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What does the usual or average day for a law enforcement officer look like? What does it consist of? More specifically for a Deputy Sheriff/Sheriff.

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Danny’s Answer

Josiah, my brothers in Blue have done a pretty good job of answering your question and I see you have a true interest in the career field. It is becoming more and more difficult to find people wanting to be law enforcement officers. Not the most popular of fields but IS one of the most exciting and rewarding fields that exist, as long as you realize it is a CAREER and not just a JOB!

Having over 44 years of experience in the field (30 as a police officer/homicide detective and 14 in related law enforcement fields) the best advice I can give you and/or anyone else who asks what type of education they need for the field, I say this. Take classes and pursue a degree in a completely UNRELATED field, for a couple reasons. The police academy will teach you all of the basics to become a police officer. But what happens if you become injured, or if after a few years you find out this isn't for you? Now what? If you have that additional outside education, you're set! You may also be able to use it for side jobs as a police officer! I also recommend becoming a RESERVE police officer first if you have ANY doubt. That way you get a taste to see if it is for you, before you make that full commitment. And as a reserve officer, you would be a preferred candidate for a full-time position if/when you make that decision.

Good luck Josiah and if you make that decision to join the 'Blue Thunder,' then welcome to the family!
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Thomas’s Answer

You will start out with making sure that you have your complete uniform, a pen and then go to roll call. You'll get your assignment sector or beat number vehicle you're assigned to, you'll check your vehicle and do a vehicle inspection and make sure that you have the equipment that is assigned to that vehicle such as flashlights traffic vest AED. Completing your vehicle check you will contact dispatch let them know you're available for calls , log on to your computer and sit back and wait for the calls they could be anything from an assist for sick or injure to an armed robbery homicide etc. You will then have reports to complete for the various calls of service that you received these can be as simple as a motor vehicle crash report. You may as a deputy also be called upon to work the jail work the courthouse or transportation. But to sum it up that's one of the best things about the job is each day it's something different. Hope this helps
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the detailed response Josiah
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