Thursday, June 18, 2009

Off Time

What do you do on your time off? Do you spend all your time reading my blog, shooting, hanging out with cops? While all of those are good things, you should not spend all your off time doing them. Law enforcement often becomes a lifestyle. We sometimes think it is us vs them. It is not, we are part of them. We are all citizens of the nation.

It is okay to go out and meet those other people. Sure, some of them will be worried that you are in law enforcement, but that gives you a chance to tell people who you are and what you are about. Law enforcement should not be kept hidden away. We should be proud of what we do and share it with other people.

You need to have interests outside law enforcement. Hunting, camping, fishing, stamp collecting, or even army men or blogging. Often when officers retire or otherwise leave law enforcement, they don't have a good time. Sometimes law enforcement becomes a persons whole life and then don't know what to do withthemselves; that's what the SGT Says.


*Goddess* said...

Do you and your wife ever find people not wanting to socialize with you because you're law enforcement?

Bunkermeister said...

I live in a conservative part of California, and so it is not generally a problem for me, and I generally don't want to be around those kinds of folks either.

It does happen, usually at more general gatherings. Like the soccor moms who don't know they are talking to a cop and complain about the police.

Protect_and_Serve said...

Those people are the "them" in the "Us vs Them" mentality that most Cops have.

Bunkermeister said...

It only becomes a problem when cops begin to view everyone who is not a cop as a "them."