I think Kyle hit the nail on the head. When you work persons/violent crimes (Robberies, homicides, sexual assault), the case stays with you. It's not a job where you clock in, clock out, and go home. You desperately use everything you have to try to get the victim justice. On top of that, you are frequently on call which takes time away from your family. For example, you worked a normal 8a-5p shift. You get home, and a homicide goes out at 12am. You now have to get ready, go in, work through the scene, canvas, and interview witnesses. By the time you are done there, it could be 7am or later. You then start your normal shift, get a big coffee, and grind through a normal day of work. This could go on throughout your on call period. You will spend most of your time in the office collecting information, working on case files, or in court. TV rarely portrays that aspect. Everyone has their own struggles with the job, but with all that being said it could be one of the best and most rewarding careers out there.