I just read a post in Police One by that great police writer Tim Dees. I’d like to share some items Tim mentioned. Kinda gives an insight into how a rookie cop makes that gradual transition into an effective and compassionate law Enforcement Officer. Thanks Tim!
- You’ll meet all sorts of people you want to emulate. Senior cops, instructors and some guy you want to be like on TV. Don’t! Be yourself and find your own ways.
- Wash your hands BEFORE and AFTER you use the bathroom.
- Taking a pizza into the radio room will pay enormous dividends. (I never did this…but should have)
- Tell the truth. That way you can look someone in the eye and say, “Have you ever know me to lie.” Great feeling!
- Expect everyone to lie. You won’t be disappointed.
- Keep a journal. Tell no one about this journal until the statute of limitations has expired.
- All the money spent on fancy pistol grips, laser sights, etc. should be spent on practice ammo.
- Show compassion to everyone…even those that don’t deserve it.
- Never do or say anything you don’t want to see on the 6 o’clock news.
- Have a good time. When you can no longer remember how much fun it is to be a cop it’s time to leave or get therapy.
- Semper Cop and Best to all!!
STAY SAFE, WEAR YOUR VEST, BUCKLE UP AND TURN ON YOUR CAMERA!