Archive for the ‘FBI’ Category

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What is your name and department/agency?

Phyllis MacLean Sciacca – FBI

Please give us a little background about yourself, i.e., family, education, hobbies, etc.

I was born and raised in Mineola, NY (Long Island).  My father worked for Eastern Airlines, so I started traveling at an early age and love to go places (I have traveled to all the continents).  I went to Stetson University, a small Baptist college in DeLand, Florida, and majored in accounting.

When and why did you decide to become involved in law enforcement?

J. Edgar Hoover had just died, and the FBI hired their first female agent the week before I graduated from college.  I read an article in the Style section of a local paper and decided that was the job for me.  Up until then law enforcement had never crossed my mind.  The only two jobs I applied for were flight attendant and FBI agent. I got turned down for the job of flight attendant – go figure.

What is your present assignment?

Retired.

What did you like most about your job?

I loved every day of my job.  I went into work with a plan for the day and many days that plan fell by the wayside as a new case came my way.  No two days were ever the same.  When you ask most people about their job they say “same old, same old.”  You can never say that about the FBI.

What did you like least about your job?

The only problem with the job concerned the family/friend events that had to be missed because of a new case.

How did your family feel about you being in law enforcement?

My husband was also an FBI agent which made things a lot simpler at home.  When a call would come late at night and I’d put on my gun to go out the door, he never complained.  He knew the routine.  If the call wasn’t for me it was probably for him.  I don’t know how people with small children do it.

Do you think the consensus is that law enforcement is a man’s job? If so, have you had difficulty being accepted as an equal?

Most people when they are scared or afraid are comforted when a big strong man comes to their aid.  After a brief let down they realize a woman is sometimes more sympathetic to their situation.  I initially had difficulty being accepted by my colleagues who were my own age.  The older the agent was, the more accepting they were of female agents.  I have always said that you don’t need to be big and strong to do this job.  You just have to have an attitude.  As my husband will tell you…I have an attitude!

What would you like the public to know about your job?

Someone once said that a hero is just someone who was too afraid to run away.  Being in law enforcement is sort of like that.

If you had to do it over again, would you choose law enforcement as a career?

Absolutely!

Is there anything additional you’d like to share?

Always be a live wire and you‘ll never get stepped on!

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Saint Rafael Church in San Rafael, CA taken fr...

Saint Rafael Church in San Rafael, CA taken from 4th and A streets, facing north. The church is often mistaken for the San Rafael Mission, which was destroyed. The small building under the palm tree is a rebuilt version of the mission’s chapel. The church is one of Marin County’s most recognizable landmarks and serves as a symbol for the city. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is your name and department/agency?

The Rev. Jan Heglund, San Rafael, California. I am a Chaplain with the San Francisco Division of the FBI, and San Rafael, CA PD.

Please give us a little background about yourself, i.e., family, education, hobbies, etc.

I attended the Episcopal Deacon Seminary when I was working full-time, had four children at home and had started my police chaplaincy.  I have by BA in Theological Studies, run 5 miles a day and absolutely love what I do and the agencies and many non-profits I serve.

When and why did you decide to become involved in law enforcement?

Seventeen years ago; I saw an ad in the local paper stating the police department was starting a chaplaincy program—bells went off!

What is your present assignment?

Chaplain assigned to the San Francisco Division, FBI. I am also a chaplain with the Center for Domestic Peace; International Footprint Association, North Bay Chapter #15; Board member for the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA, and a founding member and chaplain coordinator for First Responders Support Network.

What do you like most about your job?

I get to enjoy the privilege of helping people at the most important times of their lives.

What do you like least about your job?

Nothing.

How does your family feel about you being in law enforcement?

They are very proud of me and supportive.  (I think they live vicariously through me in this exciting field!)

Do you think the consensus is that law enforcement is a man’s job? If so, have you had difficulty being accepted as an equal?

I worried about that at first because men are slow to trust.  I decided men wouldn’t trust me if they didn’t know me, and the only way they were going to get to know me is if I were around.  I started being around all the time.  Armed with a good sense of humor and a reputation for honoring confidentiality, I slowly became in like Flynn.  When you start to get teased in briefings, you know you are home free.  It was pointed out that I, also, can hug them – and they willingly respond in kind.

What would you like the public to know about your job?

That I serve a population who put their lives on the line every time they walk out the door.  They see and witness things no one should have to, and, without support it can take a toll on them.  They deserve everyone’s support and caring.  P.S.  They are superb drivers!

If you had to do it over again, would you choose law enforcement as a career?

In a minute!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Thank you, John, for highlighting this amazing profession.  It is a privilege and a joy.