How to Be a Good Police Officer

How to Be a Good Police Officer.

Steps

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    Be fit and ready for anything. Remain fit and fast at all costs. Go to the gym often.
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    Maintain a clean, sharply pressed uniform. Always report for duty wearing highly shined shoes or boots. Leather duty gear should be in good condition and blacked (or browned) and not scuffed, worn or torn.
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    Meet or exceed your departments education and accreditation requirements, including continuing education credits.
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    Protect the peace even if it means endangering yourself.
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    Be brave.
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    Always be willing to give your life to protect others.
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    Never abuse your power. Do what you know is right.
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    Always look out for your colleagues. Make sure everyone goes home to their families safe and sound when the shift ends.
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    Remember those you deal with are Human and do not prejudge their predicament-situation.
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    Not everyone is out to kill you, don't treat everyone like criminals.
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    Be fair and be just... This is not taught anymore, unfortunately.
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    Treat every situation individually. Fix or find the best answer for the problem.
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    Not everyone needs to go to jail, not everyone needs released either.
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    Do not treat people like stats or promotional achievements regardless of what your command staff says.
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    You directly reflect what the community thinks of Police Officers, treat them badly and they will return the same favor.
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    Not everyone lies, this includes the bad guys. Not everyone tells the truth, this includes the good guys. Take the time to figure out which is which before backing or prosecuting either one.
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    Officer safety is paramount, stay alert and you'll stay alive.
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    Know your State and Local laws, organizational policies and procedures, this saves a lot of time when you may have to answer to either one.
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    It's your community, take good care of it. Don't let political corruption, the good ol' boy system, or your own arrogance impede your decision making.
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    Remember everyone loves morality, they just don't like it enforced upon them.

Tips

  • Go to the gym. If you're a smoker, give it up. Healthy lungs are essential in everything from facilitating an emergency rescue to effecting the arrest of a combative suspect to warding off illness.
  • Be fit. Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Realize your job may involve physical danger to yourself. Be prepared to act accordingly.
  • Be caring. Treat everyone respectfully but firmly.
  • Remember your most important tool is your mouth, not handcuffs, cs, etc. Be polite, even in the face of abusive behavior by others.
  • Realize how much society needs you: without the police, there could be some problems. Remember you are being paid a wage to protect others.

Warnings

  • Never assume because a person is for the moment being cooperative, following commands, answering questions, etc., that the individual cannot cause you harm. Don't relax your guard. Maintain a safety area between yourself and the individual that will allow you to react if attacked.

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