A Law Enforcement Career is Challenging
“I’ve gone into hundreds of fortune-tellers’ parlors, and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her.” New York City Detective
Many of us enjoy cop shows, such as the currently successful CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Television’s CSI is exciting and provides a glimpse (however fanciful) into the world of lawbreakers and law enforcers. I decided that I would join them. However, I merely added an additional career. I am a South Carolina state constable. A law enforcement career is less glamorous and more tedious than television writers have led you to believe. If you have a burning desire to protect and serve your fellow man (and woman), you probably have what it takes to wear the gold badge.
I also evaluate prospective officers using psychological, personality and IQ testing instruments. We attempt to select candidates who will adhere to the Police Ethical Standards, of which this is one paragraph:
As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidations, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.
The standards are exceptionally high, as they should be.
We also look for candidates who are friendly, caring, intelligent, polite, assertive and emotionally and psychologically stable.
Do you have the characteristics necessary for a successful law enforcement career? Let’s see.
Do you have the characteristics necessary to become a successful officer? let’s see, when you choose your best answer to the following questions. Answer the questions either “Yes” or “No” where applicable.
Would You Be a Good Cop?
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