Cops don’t have the same friendly, fuzzy feeling you get from firefighters. After all, if you find yourself speaking to a police officer, chances are you either did something wrong or you are in some sort of danger or trouble. Still, these brave men and women step into their uniforms to ensure their communities are safe and trouble-free.
There are plenty of good cops out there going above and beyond the call of duty like the officer who took it upon herself to nurse an abandoned baby or another who used his cop car to give a family in need a lift. There is a cop in Long Island, New York, who is winning residents’ hearts, not by her good deeds necessarily but rather for her good looks.
Samantha Sepulveda is not your typical police officer.
When she is not arresting bad guys, handing out speeding tickets, and helping old folks cross the street, she works as a lingerie model.
The 32-year-old joined the force in 2010.
Three years later a friend who worked in a lingerie and swimsuit company invited her to model in their runway fashion show.
Sepulveda is not your typical model either.
She is petite, standing at only 5-foot-2.
Her height and beauty may appear to work to her disadvantage.
But the woman who was born in the Dominican Republic says despite being trained to physically take down men bigger than her, she doesn’t need to use her force.
“I talk men into handcuffs all the time because they don’t want to fight me,” Sepulveda told the New York Post.
She admits that a female cop usually helps to lower men’s urge to brawl with an officer
“With a female officer, their guard is lowered. There’s less aggression and the situation is defused,” she explains.
That doesn’t take away the fact that some men are sexist and at times don’t take her seriously taunting her with “you can arrest me anytime.”
Despite her sexy pictorials, Sepulveda swears this look is not part of her work uniform
She says she doesn’t wear any makeup, puts her hair up in a bun, and admits her uniform hides her curves.
Although she has drawers full of lingerie, Sepulveda says she doesn’t use it that much.
“I like to just sleep in an oversize T-shirt and be comfortable,” she admits.
“I try to look as masculine as possible,” she reveals.
She’s also had close encounters with assailants.
She recalls being in a patrolling car 35 miles east of Manhattan when they got a call about a man who had just beaten up his wife.
The man threatened to kill the police officers but once he got a good look at Sepulveda he allegedly raved “Holy s–t! You’re the best-looking cop I’ve ever seen! Can I take you on a date?”
Sepulveda moved with her mom and sister to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic when she was just five years old.
She said her mom worked in a factory to raise her two daughters.
Sepulveda is not just a pretty face either.
She went to the University of Massachusetts with a lacrosse scholarship, graduating cum laude with a BA in management.
From there she went to the Hofstra University in New York and earned her MBA in finance.
It appeared that a career in the financial world was more up her alley than being a cop.
“It sounds corny, but which career could I help people more in — money-driven Wall Street or civil service where you’re protecting people?” she says.
She also looked at becoming an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation before choosing the police force.
Her colleagues don’t seem to mind she has a sexy gig on the side either.
“Overall, they’re very supportive. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and if they don’t agree with it, I understand, but it’s my life. I’m a full-time police officer, I take it serious, but when I’m off I have my personal life and I model,” she explains.
The model says her part-time job is no different from cops who work as plumbers on the side.
Although, she does explain she doesn’t necessarily do it for the money.
She loves to travel and discover new countries and cultures.
“It’s two-fold. As a model I’m able to love my body, love my self. As a police officer, I learn to love other people,” Sepulveda explains. “I need to see the positive in everything and everyone. It’s nice to have the duality of the two.”
To maintain her figure she admits to working out hard.
It’s not just about looking good in bathing suits and lingerie.
“My life, my co-workers’ lives, and the lives of civilians depend on it,” she told Inside Fitness.
“For me, it’s not just about looking and feeling good, but literally about life or death situations,” she admits.
Her Instagram account is full of her photo shoots and travel adventures.
She has 253,000 followers and counting.
Her life as a police officer is not the easiest Sepulveda reveals.
“It’s definitely the most exhausting yet rewarding career I could have chosen,” she says.
Still, she has no plans to retired her blue uniform anytime soon.
Just when you think being a cop full-time and a lingerie model on the side is enough of a busy schedule, Sepulveda wants to do more.
She plans to use her MBA expertise to develop sustainable energy plants in Thailand.
She also wrote a book called American Beauty which will be released later in the year.
Sepulveda is also bilingual; she is fluent of course in English and Spanish.
She says the book was written with the younger generation in mind.
“The book is basically is going to go through the steps I have taken in my life and the obstacles I have dealt with,” she told New York’s Pix 11.
“Being a hispanic female, petite…with the police department, in the modelling world,” Sepulveda shared.
She went to further reveal that she was the first in her family to go to college.
“I just want to tell these little girls and boys really, every single thing is possible if you just apply yourself,” she says.
The cop and model didn’t realize her work would become a platform for her to help others.
She recalls speaking to a group of kids about to go to college in her uniform.
A year later one of the parents to one of the kids went up to Sepulveda in a deli and said “you know what? My son still talks about you and he’s inspired to go to college because of you.”
When Sepulveda’s second job came under scrutiny by some residents questioning her professionalism, the mayor stepped in.
Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy called Sepulveda a, “well-respected officer.” His office released a statement on January 22, 2017 from the mayor which read “Samantha appropriately executes her responsibilities as a law enforcement officer and is well-respected by the community and peers. Many police officers have legal businesses and Officer Sepulveda is entitled to the same opportunity.”