Is a Law Enforcement Career Right for you?

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A Law Enforcement Career is Challenging

Have you ever thought about a law enforcement career? If you decided to make a, perhaps, drastic change of career and join the ranks of the men and women in blue, would you enjoy the work?

“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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1. Is your IQ above average?
2. Could you go into your garage and sit alone in your car for 12 hours and still be alert enough to respond immediately to a distress call?
3. Could you walk into a dark building with only a gun and a flashlight (which tells anyone in there where you are) knowing that an armed and dangerous suspect is somewhere in the darkness? Oh, and he does not like cops.
4. Could you wear 20 pounds of body armor and tools of the trade (e.g., weapon, handcuffs, baton, flashlight, knife) in 100-degree heat and still be able to chase a suspect several blocks on foot.
5. Could you listen to all of the doughnut jokes and still smile whenever you hear a new one (or even an old one)?
6. Which is more important to you?
7. Would you rather


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