Raising the Shield: Meet a local family of blue bloods serving decades in law enforcement

Posted at 7:33 AM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 08:04:45-05

It's dangerous, unpredictable and exhausting. Police work is not for everyone.

"Police officers are on their feet thinking, and have to make decisions within seconds that could affect their life forever, or affect the other person's life forever," says Tim Davenport Sr., a retired Suffolk cop.

His daughter-n-law, Sgt. Kim Davenport and his son Tim, Jr are cops. Tim, Jr is a K-9 cop with the Virginia State Police and Kim is a deputy with the Isle of Wight Sheriff's Office.

"I've had people point guns at me. I've had people throw knives at me,"says Kim.  She says daily danger is their "normal." But to the rest of us, it's interesting, fascinating and sometimes thankless work.

But law enforcement is in their blood. They want to help people even though it means missing family meals, working long hours and being in harm's way nearly every day.

Tonight on NewsChannel 3 at 11,  we're Raising the Shield and finding out what its like for a real life family of blue bloods.