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This is a discussion on Requirements to be a police officer within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by retired badge 1 Interesting. The OP starts a thread with a premise, followed by multiple responses that generally chew that premise to ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired badge 1 View Post
    Interesting. The OP starts a thread with a premise, followed by multiple responses that generally chew that premise to little pieces of nonsense, then the OP chooses to respond in a bit of a lecturing manner.

    Keep watching TV dramas and cop movies. Don't trouble yourself with a career in a field that you already know more about than those who have been there and done that.
    That wasn't very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonGuy View Post
    That wasn't very nice.
    The world is not always a very nice place. Occasionally a bit of reality therapy is a good thing.

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    Why do people become police officers?? Cant be the pay or the hours.
    Those are my principles, and if you don't like them.....well, I have others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit212 View Post
    Why do people become police officers?? Cant be the pay or the hours.
    Back in my early days walking a beat the old timer who was breaking me in told me, "Kid, if you need a lot of love you should join the fire department".

    He was right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit212 View Post
    Why do people become police officers?? Cant be the pay or the hours.
    I got into law enforcement so I wouldn't be shamed eating donuts. By the way we call them crime fighting biscuits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired badge 1 View Post
    Back in my early days walking a beat the old timer who was breaking me in told me, "Kid, if you need a lot of love you should join the fire department".

    He was right.
    Lol got an uncle who is a fire chief in Austin always says “everyone loves when we pull up to their place......it’s usually on fire”.
    Nobody wants to see the police parked in front of their place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit212 View Post
    Lol got an uncle who is a fire chief in Austin always says “everyone loves when we pull up to their place......it’s usually on fire”.
    Nobody wants to see the police parked in front of their place.
    The last thing you want to see, if you're a firefighter based in a station where yummy donuts are delivered often by an appreciative community, is a bunch of police cars parked out front.

    Comparable to Pharaoh watching a mighty swarm of locusts devouring everything in their path!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonGuy View Post
    When it comes to the requirements to be a police officer, this might sound obvious but I would think it would depend on exactly what kind of police officer you want to be as there are many different types of police officers. For instance, a regular patrol officer does not have the same kind of requirements as, say, a homicide detective or a vice officer.

    Being a detective in my opinion is one of the more fun and fascinating jobs in law enforcement although I would conclude that its more demanding than being a standard patrol officer. To be a detective you've got to be really smart so I would say it would be best to be a graduate from an ivy league college if you want to do that. At least from what I see in the movies and television detectives do carry sidearms concealed but they do not have a whole entire tool belt of weapons that includes not only a sidearm but also pepper spray, billy clubs, tasers, and so forth.

    Also, while Im quite sure a detective gets a higher salary than a standard patrol officer, I would still want to be independently wealthy if I am going to take on such a job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonGuy View Post
    That wasn't very nice.
    His response was direct and to the point, and I think rather "on point" as well.

    You started this thread with a series of statements, based upon your assumptions. Now, we ALL make assumptions, everyday, every single one of us. The rub comes in when we have to test our assumptions up against reality. When our assumptions are beat up by a bunch of contrary facts, do we cling to our previous assumptions like a sailor cast adrift clings to his life-preserver, or do we do the smart thing and reevaluate and modify our initial assumptions??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaplain Scott View Post
    When our assumptions are beat up by a bunch of contrary facts, do we cling to our previous assumptions like a sailor cast adrift clings to his life-preserver, or do we do the smart thing and reevaluate and modify our initial assumptions??
    Everyone needs to learn how to swim without life preserver support.

    And if that makes sense to anyone, please explain it to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Everyone needs to learn how to swim without life preserver support.

    And if that makes sense to anyone, please explain it to me.
    I would...but I'm not on the Christmas Card List!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    I would...but I'm not on the Christmas Card List!
    And if you had explained it to me, I would have added you to the list. But noooo! No chance now.
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    Brother, sometimes I want to say...Go ahead, make my day.........ughhh.....wait...that's not it...you make my day. That's it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retired badge 1 View Post
    Back in my early days walking a beat the old timer who was breaking me in told me, "Kid, if you need a lot of love you should join the fire department".

    He was right.
    When I was going through the Reserve Academy, the night we were doing room/building clearing, they had a slide that said: "FIREFIGHTERS: Because even cops need heroes"

    (That was also the night that I learned that these young cops didn't know how to operate the thumb safety and clear my 1911. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownInTheDark View Post
    I got into law enforcement so I wouldn't be shamed eating donuts. By the way we call them crime fighting biscuits.
    You should check out Krispy Kreme, they just opened a store nearby. They're better than Dunkin Donuts in my opinion.
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