Saturday, December 27, 2014

Why Are You A Cop?

Do you remember why you became a cop?  To help people?  To get a good job that pays well and has good benefits and a decent retirement?  Because it's exciting?  There is a comradeship with the other officers?  There is something different every day?

After a while, officers sometimes forget why they became cops.  They start to think of the citizens as the enemy rather than the people they have sworn an oath to serve and protect.  Officers begin to think they are not paid enough.  They find the majority of the time things are pretty mundane.  Officers make friends with each other and find there are some they don't like much.  Even though every day is different, they are seldom all that different.

Complacency is one of the greatest killers of cops.  We forget why we became cops.  We forget that anything can happen.  We forget that we are supposed to help one another and watch out for each other.  We stop wearing our vest, we stop buckling our seat belt, we don't roll to back up our partner and we don't call for backup.  Remember why you were a cop; that's what the SGT Says.

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