Behind the Badge: From Romania to on the road in Culpeper and loving it

Mimi Miller, 38
Deputy, Patrol Division, Bravo Squad
Married: One son
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Redskins Football

Mimi Miller was born behind the Iron Curtain in Romania. She grew up under the rule of a brutal communist government â?? America not even something she thought about. She studied law but wished she could become a police officer. Then, as often happens, life takes a twist, Miller met her future husband and left her home, her family, and her studies for a new life in a new world.

She and her husband settled in Culpeper moving here from Texas. She took a secretarial job with the Commonwealth Attorneyâ??s Office, became a citizen, completed a Paralegal course and gave birth to her son. Life settled into a routine — and then she found herself having to decide whether to join the Sheriffâ??s Department or remain a legal secretary. She jumped at the chance to fulfill a lifelong ambition and hasnâ??t looked back.

Miller graduated second in her class academically at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in May 2013 earning as many bruises during her â??defensive tacticsâ? course as she did high grades. Now she patrols the roads of Culpeper ready for whatever comes her way.

â??What I mostly like about the job is that in one day of work you go from enforcing the law to being a counselor for a family or a troubled teen, to being a listening ear for an elderly person. You never know what you will have to deal with next.â?

â??Weâ??re not just here to enforce the law,â? Miller explained. â??Many times we find ourselves helping people with situations they donâ??t know how to fix themselves.â?

â??Thatâ??s my greatest satisfaction,â? she said.

While Miller likes people and naturally has an open attitude she has learned that sometimes the situation requires her to â??stay on her toesâ? whether it be on the side of the road or at a locked down Culpeper County High School.

She was one of the first deputies to respond to a report of a man with a gun at the school last October. As she reconnoitered the halls that day she said the only thing she could think about was to catch the suspect before anyone got hurt.

Sheriff Scott Jenkins says Miller serves the county well. â??Pound for pound,â? he said, â??you canâ??t find a tougher patrol officer. She is a real asset.â?