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1979_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Today in many locals they have the Explorer program that helps young people who are inclined to become LEO's a chance to 'get a feel' for the profession. I highly recommend that any individual take advantage of the military first. That does build character and maturity. You will also be better prepared for the para-military life style of the LEO. If at all possible you might even volunteer as a 'Police Reserve' or whatever you call them in your hometown. This gives you a much better idea of what being a cop is like. It seems that most Officers leave within the first 5 years on the job and if they last 9 years then they will probably make a career out of it. Have a degree just in case the job isn't what you really want. Yes you need to major in CJ but it is still not difficult to add degrees in other areas after that.Like most of the guys here, I did not want my boys to become LEO's. One came very close and was even accepted into the FHP but discovered how much more he could make as a business owner while waiting for the Academy to start up so turned down his slot. He is a millionaire now in his lower 30's so he definitely made the right choice!

Th_ninja_1__max50

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I read what you said ODINSbetterhalf thought about it then told myself I want to be a cop no matter what i go through on the Job when i get there. I know the dangers and the sacrifice i will have to make.


The only way fo evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

just curious, but could you list all the dangers and sacrifices you will be making ??

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I don't know all of the dangers and sacrifices but what i do know I've read here on this site, some of the dangers are cussed at, yelled at, shot at, things thrown at me, car accident, punched at, stabed, and the heart breaker called names lol oh and being teased like "Hey cop want a doughnut" lol(I've been teased with that doughnut stuff already).
then the only sacrifice i know is being killed or hurt in the line of duty and leaving my family behind.


The only way fo evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

being killed and leaving your family behind is not a sacrifice. you might want to ask someother cops their opinion on the real dangers.

Th_ninja_1__max50

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

What would be consider a sacirfice?


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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

For one, your social life. My wife and I could not go out and have a good time because it was a small town and everyone knew the Deputy. Rumors would abound and true or not, cause for concern. A lot of what we wanted to do, we couldn't because it wouldn't look right. This is a big sacrifice. And one that led to divorce. I was still a cop though. This is only one of many. Most sacrifices don't happen in the line of duty. They are sidline effects.


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Bad_cop_max50

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Can you stand being looked at differently by members of your family that have broken the law? I have family that won't socialize with me because I am now the "enemy". Do I care? Hell no. It just proves that they aren't truly family. Are you prepared to lose people that you once called best friends? The ones that you thought were your friends abandon you when you get the badge pinned on. Are you prepared to be armed when you take your family out for pizza when you know that you will run into someone you arrested that wants to hurt you. They now know who your family is, now your family may be in danger. Are you preparted to watch the person that was involved in a major accident die in front of your eyes and have them tell you "tell my mom I love her"? Can you stand there and watch death? Can you stand all of the birthday parties, Christmas parties, New Year's Parties, family time, spouse time, personal time, and anything else that you are used to taken from you for the calling of becoming a LEO? Can you be looked at for all of the answers when nobody else knows what is going on? Can you take charge of a situation that is hell on earth. Youngsters don't know how the job is. They just see it on T.V. It is totally different here in the "real world". Mom and dad aren't there to hold your hand. You have to hold your own hand and most of the time make a fist. Can you lay the law down when you are in fear of your life? Ask yourself these questions. Imagine being there with your legs shaking, the rattle in your voice when giving commands to a person that has a gun. You are going to be putting yourself in some shoes that won't fit until you can make them fit. LEOs are the most multi-talented people in the world, having to switch from counseler to enforcer in less than a seconds time. Can you do it? I know we can. If and when you can do that you become part of the family.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Hey, DLT, your post brought back so many memories, my legs started shaking in retrospect. A lot of people don't realize that LEOs face there own fear and private demons more than they face the public. Many is the time my first instinct was to bolt and run. I had to belay that instinct and do what I was sworn to do and that, my friend, is tough. When you think of what you have to do with the tools you have to do it with, its a daunting task. One other point I'd like to add to your well written post is that not only is the job near impossible to perform, but you have to perform it under ridiculous restrictions set forth by politicians who have no clue. They tie our hands so we can't perform the way we should and then we take the heat as if it were our fault. An LEO shoulders a lot of burdons that aren't his nor did he create the situation. This is a sacrifice of ones self. LEOs could get the job done a lot better if non LEO politicians and law makers would just back off and face the reality that is not the reality they percieve.


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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

This discussion is so pointless... Either someone is stupid and thinks that being a cop is just like on TV, or else the people who admit to understanding at least SOME of what LE is really about are slammed just because they don't know everything. How exactly are you supposed to know if you can "handle" something until you actually have real life experiences with it? I give up trying to convince anyone that I'm willing to take on all the bad situations, and I'm not going to argue anymore, (What's the point? Convincing you doesn't affect anything )if you want to think that EVERYONE who wants to go into LE that posts on this site is an idiot, that's fine, I really don't care, you're entitled to all your opinions... This is my last post in this "discussion", probably on the entire site unless I have a question I can't find the answers to by researching it online. Congratulations, you've finally gotten rid of a "kid" on here, there will now be one less moron to bother all of you...Have a nice day.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

I don't think anyone is trying to talk down to you, Vermilion, we're simply attempting to put forth some very real screnarios for all of the hopefuls here to consider. Yes, there are MANY who believe that police work is extremely close to what they see on television. Does that necessarily make them stupid? NO. It means they are uninformed. Ignorance and stupidity are two different animals altogehter.

One breed that bothers me, personally, are "chest thumpers", and these days, many hopefuls and rookies fall into this category. These are people who think they know everything before they've experienced it, and those who think they're automatically tough enough to handle any situation. A good example is a rookie or hopeful that brags about being perfectly willing and able to "blow somebody away". Let me be the first to say, that while I'm fully capable of taking life, I don't WANT to do it. I will pull a trigger without hesitation when the time comes, but would rather not have to do so. I can say that, because I've been placed in that situation. I've been forced to make the choice of whether or not another human being would live, or die by my hand. However, until you've stood in that spot, and looked down those sights as you've listened to your own hearbeat, you have NO idea what you'll do.

Please keep in mind that we're trying to make sure all of the young people are as educated and prepared as possible, before stepping off into the deep end of the pool like some of the rest of us did in the past. The best way to deal with that kind of information/advice is to be humble, and show humility. Don't allow yourself to become a "chest thumper".

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Hear, hear Buzzkill! I'll take the quite attentive rookie over the big-mouthed self proclaimed bad-ass rookie any day.

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I've got two boys and I hope they go on to work in the space program, or become physicians. I've been on the job long enough to know that I want better for my children. My father was a federal agent and he wanted better for me, I just didn't listen....If it was good enough for my father, than it's good enough for me.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Your best bet is to hope they don't turn out like you. But if they did it wouldn't be too bad, you are a jovial fellow after all!