First, you must have a desire for excitement and believe in a code of honesty, fairness and integrity. You also have to keep perspective on the feeling of being hated. You are not! To this day, I believe the silent majority appreciates and supports law enforcement. Those who make the most negative noise are mostly clueless. They talk the talk until evil comes knocking on their door!
But at the end of the day, the job is what you make it. Treat people with respect, communicate with them and NEVER ignore a child's wave. Always do what you know to be right and live by this acronym when interacting with the public: "WITWM." What If That Were My (son) (daughter) (mother) (father). Good luck!