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The Blue and You

Sergeant George Godoy

A police officer’s world is populated by unsavory characters, regulated by laws, regulations and policies, and powered by spikes of adrenalin. A police officer’s life is a balance between work and home, like every working person, but an officer’s work is more than just their job -it is also who they are.

The uniform, badge and gear may come off when an officer reaches home, but the authority, sense of duty and commitment to community can never be laid aside. The training and dedication every officer carries with them is, and must be, ready to be put into action at a moment’s notice – whether the officer is on duty or at home sipping a cool drink and grilling steaks.

Police officers operate in black and white, good and bad parameters – a necessary environment for their exacting duties. Enforcing laws and abiding by regulations leaves no room for errors, yet every officer is asked to find the pinpoint balance of judgment that enforces exactly, but also addresses the greatest good. Officers’ mental and physical resources are finite, but their desire to achieve is infinite. This desire transforms stressors that would disable many into opportunities to excel.

Quick thinking, tremendously controlled and highly adaptable, police officers see their work as an on-going professional and personal challenge, to be met with gusto and initiative. This life approach integrates deeply, making them keen competitors, able teammates and steadfast friends.

Innovative and insightful, police officers develop uniquely personalized coping techniques to manage the rigors of police work, keeping goals attainable and rewards self-defined. Establishing a solid personal identity that translates smoothly from ‘on their beat ’to’ in their home is all-important to an officer – enabling the core of their personality to remain strong for the demands of their duties and for the needs of their loved ones.

Punishing, brutal and raw, the events officers are required to control and resolve define a human reality whose existence is not lessened because an officer goes off duty. Knowing that their daily battle is but one step in a continuing war, officers believe that their battle is just and honorable – and worth returning to.

Perils abound in the life of a police officer, yet those that make the choice to enforce the law accept those perils and perceive them as an opportunity for courage; and an opportunity for courage defines life behind a badge.


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    flaurent5

    about 1 month ago

    4 Comments

    Very Powerful!! I always repect LEOs and I want to be one! But this really lets people understand that Officers are just like anyone of us with familys and a home to take care of everyday.

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    WhyzKyd

    about 1 year ago

    18 Comments

    Powerful and inspiring!

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    kadaclem

    over 1 year ago

    18 Comments

    Love this!! Inspiring words!!!

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    ggodoy

    over 2 years ago

    16 Comments

    Thanks for the nice comments. To fully understand what the police selection is, and isn't visit: http://www.policeexam911.com

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    Anonymous

    over 2 years ago

    Well said, and very true. I plan to remember these words during my future career as a police officer!!

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    rookiewanabee

    over 3 years ago

    190 Comments

    profound words.

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4978 Comments

    Knowing that their daily battle is but one step in a continuing war, officers believe that their battle it just and honerable-and worth returning to. WOW! this is powerful! and oh so true....
    Well said

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    dispatcher54

    over 5 years ago

    22 Comments

    great piece of info

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    aolude

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Any advice for the video test

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    Maguai

    over 6 years ago

    372 Comments

    NIce writing. I agree with most of what you had to say. The only place I'd differ is that the job attracts black & white thinkers.... and for sure we're forced to operate that way... but much of what we do has shades of gray in my humble opinion. That's my opinion though. I enjoyed your article. Great job.

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    tonyb2215

    over 6 years ago

    16 Comments

    I look forward to my first day on the job. Very inspiring.

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    Palmes

    over 6 years ago

    1626 Comments

    That was great!

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    securetexas

    over 6 years ago

    1038 Comments

    DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY

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    aaa111

    over 6 years ago

    2112 Comments

    perfect!

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    RDishaw

    over 6 years ago

    10 Comments

    Very Inspiring Thank You.

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