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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!

  1. 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.
  2. Wash your hands BEFORE and AFTER you use the bathroom.
  3. Taking a pizza into the radio room will pay enormous dividends. (I never did this…but should have)
  4. Tell the truth. That way you can look someone in the eye and say, “Have you ever know me to lie.” Great feeling!
  5. Expect everyone to lie. You won’t be disappointed.
  6. Keep a journal. Tell no one about this journal until the statute of limitations has expired.
  7. All the money spent on fancy pistol grips, laser sights, etc. should be spent on practice ammo.
  8. Show compassion to everyone…even those that don’t deserve it.
  9. Never do or say anything you don’t want to see on the 6 o’clock news.
  10. 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.
  11. Semper Cop and Best to all!!




Published by Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.

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