Police Officers friends or enemies

@Hatley (164229)
Garden Grove, California
March 25, 2008 12:52pm CST
If you could start over and change career fields would you consider becoming police officer? When I was just out of high school someone had asked me if I wanted to join the police force and I said no way. Today more than ever that is the last career choice I would make. I have great respect for the police here but that is one job that would scare me spitless. I could never work where I knew I was putting my life on the line every day no matter how worthwhile the profession is. What about you mylotters what is your take on this career choice?
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
26 Mar 08
Somehow, I am not the blue-collar kind of guy. I have never thought of signing up for a uniformed service like the Police, Army, Navy or Air Force. I prefer professional white collar work in an office environment. I studied till university level and after I obtained my degree, I chose to go into the field of Information Technology, and started work as a systems analyst/programmer and worked my way to a management level. I much prefer knowledge work, where I have to use my brains and expertise to solve problems and find solutions. In my country, they pay uniformed services quite well if you are an officer. They need to because over the years, less of the better educated people choose the uniformed services as their career. But for me to go into such a service is a no-no, even if the pay is good and I have to start my career all over again. I have enjoyed doing IT work, and if I didn't go into that line, I might have become an engineer instead.
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@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Mar 08
with the great education you have it would be a waste of everything for you to go into some thing like police work. you are where you belong. My son is a computer tech and he loves it but would like to move up but he is my computer maintenance guy here at home
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
28 Mar 08
It's good you have some IT support at home. Many people don't have that avenue and are helpless tickering the PCs on their own. In the uniformed services here, there are highly educated members, including scholars. But if you have studied to at least a university degree and join the uniformed services, you will have to aspire to higher positions, otherwise it is not really worth it. To me, to don a uniform and serve in one of these services, you need to have the passion for it, and I just don't have that passion. That's why these services are not for me.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
28 Mar 08
Hey, I just noticed you have the same star rating and almost identical number of posts as me. Let's shake hands!!
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@naseefu (1607)
• India
16 Apr 08
It is according to the person.Some police officers are very good people.The are always trying to do their duty well.But others are very bad.They torturing people who had no hand in politics.I think they must have to be our friends
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@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Apr 08
Yes I know some have been bad but here in 'Tustin we have alot of really good officers and I am so happy that we do
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I'm with you. I had thought about this career but its a hard job to do. I respect those who choose to be a police officer. It is one of the most dangerous jobs out there. I could not put my life on the line.
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@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Apr 08
me either. I am too much of a coward but Ido respect our police officers here in tustin they have always been there when we needed them and were courteous and kind too
• Philippines
26 Mar 08
I wanted to be a Medic. I always wanted to be a soldier but because I don't want to kill people I decide I want to be a medic so I can help the soldiers at war.
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@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Mar 08
I love the medical field I worked as a nurses aid for many years and really liked it so much then as I got older I needed a less strenous job so worked as a page in our Tustin library.
@chxjian (43)
• China
26 Mar 08
if i can choose my career,i think i will very happy to be a police officer.At least, i will live in an easy life.
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@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Mar 08
I would not call it an easy job but it is an necessary job.
@beccarose (121)
• United States
26 Mar 08
I don't know about the others on this mylot post. but my husband is planning on becoming a P.O. - He was a U.S. Marine, and if you only knew what they really go through.. We need the P.O's to keep the world from going to complete hell the way its looking now! - We need more out there to protect and serve our country, INSIDE the country. Now, there are good and bad cops. but I havent met a bad one yet. I support my husband, I am scared for his life, but whos to say I wont die tomorrow, having the most safe job there is.. Just driving home from work... or being hit by a drunk driver... - the Police are there to find those people and make sure they dont harm people like you and I. Someone needs to do it. just like every other job.
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@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Mar 08
You bet we do need POs like crazy and no I too have never met a bad cop but I have met a lot of very good ones and admire the jobs they do. and I also admire the huge responsibility that the P.O's have.
26 Mar 08
I would have LOVED to have been a police officer. I wanted to be a state police officer really bad but health issues prevented me from being one. Renee
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@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Mar 08
It is a good field and I admire them for all their work. Health issues plague a lot of us in taking certain jobs. I had to retire from being a nurses aid as it was just to strenous for me at my age and with mydisabilities
• United States
26 Mar 08
I wanted to be a police officer when I was young, My father at one time was an officer, I have two uncles who were officers. But the one thing I learned from them is that you must respect that badge, and hold yourself to higher standards than the normal citizens (Only one uncle out of all of the ones who were officers succeeded in doing that). I knew in my heart because of my temper that I would end up being like the others in my family save one. Unfortunately alot of cops have good intentions, they allow their attitudes to get in the way of doing the best job that they can. There are those who devote their lives to make the area that they patrol the safest they can. I have had both good incidents and bad with officers, I even got two fired, because I still believe that those who wear that badge, should hold themselves to a higher standard.
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@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Mar 08
you are so right one bad cop can spoil it for all cops and they should hold themselves to a much higher standard or that badge will mean nothing.
• United States
26 Mar 08
No, I would not want to be a police officer. But if I could go back to my senior year in high school I would join the military. The thought never even occurred to me and I grew up with a military base in my backyard. I don't know why it simply never was an option in my mind...but I would do it if I could go back.
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@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Mar 08
I have a lot of friends in the military and they are quite happy so its a good field
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
25 Mar 08
I wanted to be a cop when I was growing up, before I started to question authority. That lead me astray and I never made it into the force. I wish I had joined though what a great honorable profession. I don't think I would think about dying all day every day. I think that is a very low number of policemen that die in the line of duty in comparison to some occupations where you don't think it is dangerous but in each job you do there is a chance you will die.
@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Mar 08
you are very perceptive. It is an honorable profession but I am just a bit of a wuss but I so appreciate the job that these people do and admire them a great deal.