Omaha Police Officer Jeff Warnock

by Brian Benedict

Omaha Police Officer and Dept Rep Jeff Warnock with Brian Benedict

After spending time with Jeff you come to realize that he’s not only a good police officer but a great guy.  Living life honorably and ethically promotes your integrity without even trying to do so.  After being with Jeff and his wife Michelle I found myself thinking about how building meaningful relationships built on trust and character can grow each person they influence.  Jeff and Michell have built friendships with other firefighters and officers across the country just being them.  Not anyone else.   Thanks for inspiring me Jeff and keep on making each day count.

It doesn’t matter how educated you are.  It doesn’t matter what career field you’re in.  If you’re not interested in others they won’t be interested in you.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”     John Maxwell

The power of personal relationships

I’ve seen some police officers and firefighters connect while others tend to struggle. Regardless of whether you’re a recruit or chief, people are people. Making connections will always be an important aspect in our careers inside and outside of the department.

So if you’ve had a hard time connecting with co-workers, city leaders or those who we protect in the community, here’s a few tips that may help you.

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” 

– Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

  1. Simply care.  If you don’t care about others they won’t care about you.  It’s that simple.
  2. Be genuinely interested in them If you’re not genuine in your actions toward others you’ll find skepticism and doubt around every corner.  This tends to be problematic for those in charge.
  3. Give without expecting anything in return.  Everyone needs help with something.  Do something nice for someone without adding an “I owe you” note to it.  The simplest things will build your character while building your value to others.

  4. Connect them with others. Every police officer or firefighter has a skill.  Mowing lawns, building decks or selling grave stones everyone would like a referral.  So give them one.  As you run into someone during conversation that needs a service.  Give them the name and number of the firefighter or police officer with that particular skill.  Even if they don’t end up using the service you’ve made a big impact to your relationship.
  5. Stand out.   Text a short note periodically.  Keep in touch. Mail your favorite book with a signed personal note from you on the inside flap. Send them your family Christmas card. Be genuinely helpful. It’s the little things that will make you memorable.

“You can have everything you want in life as long as you help enough other people get what they want.”

Zig Ziglar

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