In the early 1990s, Briggs left the military to become a guard at the San Quentin State Prison. He left one intense, stressful job for another. Every day, he would show up to work and monitor prisoners. It was a different job and it suited him just fine—for a while.
Eventually, he decided the job wasn’t the best fit for him. He decided that he might be a better fit as a highway patrolman, which led him to work for the California Highway Patrol. This decision would change his life and other people who would encounter Briggs during his patrols.