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Diana Villegas

Career Research Interview Part 2

It was an honor to be able to get to know Lieutenant Bob Shober who works at the West
Jordan Police Department. Hes a busy man, I was lucky that he gave me some of his time
for me to be able to ask him questions. Lieutenant Shober has accomplished many things in
his career path as well as his personal goals. He has been committed to all the specialized
training they require since 1981.
Bob Shober graduated from Granger High School in 1976; he was part of the Lancers
territory. He attended college in Southern Idaho in 1977 with a Baseball Scholarship and
thats when it all started. He had said that he in school playing baseball with some friends
when the idea just hit him. He said to himself that hes going to be a cop. He went to the
University of Utah with his Baseball Scholarship in 1978 and in October of 2006 he went to
the FBI National Academy.
Summary Paragraphs for Each Interview Topic
Lieutenant Shober started as a Patrol Bureau on November 1980 to March of 1984. During
those four years he did all his specialized training in the Utah Police Academy (July 1981),
PCP Labs (February 1982), Officer Survival & Field Tactics (November 1982), Radar
Certification (November 1982), Search & Seizure (March 1983), Breathalyzer Certification
(May 1983), Field Training Officer School (August 1983), and Koga Baton Instructors
School (October 1983). It was a total of about 585 hours that he did.
In March 1984 was when he was assigned to Metro Narcotics Strike Force. Its similar to
what the DEA does. I asked him if he was hard at first, he replied by saying that it wasnt,
that you just need to have interpersonal skills, being able to talk to people without knowing
them. He was a biker so he wouldnt blow his cover. He was telling me that they will meet
up at bars and just drink with them and at times the drug dealers would just ask if they
wanted to buy drugs. There were a few occasions when the undercover agents would ask the
dealers if they knew anyone that could get them some pot and the dealers would ask them if
they were cops and they said no. After that they would say, okay they can get some for them.
It a dangerous field to work in but if you enjoy it and have passion for it then its all worth it.
If the dealers were to find out that you are a cop the agency will most likely transfer you to
another state.
In November 1986 Shober did DEA Basic Narcotic Investigations. During September 1989
to May 1991 he did several hours working on Youth Gangs, Drugs Interdiction, and Gangs in
Utah, Clandestine Drug Labs and Satanic Cults. Hes done so many things in this small
amount of time. He says that the Narcotics Investigations was the most fun and best part of
his career so far.
Shober was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Patrol Bureau as a Field Commander in
May 1997. When he was promoted he had to do several different training. For example, in
November 1997 he did 16 hours of Managing Police Discipline, in January 1998 he did 18
hours of Environmental Crime Scene Investigations, In May/June 1998 he did 40 hours of
F.B.I. Executive Command College and in November 1998 he did 8 hours of Aircraft
Accident and Incident Investigations. The higher he got the more training he needed to be
able to follow up and the experience.
At this moment he is assigned SWAT Team Commander since January 2000. He did many
more courses and training to get more experience in the specific field. He was also assigned
in July 2000 as Detective Bureau Commander and he still maintains that position till this day.
Analysis of Career Choice
I learned that these agents enforce controlled substances laws, the everyday work life and
daily duties of DEA agents are surveying suspects, infiltrating drug trafficking
organizations, arresting violators, seizing assets of drug-related crimes, investigating
laundering schemes, confiscating illegal drugs, investigating the illegal distribution of
prescription medications, collecting evidence, testifying in court and promoting educational
programs to reduce illegal drug use. The DEA plans global investigations; they may work
with foreign governments in finding drug traffickers and destroying illegal drug production.
Many say that this is a very dangerous job. If you get caught or busted then youre in danger
and so is your family. If the Drug Dealers find out who you are, they will get you back by
hurting where it would hurt the most, your family. Once youre in the game, its hard to come
out with your hands clean. They will find out everything about you and your family without
you knowing. They do it while youre working with them just in case you betray them.
Analysis of Your Own Interview Process
I believe that I did good in my interview. Some of my strongest points were: I arrived ten
minutes early, I had many questions, there were good conversations and I enjoyed learning
about what my future could be. A couple of my weakest points were that I was really quiet at
the beginning and shy. I need to improve in opening up to a little more and not be so shy.
Closing Paragraph
After the interview I did research online and found out that DEA agents are involved in the
investigation and prosecution of terrorist groups because of the ties these groups have drug
trafficking. An agent can be undercover also; they may ask you to betrayed people to gain the
confidence and trust of suspected criminals. Just to be able to catch them and you might be
doing the b=crime at times too.
Surveillance is a major part of DEA agents field duties. Its stakeouts, phone tapping and
sting operations. Surveillance can be used to generate leads; it can help by leading to the
network of a criminal organization, identify distribution routes and collect evidence. My
Criminal Justice teacher brought in a guest speaker the other day and he works for the FBI.
He was telling us a story about when he worked with the DEA in Vegas. Once he busted the
dealers and sent a few to jail, there was still some that were out doing some research on in.
When they got the dealers house, they founds pictures of him, his wife, and his three
daughters. They had the schools they go to, all the cars they had, their address, and all their
information. After all the trial was done, they sent him to another state.
If you do get caught, they just transfer you and your family somewhere where else. All you
have to do is start over. It might be hard for your family to moving around and meeting new
people each time. Especially the kids, going to new schools, new friends, new teachers, new
environment, it just isnt always easy being the new kid in school. Putting your family in
danger its not something you planned, it was just an obstacle.
Its not an easy job, and it might not always be fun but if you want to make a difference and
make things right, go for it.