Author offers advice on law enforcement careers

Friday, August 4, 2017
Retired police office Alley Evola will sign copies of her new book at the Marshall County Library Saturday Aug. 5.
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many children and teenagers dream of becoming a police officer.

From the flashing lights and loud sirens, to the high speed chases, law enforcement has so many thrills. However, many people do not realize how much work and dedication goes into being a police officer.

Most do not think of how much courage it takes to put their own lives in dangerous situations.

This Saturday, Aug. 5, the Marshall County Memorial Library is hosting retired police officer, Alley Evola, to discuss her new book, “So You Want to Be a Cop: What Everyone Should Know Before Entering a Law Enforcement Career.”

The book contains personal stories and other information regarding the daily lives of police officers as well as how to pursue the career path.

As Evola shares her experiences in the book, she strives to give her audience an accurate representation of the lives of officers.

Evola, along with being a retired officer, also has a passion for writing. She attended Middle Tennessee State University, where she earned degrees in Mass Communications as well as English. She became a journalist for The Tennessean.

Evola, then, decided to go after a career in law enforcement because she wanted to give back to her community and help the people in it.

“I have had many experiences from being a police officer, but my most memorable would be when I interacted with the community to make a positive impact on people’s lives; I find giving back to the community most rewarding,” says Evola.

Once her police career ended nine years ago, Evola started working as a Operations Trainer for a financial services company where she continues to work. She reads and writes in her free time and has a strong attachment to music as well.

Even after being out of the law enforcement field for a long time, she still admires all the officers for their dedication to their careers.

Evola’s book is for all audiences, but she says her main targets are high school and college students seriously considering a career as an officer.

Evola encourages students to take advantage of opportunities that revolve around becoming familiar with law enforcement work.

“My advice would be to make an informed decision to anything out there regarding the profession and to get to know your local officers,” Evola states.

Evola thinks highly of community involvement and is grateful that the Marshall County Memorial Library is hosting her and her book.

“I appreciate the library for hosting me” says Evola, “and I am looking forward to interact and speak with the community.”

Come out Saturday to hear more about her story and pick up a copy of her book. Evola will be signing as well as discussing her book starting at 1 p.m.