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Old 06-08-2020, 07:33 AM
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Would you want your children or grandchildren to go into law enforcement today?
Old 06-08-2020, 07:48 AM
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My kid is in it, about half way through to retirement.

The job is IMMENSELY more detailed than it was when I began...I love when people say that you dont have to be smart to be a cop..BS... Dumb ones dont last long..

To answer the question, no...It is an honorable profession but way too many pitfalls and way too many people with unqualified opinions, including some higher ups that spent 3 to 5 years as a beat officer and haven't made an arrest in 15 or 20 years.
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Absolutely not.
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Hell no....
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My father was and I knew by college it was not for me.
No reason other than the intensity of the role in society, scrutiny, bad cops that get elevated due to rampid nepatism.
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Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
My kid is in it, about half way through to retirement.

The job is IMMENSELY more detailed than it was when I began...I love when people say that you dont have to be smart to be a cop..BS... Dumb ones dont last long..

To answer the question, no...It is an honorable profession but way too many pitfalls and way too many people with unqualified opinions, including some higher ups that spent 3 to 5 years as a beat officer and haven't made an arrest in 15 or 20 years.
It's sad when you have to judge your career by how long it is to retirement.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
It's sad when you have to judge your career by how long it is to retirement.
Just a fact, you take so much crap over a career, you have to look at it somehow.. Senseless killings that I have seen and all the violence, no way else to look at it..
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No, I don’t want him to become a cop. And I won’t encourage him to go into police work, but if it’s truly what he wants to do I will support him 100%.

I will support any healthy decision he makes, he’s here to live his life, not mine.
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Not a chance in hell.
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Absolutely not. Everyone that approaches me wanting to get into law enforcement I encourage them to do something else.
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every one has your back until the shit hits the fan . then you're under the bus
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My Son was in it for about 12 years. He recently left his job as a Detective for our local Sheriffs office to go work for the group International Justice Mission doing similar policing types of actives internationally. They interdict and target child slavery and child pornography. He's currently in lock down in the Philippines. Its a grand adventure that would not have come about without his career in law enforcement. He has just finished his Bachelors degree and working on a Masters all while doing this. I'm kind of glad he went that way in some respects. It made him get serious about education for one thing. He has seen those few types that he cannot get behind. But he also saw many more that he respects and backs. But overall, i'm currently glad he is in another side of legal enforcement now at this time. I would not encourage anyone at this time. The starting pay sucks... the work is difficult to stay sane and the people you mostly encounter are not nice people.
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Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
every one has your back until the shit hits the fan . then you're under the bus
Winner.

I have co workers who have been written up because something had "bad optics" even through no policies or procedures were broken.
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Winner.

I have co workers who have been written up because something had "bad optics" even through no policies or procedures were broken.
Yep, the persceptiom is realty because we have no balls to stand up for you..
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I have 2 good friends that are both SC State Troopers (brothers). Both started out as Sheriff's deputies. Both have indicated that there they don't mind the highway patrol thing too much, but there is zero chance they would shift back to local/beat cop duty. The older of the two is 22 years in, and going to get out at the first chance possible. The younger one is my age, and is 16 years in total, and not sure. Has indicated he would love to shift to DNR of a state level job that doesn't' require as much random public contact if the opportunity arises.
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NO!! I retired in 1996 after 28yrs, my Son retired in 2014 after 20yrs. As the job was changing I don't think I could have survived in the years that he worked, I couldn't be more happy that he is out now. When I started in 1968 It was a good job that by it's very presence commanded respect. I think anyone who aspires to be a LEO now is either foolish or crazy. My advice to any LEO now is if you are young enough to start another career GET OUT, if you have been around long enough to retire with a pension GET THE F..K OUT,while you still have it.
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Did it for almost 30 years. Retired at 50. Had several offers from other agencies to continue in the field. I've never regretted my decision... I would strongly encourage my children not to do so either.

I don't post politics but what's happening here is beyond embarrassing. Watching police cars and public monuments destroyed and defaced and then watching cops kneeling to this load of bullshit just makes my blood boil.

Floyd should not have been killed or died under the circumstances. That being said, the officers have been arrested and charged according to the law. The trial should be interesting.

I will also say that racism in policing is not systemic. Crime is systemic in certain communities and no matter what is done socially, politically, from a law enforcement perspective, it just doesn't matter. They need to change from within.

What is amazing is how numbers and statistics are ignored and how a fallacy is allowed to gain the steam it has.

No, I hope my kids don't become cops..
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My son just graduated the Fire academy.
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Originally Posted by gs535 View Post
My son just graduated the Fire academy.
So, not a LEO.....
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I have no regrets, I'll be retired when I'm 51, instead of fishing 3 days a week I'll bump it up to 5. Ya'll can have those weekends

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