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The Job - Epilogue

Deputy Bob Cooley

The Job

I thought long and hard before I decided to add this section to my article, but I feel that I must to protect future Law Enforcement Officers from the pain and anguish that so many men and women in this and other professions of high stress experience. The beast that can rear its ugly head is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It can affect police officers, fire fighters, EMS, soldiers, sailors, marines any of us who work in high stress occupations where we literally see so much pain, suffering, death and experience sheer terror. As a police academy instructor I’ve spoken to new recruits not only about the dangers this job can bring, but the incredible stress that builds up over time. The stress of this job can boil to the point where suicide seems the only way out. I want each and every one of you who reads these lines to go to Tears of a Cop and read about this often hushed up problem not only for your own sake, but for your family and for the friends you may have or will have in law enforcement. It’s crucial that you recognize the signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because I don’t want you to succumb to the stress that this job can bring.

My Thanks To You

To all of you who have decided to pursue a career in law enforcement I take my hat off to you. You are the men and women to whom I will pass the torch and I am confident that I am passing it to people who not only can do the job, but you’ll do the job better than I did. You are the next generation to wear the blue and I wish you the best of luck and may God be watching over you when you hit the streets.

Credits

Besides the Sixth Addition of Black’s Law Dictionary, the thoughts, ideas, experiences and suggestions are all my own. By posting this article I assume no liability for your personal experiences. I wrote this as a tool for you the reader to use in your quest to become a Law Enforcement Officer. The Webmaster of “PoliceLink.com” has not compensated me in any way nor did anyone connected with “PoliceLink.com” ask me to write this article so I absolve him or her of responsibility for the content.

Obviously I cannot anticipate every possible aspect of the hiring process as it will vary from agency to agency, but I believe I have at least given you a glimpse of what to expect and this was my goal. I experienced the disappointment of failure many times during those early years and I hope by my “penning” these lines you will find them useful and maybe avoid some of the mistakes I made. If nothing else maybe I’ve answered some of the questions you might have had on this topic and if it helps you then I’m gratified that my efforts were not in vain.

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    Trish_Gee

    over 2 years ago

    456 Comments

    Deputy Cooley,

    I just want to thank you for taking the time and writing such an immense and detailed article like this. So many questions and concerns I had were literally answered with your own experiences. I am jumping in my seat with anxiety and passion for this choice of life. I will take your words of advice and experience to heart and try to apply it to my own career. Thank you once again and I too take my hat off for you, for the honest dedication and hard work you have put in.

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    justiceequality19

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    im up 4 the challenge.... I want to make a difference in my community and help people out, thats my dream and ill do whatever it takes in order to obtain it...

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    smithjohn21061

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Deputy Cooley -

    Thank you for giving, a person such as myself, whom is actively looking to become a member of his local county's Police Department insight and knowledge. I shall follow all the things that you mentioned, so that I may show that I am ready and willing to become an Officer of the Law.

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    nellie_fera

    about 5 years ago

    486 Comments


    Wow, the way to becoming a police officer in the U.S. is so long, but will not give up. Here in Brazil I did a exam and the police academy to become a cop, but I guarantee you start all over again.

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    DebraS

    about 5 years ago

    8 Comments

    Deputy Cooley,
    The time and effort of your lines, along with your ambition to pass the information on is amazing. Its an honor to be able to be informed on such an experinced proffesional. Thank you.

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Wow. Thank you sir for all the time you've put into these pages. Thank you for your service as well. As for me, I just sent out my application today for the Annapolis PD. HAHAHA! Oops I did use white out! I read these pages to late! Thank you again.

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    futureofcr

    over 5 years ago

    20 Comments

    Thank you Deputy Cooley for sharing your expertise and experience with us all. Whether anyone wants to be a police officer or not this is one of the most valuable pieces of information I have come across. A must read for anyone wanting a job in service to others and to those whom are not humbled in the face of those who put their lives on the line for the protection of us all. I love the United States Of America!

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    Alida

    over 5 years ago

    8 Comments

    Hello!

    I'm from Canada, and your article is helpful and definitely makes sense!

    Thank you for taking the time to give your advice to us newbies :)

    Alida

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Thank you sir for taking the time to type up this information here. I am a correctional officer looking to switch over to being a police officer and I found that you answered 95% of my questions here.

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    Anonymous

    almost 6 years ago

    thanks for all the very helpful information! i really really appreciate your willingness to help!!

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    Transporter07

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    This revelation is very interesting and will really help to people who will pursuit a law enforcement job, Thanks for the the info.,Sir, Keep safe.

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    jbenz8604

    over 6 years ago

    56 Comments

    Your artical has been extreamly helpfull to me. I've been trying to research how to become an LEO for a few months without much success. policelink.com & your artical have been the most helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to write & post all of this out for so many people's benefit. And also thank you for all your years of service.

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    ValyCop

    over 6 years ago

    216 Comments

    Folks please do not post your questions here, post them in "Law Enforcement Careers." Your questions will be answered there.

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    llobo4

    almost 7 years ago

    8 Comments

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING SO MUCH INFORMATION ON THIS ARTICLE.
    I HAVE MADE A LATE CAREER CHANGE IN LIFE AND WENT ON WITH A DREAM I HAD OF BEING AN L E O,DROVE A SEMI- TRUCK FOR OVER 23YRS AND HAD THE PREVILAGE OF BECOMING AN AUXILIARY OFFICER IN MY NEIGHBORING TOWN BEEN WITH THEM FOR 2 AND HALF YRS AND LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF MY JOB. DUE TO MY AGE I CAN ONLY EXPECT TO BE PUT PART TIME BUT AM WILLING TO TAKE IT AND STILL BE HAPPY, YOUR ARTICLE HAS HELPED TO INFORM ME OF WHAT TO EXPECT AND ONCE AGAIN I THANK YOU FOR ALL THE INFO.

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