13 reasons why you love being a cop
While it is not an easy time to be a police officer in America, there are many reasons why you stay in law enforcement
It is not an easy time to be an American cop in an era of police ambushes and active shooters. It is a time when this country is occupied by many naïve bleeding hearts who seem to want to lock up cops who have done nothing wrong and set free criminals who have committed numerous heinous crimes. It is no surprise that there are those days when every cop wonders, “Why do I climb into that squad car every shift?”
If you want to know the reason why you stay in this profession you just need to admit it is because you love being a police officer! If you wonder why you love it, here are 13 reminders.
1. You love saving lives
As a police officer, you will have the opportunity to save the life of a baby, a motorist, a battered woman, a criminal or all of the above. Once you have experienced the thrill of saving a life, it is human nature to look forward to the opportunity to do it again.
2. You love a good adrenaline rush
There are few jobs that provide the adrenaline rush of hearing radio transmissions such as: “Shots fired,” “Officer needs assistance,” or “Robbery in progress.” Once you have learned how to channel that rush into effective action and become the cop that other cops depend on, you’re hooked!
3. You love facing the unknown
There is an excitement that still comes over you as you roll off the ramp because even though you may not be driving into the “Great Unknown,” you are driving into the unknown and that’s great. There is danger in facing the unknown, but you do not fear the unknown, because you are a cop who is dangerous to those who are dangerous to others in need of protection.
4. You love a challenge
You love a challenge because your training and experience have transformed you into your department’s most valuable asset. You are a solution looking for a problem.
5. You revere and respect the uniform
Even though your “new cop smell” may have long dissipated, you still possess a deep pride as you look at yourself in the mirror while wearing your uniform bearing the badge, your patch and our flag. The honor of wearing it has been hard-earned. To you, the uniform is not just a suit. The uniform and all that it represents suits you.
6. You love the action
The filming of every police movie ever made starts with the director shouting, “Lights, camera, action!” In the real world, the lights are the colorful tool you skillfully use to warn, protect and distract. The cameras are in your squad and sometimes on your chest to preserve the truth that lying suspects attempt to distort. The action is as real as the blood and tears, not contrived like in the movies.
You have not pursued opportunities within law enforcement that remove you from the action. In fact, you not only stay where the action is, but you also seek it out because you are a cop who, when things are at their worst, you are at your best.
7. The tools appeal to you
Very few professions require that those engaged in that profession become a master of such a variety of tools. The list of tools available to the modern American police officer boggles the mind. You have become a master of your tools and technology and not only know how but when to use each of your tools legally for the greatest effect. In fact, our tools are cool.
8. You love being in the know
You appreciate being able to be at the scenes of the most important events in your community while knowing exactly what is going on. Others are relegated to rubbernecking as they drive by while wondering, “Wow! What’s going on there?”
9. You love working outside
Whether you work in an unmarked or a marked squad, on foot or on a bike, in a boat or on a Harley, you love working outside. Whether the sun’s shining, it’s snowing, or the rain is falling sideways, you are in your element when you are in the elements.
10. You love the camaraderie
You recognize there is a camaraderie that can be developed on a healthy shift or team that once achieved will never be forgotten. There are fellow officers with whom you can perform, adjust, adapt and overcome magnificently without a word being exchanged.
11. You love catching “bad guys”
There is a thrill and triumph that you always feel after a successful arrest of a dangerous criminal.
12. You feel special that you get to witness the unbelievable
There are so many things that happen in a police career that if you told people outside the profession about, they would think you are making it up. Every cop has those experiences, but you are one who realizes how privileged you are to have witnessed these events and lived to tell what seems to be a tall tale, but which is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
13. You appreciate life more
You appreciate your home and family even more than most. This is because you have met the homeless and been in the homes of the tormented and unfortunate. You have fought in and survived the “mudroom” between life and death and, as a result, have learned to appreciate life even more because of these experiences.
There is power in admitting to yourself that you love the life you have chosen and always will. Like the honorable sheepdog, it is in your DNA to pursue threats, protect the defenseless and sense how important your job is. As a sheepdog, you will never abandon your calling to protect and serve because one thing every faithful sheepdog knows how to do is….STAY!