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    Cool Why did you become a LEO

    Hello all,

    This is for the LEO'S.
    I am in the process of becoming a LEO and when they ask me why I want to be a police officer, I am not sure what to say. What would/did you say?
    Thanks

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    What they are looking for is why you want to be police. What were the reasons you chose this field? The job isn't for people who made the choice on a whim. You have to be dedicated to what you do or you will not be a good investment for the department that hires you. So, why did you choose police?
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    Not on a whim choice, I've wanted to be a LEO my whole life. Back in the early 80's came as close as ever. Only 5 of us left when it came down to the wire. Hired three (not me). Then life got in the way. Moved up here from West Houston/ Katy Texas area. More like a calling than a choice really. I want to serve my community. Help people that need/want help. I know I can not save the world, however I can get as many bad people off the street as I can.

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    Is this one of those questions they ask on a review board that is not right or wrong?.... Really don't want to say it is a calling, would not want them to think I hear voices in my head...

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    I don't know about the US but I know overhere they are lloking for something more original than "I want to help the community"

    Try "I want to take criminals off the street and protect decent citizens from them"
    However you should in know way take my comments as reliable as I am a cynical long serving officer who has no comprehension as to what is in the higher up's heads these days!
    the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHARTOTO View Post
    Not on a whim choice, I've wanted to be a LEO my whole life. Back in the early 80's came as close as ever. Only 5 of us left when it came down to the wire. Hired three (not me). Then life got in the way. Moved up here from West Houston/ Katy Texas area. More like a calling than a choice really. I want to serve my community. Help people that need/want help. I know I can not save the world, however I can get as many bad people off the street as I can.
    uh....you just answered your question.
    No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13

    "The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmur5074 View Post
    uh....you just answered your question.
    Yeah I suppose I have. Your a Captain, does that sound stupid or corney?.... thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHARTOTO View Post
    Yeah I suppose I have. Your a Captain, does that sound stupid or corney?.... thanks
    HAHAHA! Trust me he is no captain!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHARTOTO View Post
    Yeah I suppose I have. Your a Captain, does that sound stupid or corney?.... thanks
    FYI, the caption found below our user name is based on the number of posts we've made (notice you're a rookie) or you can change it. BTW, when it comes to answering questions, just be yourself and answer honestly. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crimebytes2 View Post
    FYI, the caption found below our user name is based on the number of posts we've made (notice you're a rookie) or you can change it. BTW, when it comes to answering questions, just be yourself and answer honestly. Good luck!
    thanks... rookie mistake .. thanks for the advice.

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    My reason: I needed a decent paycheck to support my family.

    I had a small interest as a child but LE found me more then I found LE...
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    To keep my foot firmly planted on the neck of the [enter name of any group or individual who uses the police as an excuse they are not successful in life].
    "If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton

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    I wanted to meet people here in Chicago of different and interesting cultures and arrest them. I wanted to be the first kid on my block to get a class X felony arrest.
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    I want to carry a gun, and drive a police car.

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    I told them I got sick and tired of watching idiot drivers do stupid things and not being able to do anything about it. Also, I found all my real friends were LE. Then on 9/11 I got called up as an Augmentee with the AF Security Forces. I loved it.

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    I wanted the ability to wake up every day and not have any idea what was going to happen next.
    I also loved the idea of the general public becoming my best source of entertainment and humor.
    This job is really hillarious and serious at the same time..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bird1 View Post
    I wanted to meet people here in Chicago of different and interesting cultures and arrest them. I wanted to be the first kid on my block to get a class X felony arrest.
    ok, i have to ask what is a "class X felony arrest"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beans View Post
    HAHAHA! Trust me he is no captain!
    Like hell I'm not!!

    Just call me Captain Stabbin'!!


    hahahaha
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    Don't be intimidated... just go into the interview room, kick your feet up on the desk (or table), and boldly say:

    "Um... anyway, I wanna be a cop because cops can, like, kick people's asses and get away with it, you know? Oh, and like... those guns are kewl too... yeah, you know. I wanna be able to like, drive real fast and not get a ticket, like, ever, you know?" Make sure you twitch one eye while you answer too, that always helps.


    Just kidding... seriously: be yourself, answer the questions thoughtfully and honestly, speak clearly, don't fidget, lean forward in your seat, look your interviewers in the eyes (but not aggressively), and have a business-like (military) bearing about you. Use 'sir' and 'ma'am', and be respectful without seeming timid. You'll do fine.

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    I'm just a nosey som'a bitch. I like the action and the thrill of the unknown. When it comes to calls for service you may deal with the same people on a regular basis but for the most part it is something different everyday. When you make a traffic stop and the violator is acting shady it becomes something like a mystery novel, trying to put the clues ( where he/she is coming from or going, body language, bullshit story) together to solve the case. Before you know it you got them figured out then BAMMM!! you got someone in a stolen car wanted for murder or they are just ridin dirty. Sorry guys/gals I got alittle off course there for a sec.

    Anyway like I was saying I chose this career because I wanted to help my community.
    Wise men stand behind me, brave men stand beside me, but only fools stand against me.

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