Law enforcement officer is one of the most honorable professions one can
choose. It is not a job that anyone can do. It requires hours upon hours of
rigorous physical and mental training. To commit to being a law enforcement
officer requires dedication and sacrifice. The job sometimes requires
working long hours, working holidays and missing family events. Many times
officers have to work past their scheduled quitting time. There is no
clocking out and going home before your call for service is completed.
One might ask why anybody would be interested in a profession that demands
so much. The rewards far outweigh the demands. Saving lives,
recovering property, finding lost children, and building relationships are
just a few of the rewards of being a police officer. Of course there are
monetary benefits such as healthcare coverage, vacation days, sick leave,
and a retirement plan, but the real benefit of being a police officer comes
from the satisfaction of fulfilling your internal drive to serve others.
Most people do not have it within themselves to serve and sacrifice for
total strangers. Those who do gravitate toward the military and/or the
emergency services professions.
Being a police officer is not just a choice. It's a calling.