Today, Josip Chabraya is a US police officer, but his career is very different from many fellow police officers in his department.
Josip, the youngest of six children, was born in Slavonski Brod, eastern Croatia.
“My parents are both Croats and my family is from the Dalmatian coast, but I moved to Posavina (Novosero) to start farming. My family has a house and farm in Novosero and Slavonski. I also had a house in Brod, “explains Josip.
Jossip and his family left Croatia and moved to Germany when the war hit the region in the early 1990s. After spending eight years there, the family packed up their luggage again and headed to the United States.
“My mother, my two sisters, and I moved to the Washington, DC area of the United States in 2000,” said Josip, and despite being abroad, Croatian culture has always been a big part of his life. Occupied.
“From the food I bring to school to the Mass on Sunday. There was nothing to prevent Croatian culture from continuing. We speak Croatian language at home, wherever we are, and play Croatian music with our family. We listened and danced, and we always enthusiastically supported our beloved “Vatreni”, “he adds.
Josip says he always wanted to be a police officer.
“As many police officers tell you, wanting to be a police officer starts at a young age, and I’ve always wanted to be a police officer since I was a kid. Helping people in need. There is nothing better than what you can do, “says Jossip.
The beginning to realize his dream began in 2013, when he attended a police academy and had six months of basic training.
“In December 2013, I graduated from a police academy. Then I had another three months of training on the road with a training instructor. Becoming a police officer was a very long and extreme process. Start by filling out a 100-page background checkbook that tells your entire life story from start to finish. After that, the 6 months of training was extreme physical and mental training. 6 months of training When you’re done, you need to show your trainers what you’ve learned. One of the important things about police officers is that we never finish learning. Every time we call Learn new things, “he explains.
Josip, who is currently assigned to the Patrol Department and is a Patrol Sergeant in his department, says his background and Croatian culture have helped him in his work.
“Being a Croat isn’t just from the country. It comes with culture. We Croats seem to be the easiest people to talk to and connect with. Many This can be useful in stressful situations. When asked to pronounce a family name or being told that they are Croats, it’s a very good conversation. In most cases, people know how beautiful Croatia is. And it tells me how lucky I am to come from there, “jossip explains.
But he says there is also the back of the coin.
“It can be difficult to be a police officer in the United States, especially as a Croat. For example, I grew up with a strong Croatian morale. I always respect your elders and never speak. I was raised. To love and support my family no matter what. Unfortunately, as a police officer, I see the worst of the people. “
Josip is in his current position and spends a lot of time making sure the police station is running smoothly.
“From making a phone call to sending an email or reviewing a report, the list goes on and on, but my favorite job is to connect with the community on the go,” Josip said. Adds.
Josip says he decided to visit Croatia at least once a year before the pandemic. His next trip “house” will be special.
“Some of my favorite places in Croatia are Rovinj, Plitvice, Dubrovnik, and last but not least my beautiful hometown Slavonski Brod. My fiance and I in June 2021 I was able to visit Croatia in the beginning. She was the first to visit Croatia and she fell in love with Croatia. We are planning to get married on the island of Vis in August 2022. ” Jossip concludes.
https://www.croatiaweek.com/meet-josip-the-croatian-born-american-police-officer/ Meet Josip, a Croatian-born American police officer