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Posted almost 2 years ago

 

I have been asked multiple times, Why do you want to be a police officer?


I feel like its what I should be doing, I can't say that there is really an actual reason... It is just what I am attracted to and feel like I would be happiest doing.


I am a Criminal Justice major, an Intern at a Sheriff's office, and have been on ride alongs before that. It is what I am interested in. So I would like to hear from current and retired officers, Why ya'll are or why ya'll were LEOs? What is the "best" answer in your opinion?


I am a part of a fraternity, alot of people look down on them. I did, I didn't know anything about them except from movies like Animal House before college and didn't want that. Now, being part of one, it has been one of the best decisions of my life. Getting to my point, when looking at the fraternities I was asked what I wanted to get out of a fraternity, again I had no idea, I didn't think I wanted anything to do with them. Now I know what I have recieved out of it and what I enjoy and what I would say but I dont feel like there is a great understanding before you join.


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I was a life guard at a car wash and wanted to be a fire fighter. I stood in the wrong line and was hired as a cop.

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 I  did the same thing you are doing, and I knew it was a calling. Some times you just know when you are meant to do something, and no other job matches it. I didn't want to sit in the same place doing the same thing everyday. I wanted a job where I'm independent and every day is a new adventure. I figured life is too short to waste it climbing some ladder, so I got into law enforcement to do a job that let me reach ordinary people on a personal level and maybe do some good every once in a while. You will get out of this job what you put into it, and if you always put the citizens first then your rewards will outweigh any big bonus you could get in a dead end corporate job. It's a mostly thankless job, but when you know you really helped that one person in some small way, it makes up for all the hours of bordem and hatred and you remember why you signed up. Good luck!

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Bump, ethan. While I'm currently not an LEO, I am already employed within the LE field and it's the best decision I've made. Prior to the career move, I did everything from assembly line to manufacturing, being a legal secretary to a mortage assistant. Those jobs served their purposes but I'm happy I made the move and now am just waiting for a chance to get to the academy and be certified. 


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Law enforcement is something you will not understand or know if it is for you until you have tried it for a while. There is that one moment in your career that is a turning point of "is this really for me?" that will determine whether being a police officer is really your calling. Many do not have this turning point moment for several years while others are done in the first year.....and that's okay. Being a police officer is not for everybody.


As far as who to put first...I'm not trying to be picky, but put your family above all else. After that, you can worry about your job and the community you protect. There is no point to save the world and lose your family. Police work is tough on families, and new officers fall so much in love with every thing law enforcement and little by little start to lose the things that really matter to them in life.


I got into LE to help troubled youth. That was my sincere motivation at the time. I was put in as a school resource officer to start with. My intentions have not changed, but I am a bit more jaded to the world now. I do what I can to help families as a whole and spend a lot more time counselling and less time writing tickets. I try to fix problems, not create more stress.

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it shouldn't matter why you want to be one. there does not have to be a reason for everything.... its not really a question you can answer if you just feel called to do it. i could have been a ton of things but i chose law enforcement because i felt called in that direction ever since i was a young child. some want to spend a career in Corrections and not on the Road.. I am a road warrior and proud of it but dont ask me why i wanted to be one because i just wanted to..

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You might look on page 2 of The lobby and read the thread "why do you want to be an officer?"  Realize that  you will get tongue -in cheek answers as well as more or less serious ones.  Uncledennis1 really wanted to be a guard at a blue bunny ice cream warehouse where they store butter brickle ice cream.


A more serious answer is that to many  being an officer is felt as a calling, you almost feel impelled to become one, with all the good and bad.

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Awwh, I dunno!  Free donuts was the draw for me!


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In 1961, I was standing on the corner of a busy street near my school. An officer in a black leather motor officer's jacket reached down and walked me across the street. I don't remember his face: He was so tall that I couldn't see that high. I just remember his protective hand in mine. He might have even been an equestrian officer. Lots of officers were on horses in those days.


From that point on, I knew that law enforcement was what I wanted to do. I had a few detours until I landed in LEO-Land. I put in a full career and retired with my health, my sensibilities and a public safety pension that's 'amazing'.


Even with all my colleague's wizen-heimer responses, they will say essentially the same thing: It's just something you know you have to do,... something you want to do ... something that is inside of you.


And there is a reason it has to be this way. Our jobs can be so stressful, so ugly, so incredibly demanding that you need to rely on something more than law enforcement being just another job.


It has to be a 'calling' for you to survive.


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Frankly it is a combination of all the statements above.I simply wanted to be a leo since I was old enough to develope my first human thought.Not necessarily playing with guns,operating a speeding vehicle with weird lights and developing loud,strange noises.I was 6'1"-235 lbs,. and yes,still had the dog manure scared out of me a few times.I was shot,stabbed and cut a couple times and would be thrilled to do it all again ,in a heartbeat.What a beautiful sight it is to see and hear sirens and lights coming from all directions when you broadcast a "HELP" call.This is the tightest ,strongest,closest family on earth and they are beothers and sisters forever.You'll never be rich in the pocket book but your spirit and pride definately will.I just tried to make a possible positive difference and can only hope and pray I did.Oh yeah,I still love doughnuts.

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OK I agree with all posted but the whole thing about donuts and cops I dont't get. We do not have a single donut shop in our county. What am I missing out on. LOL


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gudercop says ...



OK I agree with all posted but the whole thing about donuts and cops I dont't get. We do not have a single donut shop in our county. What am I missing out on. LOL


 


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Hey GuderCop, you're not missing out on anything. I totally gave up donuts when I went into law enforcement. I just didn't like the association with my work and donuts. To this day I still have not had a donut. Even my kids tried to lure me into a Krispy Kreme when they were all the rage.


So, donuts? Nah, nothing there. It's even missing the middle part.



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LOL thanks Sarge


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Maybe its just me however, when I made application I only told my parents and a couple of close friends. A friend of mine told the world and was not appointed. Some people had a field day with his rejection. My suggestion is not to broadcast to the world.