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06-07-07, 08:49 PM #21
well thanks for all the posts, I'm sure more will follow. I really have wanted to be a cop all my life, just wish now I suppose I would not have waited..
06-07-07, 09:55 PM #22
06-08-07, 04:13 AM #23
06-08-07, 04:21 AM #24Cheech Guest
I did it to give the fire department a hero
06-08-07, 09:40 AM #25
I did it to help people, until I got on the job, and realized how much of a joke that was, for the most part.
06-08-07, 12:23 PM #26
I wanted to be a cop because I thought to myself Golly gee I really want a job where people yell at me, call me names, say im harassing them because they are (insert race here) Constantly hear about how they know so and so and that they are gonna have my badge. Also I thought that babysitting was a great profession and that I would like to take care of children the rest of my life. There is alot of vomit, piss and shit but the only difference is I dont have to change diapers just hose out the back of my car and you cant forget about the constant crying. Also that ever since you were little you always wanted to go into a place and hear "i didnt do it" or "arrest that guy" or "jim they finally gotcha" but the real reason i wanted to become a cop is on my days off I love when someone finds out that I am a police officer and then they decides that for some stupid ass reason I wanna listen to their "this one time I got stopped" story and end it with "can cops really do that".....Thats what I would tell them
06-08-07, 01:20 PM #27Rookie
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06-09-07, 07:34 AM #28
well i received word yesterday, i have got pass two hurdles, next up..... lie dector test, i will pass that... well i hope anyways.. next will be the MIPI phys test..
06-09-07, 08:21 AM #29
I became a cop for the vast salary and the respect the job engenders. ..................No wait, that can't be it. I became a cop until I could find a proper job. ......Yes, that's the one.To be born an Englishman, is to be a winner in the Lottery of Life.
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06-22-07, 04:12 PM #31
I grew up hearing all the stories my dad told about the job. Sorta fell in to it. Best job evah!
06-22-07, 05:49 PM #32
Because I always wanted to be a zoo keeper
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06-22-07, 09:03 PM #33
Because ,as a juvenile,I spent so much time in a police station ,that as an adult I wanted to be paid for it
06-22-07, 10:57 PM #34
i wanted a job that i could look forward to going to every day. i needed something that i was truly interested in, something that was exciting. i wanted a job that would challenge me daily. i wanted a job suited to my abilities. i didnt want to be stuck behind a desk making other people money, i wanted to be out in the community, meeting people, making things happen. i love not knowing what to expect, i love the fact that every day i could experience something that may change me forever, and i love the commraderie (spelling), and the brotherhood.in the warriors code there's no surrender, though his body says stop, his spirit cries...NEVER. deep in our souls, a quiet ember, knows its you against you, its the paradox that drives us all. its a battle of wills, in the heat of attack, its the passion that kills, and victory is yours alone.
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06-23-07, 12:11 AM #35
A (very) long time ago when I travel the 185 miles to headquarters for my interview I had no idea what to expect. I was from a very small, very "country" town and at the time, the Superintendent of State Police personally interviewed all candidates that made it that far in the process. Sitting in an almost silent hallway waiting to be called was pretty nerve-wracking and no one had even a hint what to expect.
My name was finally called and I was ushered into the Colonel's office by his secretary who essentially, to this point, was the only person to have any contact with the candidates. I was told to have a seat across from the largest desk I'd ever seen and after an eternity of watching the Colonel (a bear of a man who looked like he could eat nails) go over my file he just laid it down, looked directly at me with a scowl and said, "boy, just what the hell makes you think you can make a State Policeman?".
I'm sure the stunned look on my face gave away the fact that the question and the manner he asked it took me completely by surprise. For some reason I now cannot fathom, I just sort of blurted out, "Colonel, the job pays $100.00 a month more than I'm making now and I really need it. If you give me a chance, I give you my word you'll never regret it".
Now, he had the stunned look. He rocked back in his chair, gazed up at the ceiling for a while and said, "you know, I think you're the first honest man to come through that door today, you've got your chance and I'm gonna' hold you to your word.
Honest to God, my heart was pounding so hard I damned near failed the physical which, I found was set up immediately next door (had to get checked by the 2nd doctor after the 1st found my pulse off the charts).
I've always wondered what would have happened if I'd blew the same sunshine up his rear he was accustomed to but thankfully, I'll never know."Stupidity's not a crime so, you're free to go..."
06-23-07, 03:55 AM #36Big Irish Sausage
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Because I like being spit on, called names, pissed on, puked on, payed next to nothing, shot at, run from by some moron who doesn't want a ticket, lied to (by everyone. Turds lie to try and stay out of jail, victims lie due to embarrassment, and regular folks lie because they think it's cool to lie to the cops), and generally disrespected by pretty much everyone.
But other than that, this is the best job on the planet, and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. Because every now and again, I actually get to really help someone, and that makes all the difference to me.
Please note, that while the first part of my answer is sarcastic in nature, it is unfortunately a true and accurate description of what will happen if/when you get on the job. So be ready for it.BR
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06-23-07, 09:54 AM #37
thanks for all the replies, I am currently waiting word on the next step. All looks good, however I have changed from the Bartlesville, OK City police reserve to the Washington County Reserve. I had an interesting meeting with the Captain of the Bartlesville Police Reserve. Thinking about why I wanted to be a LEO, I think the County Deptuy RO would give me a better chance to patrol more, that is my goal. To patrol, that would get me out in the county versus just the city limits of Bartlesville.
All good replies, thanks too all!!!
06-23-07, 09:55 AM #38
06-26-07, 03:18 PM #39
I always had a facination with police while growing up. However, in high school, I was sure I was going into Computer Science. My first year of college was for Computer Programming. But, I can't stand to stare at a screen all day and figure out where I missed a comma that's fucking up my program. I also get restless pretty easily, so a cubicle job is not for me.
I went on a ride-along with my next door neighbor and loved every minute of it. I finally got my act together after a couple more years of screwing around in school, dropping out for a few years, then going back. I realized when I was volunteering as a Reserve Officer that this is what I wanted to do until retirement.
The pay is good, the benefits excellent, and the job has significant meaning for society. I worked customer service jobs for 9 years before I got into this. I love working with and helping people (most of the time). I love not knowing what I'm going to be doing five minutes into the future.The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
06-26-07, 06:11 PM #40Banned
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I get SO TIRED of hearing people say that I joined to help the poor people who I can help and be of service ! 'B S'....
Come on people, be truthful with yourselves, not for using in front of the interview board BUT
We all joined the police to be the uniform PoPo and the thrill of the authority of the job, the excitement from answering calls and dealing with the everyday S*** B*** !! Every call and situation is different and varying and you get rewarded with car and foot pursuits and 'reaching out to touch someone!!' We love the uniform and equiptment and weapons along with getting into scraps so PLEASE, don't tell other cops like us here that it is solely for helping out citizens. The ONLY time they want us is when they or their family are in trouble. Remember the Poll!! They don't have a clue !!
Save that line for the panels who interview for acceptance...and believe me, they are thinking, he is naive, let him on and learn !!
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