Wednesday, September 25 2013, 12:41 PM MDT
Person 2 Person: Robert Kirby's Career as a Cop
Robert Kirby talks about his earlier career as a police officer.
SHAUNA LAKE: You also had a career with the police force.
ROBERT KIRBY: Yeah I was a police officer out in Tooele County for about a year and a half. Then I moved down to Utah County, and actually it was police work where you sort of get an understanding of how people tick. You see everybody at their worst and quite often their best in fact because youre seeing them under real high pressure circumstances, and some people set up and some people dont but you get an inner look at the way people work. And thats invaluable to somebody who wants to make their living as a lampoonist.
SHAUNA LAKE: And usually people make that a lifelong career.
ROBERT KIRBY: Yeah.
SHAUNA LAKE: I know youve been very involved with rides and was it a monument?
ROBERT KIRBY: Yeah its the Utah Law Enforcement memorial at the state capitol. Im on the board of directors.
SHAUNA LAKE: And so obviously it meant a lot to you, but you decided to leave that and go a different direction. Why is that?
ROBERT KIRBY: My personalitys better suited for this. I make more money doing this actually.
SHAUNA LAKE: You didnt know that when you got into it.
ROBERT KIRBY: No I didnt.
SHAUNA LAKE: Its a gamble right?
ROBERT KIRBY: Right. Everybody knows journalists dont make a lot of money, but the hours were better. And it was better suited to my personality because I have a big mouth, and I like to say whats on my mind, and you cant always do that with police work.
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