In the vibrant city of Foz do Iguaçu, nestled on the border of Brazil and Paraguay, a tale of determination and justice unfolds. Junior Rocha, a 27-year-old Brazilian native, traces his journey from the realms of journalism to the frontlines of the Police Force in Paraná. Born in a city known as the "Land of the Waterfalls," where cultural diversity thrives, Junior's narrative is marked by a relentless pursuit of justice and a commitment to making a difference.
Leap into the World of Journalism
Junior's entry into the realm of journalism unfolded against a backdrop of initial aspirations in the field of law. Initially drawn to the prospect of delving into the intricacies of legal frameworks, particularly in the criminal domain, he envisioned a future where a legal education might complement a potential path toward public service exams. However, fate intervened when he discovered that the law class had already closed its doors, closing off that avenue.
Undeterred by this twist of fate, Junior found himself at a crossroads. Many individuals, both young and seasoned, opt for a legal education due to its expansive range of applications – criminal, labor, family law, among others. The allure of the legal field, with its multifaceted opportunities, often leads individuals into uncharted territories. Despite not knowing the challenges that lay ahead, many embark on this journey, making law a highly coveted course of study.
In the end, Junior made the decisive leap into the field of journalism. His choice was influenced not only by the absence of available legal classes but also by a genuine passion for the dynamic realm of television and storytelling. Unlike the rigid structure of a legal profession confined to desks and courtrooms, journalism promised a career marked by constant movement, discovery, and the opportunity to tell new stories. This shift set the stage for a career that would embrace unpredictability and usher in unforeseen twists and turns.
From the early days at the local TV station, aptly named "Foz TV," Junior's journalistic journey was characterized by a hunger for learning. Despite limited resources, he honed his skills, producing his first reports and voiceovers, gaining insights into the vast landscape of journalism.
“There, I crafted my first reports. Recorded my initial voiceovers. Experienced my first shifts. It was a place where imagination began to flow, and with each story, there was an opportunity to create something new.”
This initial stint paved the way for opportunities in a video production company and later, a position in an open-air station.
Embracing the Police Beat
It was at this juncture that Junior found himself deeply immersed in the realm of the police. His role at the open-air station brought him face-to-face with the harsh realities of criminal activities - robberies, thefts, and homicides. A significant portion of his reports focused on the police beat, revealing the dichotomy between the forces of law and the world of crime.
A pivotal moment in Junior's journey was marked by a unique report he crafted during his tenure at TV Tarobá. Covering a police confrontation, he introduced a novel element - a parody song that resonated with the public. The lyrics, celebrating the victory of the police over criminals, struck a chord with law-abiding citizens.
"3 bandits went to rob
A residence here on the border
The CHOQUE and ROCAM arrived, "BANG BANG BANG"
And the three bandits are burning in hell!"
The unconventional approach garnered attention, with citizens applauding the celebration of justice. However, it was met with disapproval from fellow journalists, highlighting the often divisive perceptions surrounding law enforcement. The dichotomy between those who supported the celebration of police actions and critics with contradictory ideologies became stark. For Junior, it was a manifestation of justice. He stated, "It's not about rejoicing in the demise of criminals; it's about celebrating the triumph of good over evil. The police's victory signifies a win for the whole society." This report, although controversial, solidified Junior's conviction that he was on the right path.
A Pivotal Career Shift
After nearly two years in the open-air station, Junior felt a calling for change. Discontent with certain aspects of journalistic practices, he made the bold decision to transition. Rather than succumbing to complaints, he opted for action - a decision that would define the trajectory of his career.
Leaving behind the familiar world of journalism, Junior delved into the realm of public service exams, specifically in the area of law enforcement. Balancing his studies with the demands of his role as a journalist, he faced challenges head-on, eventually culminating in success - a position in the Military Police of Paraná.
Police Passion: Junior's Unwavering Dedication to Justice
The Unending Preparation
Equipped for Challenges
Acknowledging the inherent challenges and dangers of police work, Junior underscores the importance of being prepared. The mention of Rhino Rescue equipment, particularly in the realm of Atendimento Pré-Hospitalar (APH), reinforces the necessity of quality tools in handling emergencies. His kit, containing essentials like a tourniquet, blunt-tipped scissors, chest seal, compression gauze, and elastic bandage, reflects a readiness to face the unexpected.