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What do you like most about this career?

I will like to know more about the positive side of this career #police #law #law-enforcement

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Wanda’s Answer

In order to be a good police officer you have to have a positive mindset and want to genuinely help people. I love being a police officer, as a minority woman in the field it is important to have representation. Kids need to see themselves represented in society, when I came on the job there were very few Latino females in the Secret Service. As a police officer you sometimes see people at their worst, after a crime/accident, during arrest or other event that may just be traumatizing. It has always been about helping others and the feeling of accomplishment that leaves, from helping a kid cross the street to getting the missing back home, it is always about helping. Being a true friend to the downtrodden and forgotten, helping those suffering and remaining true to self. There are many examples of good officers that you may never hear from, the news bombard us with the bad news cause bad sells, countless times a day you will see police officers helping someone change a tire or buy diapers, yet they will remain anonymous. There is no other profession that gives you such leeway in work, you can choose to warn a person rather than ticket, you can help someone struggling mentally, physically or emotionally, you can be a counselor, mentor and coach to the younger generation-this is a calling like no other and the payment is the sense of accomplishment, it's not about money.
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Kim’s Answer

The positive side of this career is that, yes, despite all the media hype, there are in fact still people who look up to the police.

There are many different types of law enforcement. In some, you will be dealing with crime multiple times a day. In others, crime rarely happens, and you end up being more of a presence, doing more of what is known as community-oriented policing. Airports, parks, schools, for example. Here, you have more time to talk to people. They expect you to be knowledgeable about dealing with life - financial management, relationship problems, car repairs, etc. Here you have a chance to make a difference in someone's day. Sometimes, just giving them directions when they are lost really makes their day - it's often the little things we do for people without even thinking about them that end up getting letters of appreciation sent to the chief.

An example: a lady was traveling alone with a 5 year old and a newborn, and was visibly stressed. I talked to the 5-year old, explained about being "the man of the family." Made him responsible for counting all the pieces of luggage every time they got on or off a plane. His behavior noticeably changed.

As a cop, you can almost guarantee that you will meet some sort of "jerk" every day. But, you will also meet a nice person. It's the one you choose to "take home with you" (mentally-speaking), that will make all the difference in the world. Remember the good in people, and you will be a good officer.
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Thomas’s Answer

For myself it was always a way I could feel that I was making a difference in people's lives. Meeting new people, learning from them by listening. Overall satisfying at the end of the day.
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