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Rawr___051_max50

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Posted over 3 years ago

 

Can I still be a po-po if I'm smoking weed as I type?? jk ;)

Well, I'll start off by saying that very recent changes in my life have taken a toll for the worse and I'm even more focused in reaching my goals more than anything. So much, that I almost feel anxiety because I have yet to be where I want to be in life. Since the age of 10 I've wanted to be a LEO, absolutely NOTHING stops me now but having beautiful children (2) has slowed down the process.
Anyway, since the current stress I have grows on me I can't stop thinking about the moment in which I go through the hiring process. My biggest thing is the awful question "What made you decide to become a LEO?" or "Why do you want to be a LEO?" I simply DON'T KNOW. I have no answer for this. My answer is always "I don't know, I just do" Is it normal to feel this way? I'm not satisfied w "To help my community" that goes without saying. But what exactly is it? I have explored so many other career choices, even outside of LE and absolutely nothing is as intriguing to me AT ALL. I know this question has been asked time and time again here so I tried doing a search of that particular topic but I can't seem to find it. Maybe I'm looking for a specific title?? If anyone remember's that topic could you just send me the link if you wish not to answer? Any response is greatly appreciated, even if my question is annoying I'd really like to know if it's normal to not know EXACTLY WHY one would chose this career. I guess I truly just have a love for all things LE.

Silver_warrior_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

I think you actually have your answer in your post. . . . it just isn't what YOU think THEY want to hear.  What THEY want to hear from YOU is, "What is your draw to law enforcement?"  There is no pat answer to that question as everyone has a different path that they alone must travel.  YOUR path, as you explained it in your post, has been one of emptiness that you believe only a career in law enforcement can fill.  Now you just have to be able to explain why and you have a good start with your post.  You just have to clean it up and condense it down to a simpler explanation.


Good luck in your endeavors and I sincerely wish you luck in obtaining your goals.  Just remember, the goal you obtain is never quite as fulfilling as the trip you took to get there.


Steve


I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them.

John Bernard Books, from "The Shootist"

Thi_seal_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

There are more than a few LEOs that when asked "What made you want to be a police officer?" will answer along the line of "it's just something I always wanted to do." or "it is just my calling." There is nothing wrong with that answer. When it comes time to sit in front of an oral board during the hiring process I don't think telling the board that answer is wrong. When you interview just be honest and genuine in your answers. Your question might have been asked before, but it is the first time you've asked it. There is a quiz on this site that covers some of the questions that you're looking for answers for. Look in the quiz section for "Can you get past the board?" I hope this is helpful and good luck.


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1979_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

Beowolf is right, they don't want to hear any certain answer as no one answer is right. They want to know what is going on in your mind, not theirs. Sit down with yourself and think about the reasons why you want this other than just because. You might then narrow it down to simply a thought or two after that.

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

16 years into this job I still don't know exactly why I wanted to become a police officer, or why I still love the job dispite all the BS we deal with.  Dispite all my thinking and soul searching, there is no difinative answer.  To me being an LEO is a lifestyle, not a job or career.  You need to tell the panel what you feel.  An "i don't know it just feels right" is acceptable in my opinion.  I agree with previous posters on this.  Do not become discouraged and abandon your quest.  I was once told in the early 90's that it took a person an average of 7 years to become an Officer in the Chicagoland area.  I imagine its probably about the same now with the economy.  Good luck to you.


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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

There is no definate answer to that question as many have already said. I f you feel Law Enforcement is an honorable profession that you want to be a part of, then say just that! If you just feel led to that type work, then just say that! Remember, it's not a trick question. They just want to know what you are thinking. You don't have to have a certain answer!

Nintendo_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

I struggled with this question as I applied to different agencies.  I truly felt as though this career was a great way to combine my talents and desire to serve in to one career.  However, when I would try to explain this to oral board interviewers, it seemed to come out as a string of cliches. 


It boils down to this...I want to be a police officer because I think it is one of the most honorable professions on earth.  I always wanted to give more to my community, but my job took so much of my time.  When I am a police officer, my job IS giving to my community. 


Simply put, the more I learned about the career of a police officer (good and bad), the more I wanted to become one.  Other police officers I have spoke with have said "I'm a cop because I don't know how to NOT be one". 


Someone once asked me before I was hired by my department, "What will you do if you don't become a police officer?"  I shook my head and replied, "I don't know.  That's all I want to be.  I have to make it happen."


Best wishes on your journey in to law enforcement.


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Bald-eagle-in-flight_860_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

I've asked myself this question already, well before I even start the application phase, and the only answer I can come up with is similar to what everyone else has already posted.  I don't know exactly why I want to be a LEO, but I know I want to be one to help my community in some small way.