Note: this is not about police K9's; just general policing. Mods feel free to move if necessary.
Years ago I was seriously considering applying for a job as a police officer. I excitedly shared this with my husband and he told me flat-out that he hated cops and if I became one he'd divorce me.
Now it looks like he's divorcing me anyway. If we can't work this marriage out, I want to apply. I feel like there are worse things a compassionate, fair, yet tough and physically strong woman can do with her life than serve and protect the community. I feel like a person of character and integrity can make a bigger difference as an officer than, say, working in a cubicle. My grandfather was a sheriff's deputy an my uncle is a retired detective. They are/were good men who are/were proud of their jobs. Unfortunately my uncle is entering early stages of Alzheimer's so I'm limited in how much I can talk with him about this.
Some questions for those of you who are officers or have family members who are:
1) Any thoughts on my becoming one?
2) I realize it's very difficult to get in. How difficult?
3) Any other words of wisdom you have would be appreciated.
I went to school to become a police officer and after I finished my first year I decided that it wasn't for me...there are some questions that you need to ask yourself on certain situations and how you think you could deal with them if they happened. My teacher was a police officer, so we got to hear stuff that happened in "real" life and not just out of the books.
1. Will you be an officer where you live and know people? This can be good or bad, but where I was living at the time there were lots of gangs and I knew lots of the kids and if there was a shooting, could I deal with knowing who got shot or who did the shooting? Could I go to either set of parents and break the news?
2. This was a big one for me and a true story...a seven year old girl is raped/molested by her uncle, but the evidence is he said/she said and the uncle walks....can you in this situation not want to do some serious harm to a person that hurts a child? As a police officer you have to walk away
3. Can you handle the political side of things...my teacher always told us that no matter how much you thought you could change things, this isn't happening if someone higher then you don't want it to change. It almost makes one feel helpless and robot like.
If you can handle all three of these situations plus a ton others then being a police officer is for you
In most places you'll have to pay for the application, fill it out--its a very long application and very detailed...your whole life will be on that application. Then if accepted you still have the physical, back ground, medical/psych evaluation, etc. Good Luck