During their annual review, Fort Myers Police officers have to answer a series of questions called the Employee Development Form.
The first question: “What do you consider the most important responsibilities of your present job?”
Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller answered, “Protecting the citizens of Fort Myers is always the most important aspect of the job,”
It’s clear now, those weren’t just words on a page.
Jobbers-Miller was shot two weeks ago protecting the citizens of Fort Myers, and he died a week later.
Who was he? We don’t know a lot about him to be honest. Most of what we do know comes from his officer personnel file.
He grew up in North Jersey. After high school, he was a camp counselor, assembly line worker, a barista at Starbucks, and landscaper. Sometimes he would pick up shifts at Sports Authority around the holidays.
But Adam’s bosses all say the same thing: he dreamed of being a cop.
He worked as an EMT for two years and was a volunteer firefighter in his hometown. His dad, is a 30 year, former chief, lifetime member of that department.
It shows that public service is priority in the Jobbers-Miller family.
In 2014 Adam moved to Florida to take care of his mom. She had cancer and needed help recovering from surgery.
When he got here, he really started his work toward becoming a police officer.
In July of 2015, Adam had passed the police academy and started his formal training with the Fort Myers Police Department.
In his interview Adam was asked what he wanted to accomplish as a police officer. His answer was to get drug dealers off the street. His brother died from a drug overdose.
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. Police weren’t sure he would make it through training.
The report reads: “Officer Jobbers-Miller seems motivated and eager to protect and serve his community, but is not ready for such responsibility,”
That would soon change.
Check out this quote from a police department review: “Initially we thought Adam was not going to make it through the training program, but he made a great change and since he was released from the FTO program he has become a very good law enforcement officer.”
Since becoming a full time officer Adam has been noted for his service several times. He was even selected as officer of the month after arresting two people when he and another officer found drugs, money and a gun in their car.
Throughout his personnel file there are notes admiring his punctuality.
“He usually reports to briefing 15 minutes earlier than the assigned time. He uses that time to get his patrol vehicle prepared and his computer signed on prior to briefing.”
He loved his job. He worked to be good at it. But like all of us, he was not perfect.
Just a month ago, he lost his department issued iPod. After following every lead the iPod couldn’t be recovered and he was issued a new one.
Despite a missing piece of equipment, the record show repeatedly Jobbers-Miller was a team player who wanted to serve his community.
“Adam is very dedicated and always volunteers for calls for service even when his duty day is complete.”
Now… his duty is complete.
I spent some time looking through his obituary and pictures the family posted. It is clear this is a young man who will be missed by family and friends… and by the community he swore to protect.