How is day to day life being a police officer?
I am a senior in high school and I have been thinking about pursuing a career as a police officer I would like to learn and know more about police officers day to day life. Can anyone tell me what is it like and all of the things I should look forward to.
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When I first started, I loved working the midnight shift in Patrol. During that time of night, there aren't very many people out and about. So you answer calls, make traffic stops and drive around looking for anything suspicious and check your businesses to make sure they haven't been broken into. Sometimes calls are fun and some don't have a happy ending. One of my favorite calls was when a little four year old girl called 911 at 1:00 am because she couldn't find her babysitter and was afraid she was home alone. I found the babysitter upstairs asleep and about scared her to death when she saw me. You could go from a call like that to one where someone has died. So your emotions can be all over the place. But you have a job to do and you focus on that. You could be in the middle of an intersection directing traffic and it's 90 degrees, or 25 degrees. You just never know what will happen on the next call or traffic stop. But you are prepared and ready for anything.
After you have gotten some experience, there are a lot of different areas you can move into. You could move into the Investigative Division, Crime Prevention, Traffic Division or even work in a school as a Resource Officer. You could also become a supervisor like a Sergeant, Lieutenant or Captain. You are not locked into one area forever, unless you want to be. If you like helping people, this job can be very rewarding. I've been in Law Enforcement for 32 years, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.
The exciting calls are always neat to go to even still. This job has allowed me to meet many great people and do things most cant do. You will have stories to tell your grand kids they will love.
As a tip, I recommend an associates degree in something law enforcement related and then obtain additional education in business, computers or accounting. These will help you more in your future.
Do some ride a longs with your local police. Most Police Departments offer these at no cost and it gives you a front row seat to the career.