in this career to be somewhat of a mentor. They have a lot to offer to help newer officers learn and grow in our careers.

How do you define excellence?

I define excellence as doing your job accurately, safely and with dignity and respect, and when needed, going above and beyond what is asked of you.

What makes for a great day on the job?

A great day on the job means the base and our people are secure and safe, and everyone gets to go home. 

What would you say to someone to encourage them to go into public service?

If you’re thinking about going into public service, I suggest speaking with an experienced person in the field and researching what the job entails. Also, always stay positive.