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10 Years Experience
Around the Way, FL
Cheating death and fighting communism: that is how a fellow officer once described our job. It was meant to be funny, but as time went on it seemed all too true.
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Do cops become cops to protect people, or because they enjoy the power? (Funny movie scene to illustrate the point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGfYX7NmYnU.)
Generally, cops are alpha personalities. Think about it: passive people don’t seek out the most violent criminal elements in society and try to stop their anti-social behavior. Some officers are more “touchy-feely” than others, but at the end of the day, you have to be more “hunter” than “nurturer” to do the job. In fact, an FBI study illustrated the more easy-going an officer was, the more likely he would be killed. I think it is very rare for officers seeking power to actually get into police work. Most people craving power are the bully-types, who are ultimately cowards. Cowards don’t make it in this profession. Instead, many officers got into the job because they had a fundamental desire to try to help their community. No doubt, there are some unqualified people who seek employment as an officer. Most of these get weeded out in the pre-employment testing. At virtually all law enforcement agencies in the US, candidates have an extensive background investigation plus must pass a polygraph and psychological examination. Even with these safeguards in place, a few idiots make it through. Most of these get weeded out in the training process, but a few do make it into the ranks. As they say, there are bad apples in every profession. Unfortunately, officers have a great deal of power and bad apples in police work can cause major problems.