Like couples all around the region, Loren West and Dustin Smith followed the tragic story of David Messerschmitt. The intellectual-property lawyer was found stabbed to death inside a room at a boutique hotel in downtown Washington. “I feel so bad for his wife,” Smith said.d they are gay men, who met online, and are now married.Then more became clear: The February evening he went missing, Messerschmitt had texted his wife saying he’d be home soon; hotel surveillance video showed a mysterious figure climbing a staircase toward his room; court records revealed Messerschmitt, 30, had posted on Craigslist seeking sex with men; police thought he was targeted in a robbery that went bad. “In this day and age, you never really know who you’re meeting,” Smith said.Being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t work a 9-to-5 schedule comes with certain challenges, especially if that person is in Law Enforcement.Sure, doctors and first responders deal with intense situations where if they make a mistake, someone might lose their life.Very masculine." Like all occupations, female officers run the gamut as far as personal attributes. Another part to this stereotype is the misperception a feminine, petite woman who can not do the job.The other main stereotype comes from Charlie's Angels.Smith explains, "While you're dating you've got to kind of wade through that.It can be very intimidating for the person who is dating a female cop who carries a gun and has a constitutional authority to take a life." A Cop's World Once dating turns into a relationship, female officers continue to face challenges.
Authenticity Do you feel accepted and liked for who you are or do you get the feeling your relationship partner is giving you pointers of who you should be?
In last month's article, , we discussed the challenge of simply meeting good people to go out with, and then offered some suggestions to make meeting them easier while avoiding human landmines.
This month's article is particularly for those who are dating and looking toward the future, know someone who is, or might someday be.
They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and from as various upbringings as those who don’t put on the uniform.
Some are married and have families, some are in relationships, and some are single – often looking for the right girl or guy for them that can appreciate and even support their life as a LEO.