Monday, July 27, 2009

Bills

Booze, broads and bills. That's what gets cops in trouble most often. How's your financial situation? When you got hired, your agency probably did a credit check. Could you pass it now? It is easy as a young cop, making more money than you ever made in your whole life and all those things you always wanted are right there for you.

Jet ski, new sports car, new house, lots of guns, vacations, all kinds of toys. Suddenly, the young officer is working all the overtime he can get, the wife is on his neck for never being around, and he is stressed out all the time. So that young officer spends more and more time at work to say away from her nagging and to generate more money to pay the bills.

We have all seen this happen. Eventually something has to give. The officer laterals over to another agency that pays more. He starts drinking and eventually gets fired. He gets divorced and ends up living in a crappy apartment paying alimony and child support after the bankruptcy. Maybe he falls asleep on they way home after his third overtime shift this week and dies in the traffic collision. Don't let this happen to your or your partner; that's what the SGT Says.

6 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

To the new Cops out there:

If you check the original policy and procedures manual (The Bible) you'll notice that wanting more than you can afford is pretty much the main reason for all the worlds problems.

With that in mind, have fun being a Cop, enjoy your new found wealth, but don't buy a house, a boat, a harley, etc. in your first five years of service

Texas Ghostrider said...

I read this post and said Wow. It is right on the mark. I have seen it over and over again. This is one thing that is not taught in the academy and maybe it should.....

Listen to the Sgt., I do.

Bunkermeister said...

Well said P&S!

I Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Bunkermeister said...

Money management should be taught in all academies, all field training programs, and every few years it should be reviewed with existing officers.

APOA Voice said...

Heard those words many years ago...that's some timeless old school advice!

Bunkermeister said...

Police are still people and people don't change. We were the same 2,000 years ago.