From crimefighters to entrepreneurs: Unveiling the transferrable skills of law enforcement
Former community protecters bring with them experiences and skills that prove valuable in navigating the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship
By Fishman Public Relations
In the fast-paced and dynamic world of entrepreneurship, success often depends on the possession of unique skill sets that set ambitious individuals apart from the rest. While it may seem like an unconventional path, law enforcement professionals have been increasingly making their mark in the realm of entrepreneurship, armed with an arsenal of transferable skills.
As they transition from upholding the law to building their own businesses, former community protecters bring with them experiences and skills that prove valuable in navigating the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship.
Andrew Bremer, a former police officer, spent 17 years in law enforcement before pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams. In August 2022, Bremer made his dreams into reality by joining Chem-Dry as a franchise owner, where his business spans over three territories in Eastern Tennessee. Bremer’s success was quick, as he has already nearly tripled his monthly income with a customer base that continues to rise.
Key to Bremer’s success was the skills learned in the field. The ability to think critically, strategize and execute with precision are all attributes that prove invaluable when navigating the uncertain terrain of entrepreneurship.
During his tenure as a police officer, Bremer honed exceptional communication skills, which have proven to be essential in his role as an entrepreneur. In the high-pressure world of law enforcement, effective communication is not just a desirable trait but an essential tool that can mean the difference between life and death.
Law enforcement professionals have developed the ability to convey information clearly, concisely and persuasively, whether it’s during critical on-site operations, interacting with diverse communities, or collaborating with fellow officers.
Exceptional communication articulates an entrepreneur’s ideas, builds a strong rapport with clients and partners, and inspires team members with a shared vision. Also essential is the capacity to actively listen, empathize and adapt communication style to different situations to connect authentically with the community and navigate business ownership with finesse and confidence.
At the cornerstone of transferable skills is discipline. Bremer found that his experience with police work instilled in him the self-discipline needed to tackle the challenges of running a business.
People within law enforcement possess the tenacity to overcome challenges, work diligently toward their goals, and persevere through the inevitable ups and downs of the job.
His ability to prioritize tasks, maintain a structured work ethic and uphold a high level of professionalism translated into efficient time management and optimized productivity. From sticking to a strict schedule, handling financial responsibilities, or making difficult decisions, discipline has played a key role in driving the success of the business.
Prioritization on community
Prioritizing the community is an inherent part of law enforcement’s mission. Many cite their reason to join the force being to serve and protect their communities. This emphasis on community-oriented policing instills in them a profound sense of empathy, compassion and a genuine desire to address the needs and concerns of those they protect.
As entrepreneurs, these individuals carry this fundamental value into their ventures, recognizing that the success of their business hinges on the satisfaction and support of their clients.
Bremer finds that this is a skill that can be carried into careers after law enforcement, as his background has ingrained in him the value of community engagement. As an entrepreneur, he has carried this ethos into his business, prioritizing community involvement, supporting local initiatives and establishing a loyal customer base through genuine connections.
By prioritizing the community, Bremer notes that demonstrating a commitment to understanding the unique challenges and aspirations of customers and adapting a customer-centric approach allows him and his team to tailor their products or services to meet real-world demands effectively. As a result, there is a direct impact on bottom-line results.
Adaptability and problem-solving
Law enforcement is a dynamic and ever-changing profession, requiring quick thinking and adaptability. This adaptability allows police officers to stay agile and make crucial decisions under pressure.
Bremer found his ability to handle unpredictable circumstances in law enforcement translated to the multitude of challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the business world, such as the capacity to adapt swiftly to market shifts, evolving consumer needs and industry trends.
Doing so with agility and poise has been a huge contributor to his success. Law enforcement professionals’ experience in problem-solving, analyzing complex situations and devising effective solutions provides them with a unique edge.
Their resilience in handling crises and their innate ability to approach problems from different angles equip them to tackle business obstacles with creativity and resourcefulness.
Commitment to excellence
Law enforcement professionals, driven to serve and protect, approach their duties with dedication to achieve the highest standards of performance. Commitment to excellence is evident in their attention to detail, adherence to protocols and continuous pursuit of improvement.
Bremer finds that carrying this same ethos into entrepreneurial ventures has earned him a loyal customer base and a positive reputation in his community. Also citing his commitment to delivering top-notch service, and maintaining high standards has set his business apart from competitors. His relentless pursuit of excellence is reflected in the quality of products and services, efficient operations, and satisfaction of customers.
Finding a franchise opportunity that reflected and helped nurture his commitment to excellence led Bremer to Chem-Dry, where it is reflected even at the highest levels.
How to get started
Whether you are a current or former law enforcement officer, the road to entrepreneurship isn’t as hard as it may seem. With countless skills learned through your time serving our country and communities, you’re equipped with a competitive advantage to launch your dream business and excel as an entrepreneur. Be confident in your ability to succeed, seek out franchise opportunities with a proven business model, and lean on your unique skill set to guide you toward success.