Thinking about becoming a cop.. LOL which is weird, since I hated cops when I was younger..

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Then again, I was always in trouble when I was growing up.. So thats probably why I hated them.

But now, I'm a law-abiding citizen. I love guns. I love cars. I enjoy helping people. AND I hate sitting in the house all day - ALONE - while my girl is working. BLAH

So I'm honestly considering becoming a police officer.. what ya think?

I'd get to help people, I'd get to taze people, I'd get to drive all crazy & stuff.. LOL I think it could be fun!

Obviously I'd still be doing my online work whenever I feel like it, but a "real world" job might be just what I need. I just get so bored sitting here all day.. every day..
  • I don't know why I thought of this when I read the thread, but some years back, I was going into a convenience store...and a kid got out of a car, and asked me if I would but them some beer. He looked nervous, like this might have been his first attempt.

    "Funny you should ask me," I said, "seeing as how I'm an off-duty police officer and all"...:rolleyes:

    The blood drained from his face... and he just stood there...and looked like he was going to faint...

    Priceless!

    btw: I'm not a cop...I just wanted to see the look on his face - :p
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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

      I don't know why I thought of this when I read the thread, but some years back, I was going into a convenience store...and a kid got out of a car, and asked me if I would but them some beer. He looked nervous, like this might have been his first attempt.

      "Funny you should ask me," I said, "seeing as how I'm an off-duty police officer and all"...:rolleyes:

      The blood drained from his face... and he just stood there...and looked like he was going to faint...

      Priceless!

      btw: I'm not a cop...I just wanted to see the look on his face - :p
      The kid could hardly report you for it, but impersonating a police officer is a crime, LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post


    So I'm honestly considering becoming a police officer.. what ya think?

    I'd get to help people, I'd get to taze people, I'd get to drive all crazy & stuff.. LOL I think it could be fun!

    Now ya see? That kind of talk is just scary as hell. If that wasn't said purely in jest, do us a favor and stick to a normal 9 to 5 when you get out of the house. We don't need more fruitcakes with tasers running around in uniform.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    I may be slightly weird (no doubt on many levels) but I have always loved cops - especially the ones in uniforms (especially black uniforms).

    These are the only guys I will say 'Yes SIR' to.

    It is a dangerous, usually thankless job, however so you might want to think about that. You would be a risk to yourself, your partners and the public if you didn't realize how much responsibility comes with carrying a gun (and taze), driving erratically, etc.

    ... I hear you on staying home every day - after 8 years I am really getting depressed. Going to grocery store is a big thrill now and the highlight of my day a lot of times (sick).

    You Go, Ossifer!
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    lol yeah I know, I already know how about weapon safety & defensive driving & all that good stuff. That part of my post was more humorous than serious. That was just a joke, wasnt meant to be taken literally. lol

    & exactly!! Thats how it is man, people think "oh working from home sounds GREAT!"

    Then when they're actually doing it, they see just how boring it is.. lol
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      lol yeah I know, I already know how about weapon safety & defensive driving & all that good stuff. That part of my post was more humorous than serious. That was just a joke, wasnt meant to be taken literally. lol

      & exactly!! Thats how it is man, people think "oh working from home sounds GREAT!"

      Then when they're actually doing it, they see just how boring it is..
      lol
      It's all in how you approach your day.
      I look at Monday through Friday as work days with Saturday optional.
      The night before I plan the day.
      It doesn't matter if I'm doing $ work, house work, garden work, etc. it all gets planned into the "work day". Since I started doing that I haven't had a boring day. I'm also getting a lot more accomplished every day, even on days when I want to be lazy I end up getting stuff done now.

      If you like a little more excitement in your life though I think you're making the right choice.
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      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      Then when they're actually doing it, they see just how boring it is.. lol
      I think it depends on the person. Some people are happy sitting for hours quietly working, while other people need more human contact throughout the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    LOL - Jeez I was hoping to hear that was just fun talk, Rob. LOL.

    I have never put myself 100% online when humanly possible not to. I was at my sister's house. It drove me nuts.

    My rockhound stuff keeps me outside a lot - but usually off on my own with just one or two others at max and "if". I really get claustrophobic sitting in one room on this machine. I have just moved and am looking for some part time out in the real world. Can't sit alone like this day in and day out.

    Now if I ever make a product that puts me into the $$ category I don't need to work any more - then it will be 100% rockhound business, which means a lot of out in the field work, lapidary at home, and gem shows, so I will just have a money making hobby. I could do that with no problems and it would only cost me a little time online. Got to get the money for the travel before I can achieve that - with the cost of living continuing to climb and not having a partner and second income at home is not helping matters at all.

    So - just keeping on keeping on and hoping that there's a breaking point up ahead that will pull me over the summit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Rob,

    I don't think "it might be fun" is the right reason to become a cop. You did list one good reason (to help people) but nothing else you said tells me it's right for you.

    The fact that you're asking virtual strangers what we think of the idea tells me you're not convinced it's the right thing for you.

    As Patricia pointed out, you would be risking your life ... every day. The lives of your fellow officers and the lives of those you'd be serving could also be at risk. One mistake and someone could die. You said you've been seriously thinking about it, but joking about that kind of responsibility makes me question just how much thought you've actually given it.

    People will hate you just because you're a cop. Can you handle that? If not, if you're the kind of person that needs constant approval from others, in my opinion that works against you as a cop.

    Have you asked yourself this: "Could I kill someone?" Every cop could be in a kill or be killed situation. Could you kill someone? I thought about being a cop at one point in my life. My answer to that question was, if it was him or me I probably could, but I decided I didn't want to be in a him or me situation, so I decided against it.

    This is the kind of life changing decision you need to talk with your family about, because they have to live with your decision too. Placing yourself in danger every day can be very hard on loved ones. You need to "go inside" and find the right answer for you -- not a consensus answer from a bunch of forum friends.

    If you do decide to do it, I salute you. The world needs good cops. I know a lot of them, it's not an easy job. If you decide not to do it, there are related fields you could go into that still offer some variety and excitement with less danger -- dispatcher, for example.

    Good luck, Rob!
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      If you decide not to do it, there are related fields you could go into that still offer some variety and excitement with less danger -- dispatcher, for example.
      I have two kids that are/were on the force. One of my son-in-laws is now the Chief of Police in his jurisdiction, and one of my daughters served for many years since joining the LASD in 1989. She 'retired' 2 years ago and is now a teacher.

      She spent the last 12 years of her law enforcement career as a dispatcher. She was sought out and given a sizable raise to jump ship from one police force to go work for the State Highway Patrol where she lives. So she traded in her black and white for a desk job.

      It's an honerable profession and sure gives this old geezer a tremendous amount of pride to be associated with them.

      I'm happy to say that in the combined decades those two have spent in law enforcement neither one of them had to use leathal force. Yet.

      But the stories they can tell will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. And while it's true they never had to use leathal force, they did see more death and destruction of human lives than one would imagine. From traffic accidents to gunshot suicides they had to get used to it all.

      I'm very proud of both of them.

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        That is awesome Bill!

        My grandfather was also a police officer and Chief of Police when he retired, may he RIP!

        I was so proud of him as well, and understand your pride.

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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by Bill Farnham View Post

        And while it's true they never had to use leathal force, they did see more death and destruction of human lives than one would imagine. From traffic accidents to gunshot suicides they had to get used to it all.
        That's another good point. A friend of mine, a veteran of the sherriff's department for over two decades, never had to use deadly force either. But, last year he was answering a robbery call, red lights flashing and sirens blaring, and a teenage girl pulled out in front of him anyway. She was killed instantly. He's had a hard time coping with it, her parents are suing him and the city, and it basically ended his career and ruined his life.

        A damn fine guy, too. Such a shame.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    first you need to emigrate, as police officers are still held in high regard, corruption free, in some countries
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Foulds
    There's always the fire brigade too mate! I got talked out of being a cop when i was 18 (now 27) - i'm doing really & have a lot of potential as a sports coach BUT i still havent ruled out the firies - less chance of getting shot too, haha
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      Originally Posted by Steve Foulds View Post

      There's always the fire brigade too mate! I got talked out of being a cop when i was 18 (now 27) - i'm doing really & have a lot of potential as a sports coach BUT i still havent ruled out the firies - less chance of getting shot too, haha
      Believe it or not, I was once a "firefighter", well, sort of. In Portugal, late 70's and early 80's, there was a thing called "junior firefighters" where kids could learn the "job", and assist fire firefighting etc. Then my life went in a complete different industry (Radio DJ) but that little bug is always present.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas
    Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

    I love guns.

    So I'm honestly considering becoming a police officer.. what ya think?

    ...I think it could be fun!

    Obviously I'd still be doing my online work whenever I feel like it, but a "real world" job might be just what I need. I just get so bored sitting here all day.. every day..
    Here, it takes 2 YEARS of full-time training to become a police officer. It's not really something you do on a whim... or for fun.

    Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

    I love guns.
    And you'd instantly disqualify yourself anyway if you said that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
      Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

      Here, it takes 2 YEARS of full-time training to become a police officer. It's not really something you do on a whim... or for fun.



      And you'd instantly disqualify yourself anyway if you said that.
      And if that didn't work...he brought back-up..."I'd get to taze people"

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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    lol those things were just meant to be humorous, I wasnt serious.

    & no, down here its 6 weeks training. Not 2 years.
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      lol those things were just meant to be humorous, I wasnt serious.

      & no, down here its 6 weeks training. Not 2 years.
      6 WEEKS???
      You got to be kidding.
      Is that just for the local cops or is it the same for your troopers and sheriffs?
      Either way, that's some scary crap right there.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
        Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

        6 WEEKS???
        You got to be kidding.
        Is that just for the local cops or is it the same for your troopers and sheriffs?
        Either way, that's some scary crap right there.
        I think when I first moved to Newport, NH they must have been volunteers. A gun, a badge, and the keys to one of the 4 or 5 old Checker Cabs they painted black and white...
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        • Profile picture of the author ThomM
          Originally Posted by Dave Patterson View Post

          I think when I first moved to Newport, NH they must have been volunteers. A gun, a badge, and the keys to one of the 4 or 5 old Checker Cabs they painted black and white...
          We had those guys around here back in the 60's too
          Now in New York you go to the Police Academy and go through a 26 week training program. That is if you have the required 60 credit hours of college courses need just to get in.
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      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      & no, down here its 6 weeks training. Not 2 years.
      Seriously? If that's true, it might go some way to explaining the kind of video footage that makes up the majority of whatever US-related news gets shown here (i.e. "Bang, bang, bang... oops, everybody's dead!").

      Apparently, 10 US police officers have been shot dead this year already. That's about one every 10 days, which is astonishing.

      (Btw, 2 years is for regular police officers, who are unarmed. Specialist armed units have to undergo even more training, and you can't even apply to join them until you've been a regular 'ol copper for a minimum of three years. So nobody gets to shoot any bad guys here for at least 5 years. )
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    Too bad they didn't have tasers when Barney Fife was on TV...
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      Too bad they didn't have tasers when Barney Fife was on TV...
      Might have even brought out the animal in Otis after a couple times getting tazed...
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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by Dave Patterson View Post

        Might have even brought out the animal in Otis after a couple times getting tazed...
        I could see Barney "self-tasing"...And seeing Floyd get a jolt or two would have been fun.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Na, 6 weeks for city/county/state (i THINK state too, but not sure about that 1)
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  • Profile picture of the author cashtree
    Might as well become one now while they're still on top. Every episode of cops is the cop talking about how much he loves his job, etc...I bet... considering most of them are above the law right now, while it's illegal to film them anyway...many police presincts have been shut down, the entire things, top to bottom...so much corruptions and they have no one to answer to, they beat people, shoot people, and arrest for laws they didn't commit and nothing happens to them. I saw a video on it recently I wish I remembered the link so I could show here(not that are any shortage of those anyway...). Oh and the good cops who take a stand against corruption? yeah they get sent to mental wards like that recent new york cop, fortunately for him he recorded all the corruption for years so he blew the lid wide open on what was going on, regardless how they tried to sweep him under the rug. My guess is the economy will get worse, it'll become a police state, people will revolt, and after its all said and done, cops won't have the unchecked power they have now. I hope this is done without any revolt or economy collapse, but :\
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  • Profile picture of the author Usmile
    Well if your intention is to help people then you can do it without even becoming a cop. Entering into this position is a lifetime commitment, you I guess you have to be sure of your decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saito
    It's your decision of course, but if you do it then know going in that you will be in one of the highest narcissist-coworkers-per-capita industries on the planet, second probably only to doctors.
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