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Posted over 7 years ago

 

I am not a cop but I am hoping to become one. My family and friends are so negative about my new career choice but I am trying not to let that get to me. Anyway what I really want to know is those of you who are cops do you really feel like your back is covered by the department? Do you feel like no matter what they've got your back or not so much?

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

I do not want to scare you but will let you be the judge. The agency you get hired with is going to give you a policy manuel with about 600 or so pages. At best someone will sit down with you and go over the most important ones. Then you will sign a piece of paper saying that you have read and understand. You are expected to know and recall each policy while in the field making split second decisions. If someone in the administration division gets a complaint they will take a week or two armchair quarterbacking your decision with other administrators. Then comes the disiplinary actions, termination or write ups etc...
I answer around 15 calls for service a shift and have never really violated our policy, at least no complaints founded. Once it came from the top to write me up for asking our dispatchers to take a warrant out of NCIC that belonged to another agency.(which is a no no). I am still not sure why dispatch thought this to be the case but the truth was , and dispatch was told, I was unable to locate the paperwork in our files and you can not leave someone entered as wanted when they were released on a bond(a bigger no no). Anyway, I was sitting in the LTs office and started to sign the write up and I asked if anyone investigated the matter. I loved the look on his eyes when I told him the warrant was ours and he checked. The point is, the ones that promote officers will only remember " he messed something up, what was that".
Its not bad though and for goodness sake, DO NOT KISS AS_

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Eddy said:

I am not a cop but I am hoping to become one. My family and friends are so negative about my new career choice but I am trying not to let that get to me. Anyway what I really want to know is those of you who are cops do you really feel like your back is covered by the department? Do you feel like no matter what they've got your back or not so much?

NOPE ! pretty much what naber said .............ours will hang you out to dry...........


...don't play with me , i'll keep you way up after your bedtime.....

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

The department will always look after it's own interests. When you become sworn, you need to research and become a member of an association that looks after the best interests of the officers. I'm a member of TMPA, which is a first rate organization. If I'm involved in ANY critical incident, they will have an attorney to me in less than two hours.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

It depends on the situation....if it is something that will bring negative light to the department, even though, you may have done something that you thought was in the best intrest or what you were told, when you turn around to seek the backing of admin, you might hear crickets.....

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Good points GTS VAL and Naber.....Legal Representation is a huge factor in this game...