MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - In First Responders, we meet Brittany Vallas. She has been a Meridian Police officer since April of this year. Overall, she has been in law enforcement since 2010.
Ever since she was six-years-old she wanted to be a police officer. She says it was around that time she got to see what it was all about.
“I got to open the door and see them come in with guns and flashlights. It was pretty cool. I was like, ‘yea, that’s what I want to do when I get older,” Vallas says.
Vallas is from Newton County. She knows the area very well. She began in Philadelphia where she worked for two years. She has worked at the Decatur police department and is currently part time in Morton. She says working in Meridian is different.
“It’s never a dull moment. When I first started here. I didn’t think it was ever going to end. 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. felt like ten minutes,” Vallas explains.
Vallas says she has a passion for helping others, especially children.
She says they are often misunderstood.
“Most of the time they tell you something it’s the truth, it’s happened. You can step in and be a voice for them. Get something rolling in their direction and get them the help they need in certain situations,” Vallas says.
Vallas has five children and says a couple of them are very interested in what she does.
“My mom doesn’t like it, but she is supportive of me. Whatever decision I decide to make in my career path she’s very supportive. If she had a choice, this is not where I would be,” Vallas says.
Vallas says she will always have a role in law enforcement. She also wants the public to know what police officers are not out to get you.
“We’re not always going to take you to jail over everything. We’re not always the bad guys. We are here to help you,” Vallas says.