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Is policing enjoyable?

Is being a policeman/woman actually enjoyable? I mean in big cities like La, Chicago, NY. Is it too much of a rough experience or can it be fun?

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Daniel’s Answer

The profession can be enjoyable yes. I have been in policing since 1995 in a medium size police department in Southern California. Policing will vary from state to state for sure, however, it is very enjoyable and fulfilling to be able to help someone even in the smallest way. There are negative that come along with the job especially in this current era, but I do not regret getting into my chosen profession at all. Over 99% of law enforcement are doing the job professionally and ethically, like any profession you can find fault in some. Remember the goal is to help and try to curb crime and if you can do that each and every day.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Alessia, thank you for your question. First of all, I am glad you seem to have an interest in law enforcement at such a young age. You need to understand that being a police officer anywhere in this day and age is a very situation, I'm sure there are times when they have moments of levity but mostly there to busy trying to keep their community's safe. Best of luck
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Danny’s Answer

Every job has its good and bad points, and every job has parts that are enjoyable and parts, not so much. Today’s policing seems to be less enjoyable than my day (1980-2010.) During my time, I used to say, "I cannot believe I'm getting paid to have this much fun!" When I was asked to work overtime or a special detail, I was stoked! Not because I needed the extra money (that didn't hurt either) but because I could not get enough. No two days were ever the same and once I built up my defenses against the ugliest parts of the job, the rest was gravy!

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!
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