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    CB rants again... What is a veteran cop?

    /Rant on


    What is a veteran cop, really?


    The veteran law enforcement officer is a strange being; a veritable unknown quantity to all but very few. He is known best by himself, and his Maker, then perhaps by those who share the distinction of serving along with him, (for as long as he has). As far as his knowledge of self, on that subject he is an expert. He has learned of himself after frequently being tested to his physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual limits over the course of years on the job. Nothing teaches you limitations like being pressed beyond them, and few careers push you any further than his has on many occasions. He's cynical, because in his environment things frequently go downhill quickly and without warning. Cynicism tends to be the best means by which he maintains preparedness for any worse-case scenario. Having a slightly jaded outlook on life and the world around him has also been programmed into him due to the many occasions where he's seen nasty things come from people often thought of as being incapable of such. Indeed, the veteran has been forced by his commitment to his career to peer into the very darkest corners of the human psyche. He has seen the aftermaths of the worst sides of men: the rage, hatred, callousness, bitterness, selfishness, greed, sloth, lust, envy, hopelessness, despair, recklessness, and ignorance. He has learned by his experiences that there is a depth of depravity often unrealized. He has learned that there is rampant irresponsibility in the world, and that evil is real, palpable, and comes in many forms. All of this has heightened his regard of good, however, and what keeps him stable – perhaps more than anything else – is his appreciation of both beauty and goodness. The reason for that is simple; there is nothing that makes wellness more appreciated than illness, nothing that makes beauty more endearing than ugliness, and nothing that makes wealth more alluring than destitution.


    The veteran cop often operates with a verbal and tactical finesse, adapted from years of experience in dealing with people from all walks of life and volumes of laws that he's had to comprehend and translate for them. Ethically, he knows where the lines are unclear, yet still flatly refuses to cross them. He operates under a strict code of honor, handed down to him by those gone before. He tries to give the benefit of the doubt and to maintain his objectiveness, but quietly knows better more frequently than not. He asks questions to which he already has the answers, reserves commentary until the truth is known, and has an opinion, (but knows when it is valuable and when it is not). He's long on common sense, and frequently short on patience with those who are devoid of it. Still, he understands the wisdom in overlooking the frivolous, while pursuing the greater good. He's decisive without being openly judgmental, and candid without being obnoxious. He has learned the value of time from seeing the frailty of life, and the worth of expression from seeing the frequent silence of the victimized. If he invests time or words in you, you should hold such investment in high regard.


    The veteran cop knows the value of having a cool confidence and detests pretentiousness and arrogance. He keeps his composure under the greatest strain. He suffers the unwary, but despises those who act without conscience. To younger eyes, he might appear lazy, but in truth, none work harder when the real need arises. His perception of an emergency comes from the reality that he's known, while others jump to conclusions and over-dramatize. He hates drama, and will not waste his energies on futility. But, the veteran has been there, done that, loved and lost, laughed and cried, cheered and mourned, felt pain and inflicted it. He's buried some, comforted some, sympathized with some, hurt over some, rolled his eyes, buffed his brass, and thought he heard his own number come up on more than one occasion. He's felt until he went numb. He's been too tired to sleep. He's had hope and doubted it, burned up, burned down, and burned out, and yet he still keeps coming back. He never really stops caring, never stops searching, and still manages to keep the faith through it all. He picks his battles, but still wages war against a seemingly never-ending flow of unfriendly combatants. He's seen friends go bad, go down, and go away, but he's stuck it out, and certainly not for the pay or any hope of prestige.


    He's a cop, but what's more, he's the cop who has a wealth of experiences to draw from, a volume of knowledge about how its done, and a long history of doing it right. He has a long and forgotten list of people he's known, helped, hindered, and halted. He sees what others do, and just a little beyond. He's a learned master of human nature, but always remembers there's much more to learn. He's been a hero, a villain, a saint, and a sinner, and that's just on one shift. He's been a lover, a fighter, a dreamer, and a realist. He's done his best, seen his worst, and you can believe that he's prayed... often, (but usually very briefly). He's aware of his surroundings to the minor details, smells a lie, and adores the truth enough to continue to pursue it relentlessly.


    Above all else, he's human. He's had some pretty superhuman things asked of him before, but he's just human. He's faced many temptations, underwent many trials, and overcome many hardships to continue to do the job he does simply because he loves the challenge of the hunt; it is what he feels he has been called to do, it is what he's good at, it is what he knows best, and when you get right down to it, because he has a spirit within him to do the right thing and to have a positive impact in the world around him. He's really the same as a lot of those around him, but what sets him apart is the willingness he's displayed to live as an example, being constantly in the limelight, constantly under the microscope, endlessly under judicial scrutiny for every action or inaction, and to have been found worthy for so many years of the office he's held.



    /Rant off.

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    A veteran cop might also sometimes share his wisdom by posting an awesome rant.

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    Well said, brother.
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    Great post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pac201 View Post
    Great post.

    Permission to send this to some friends.
    I'm honored. Absolutely.

    "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
    - Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

    Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
    That from the nunnery
    Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
    To war and arms I fly.
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    Thanks.
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    Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

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    Nice post CB.

 

 

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