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What was the most eye-opening or biggest surprise when you joined LE

Discussion in 'Law Enforcement Officers' started by CNEDEER, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Dec 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM
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    CNEDEER

    CNEDEER [OP] If ya ain't first, your last!

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    As the title states, what was the most surprising or eye-opening thing you can think of when you took a career in law enforcement. After having just received my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and completed an internship with a department, I'd be interested to hear what you all have to say. The internship was a great experience and really solidified my decision to join law enforcement, although many of the guys would jokingly state, "Be a firefighter instead, everyone thinks they are heroes" lol.

    With that said it is always interesting to hear from those who are in the field and their experiences
     
  2. Dec 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM
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    Everybody lies.
     
  3. Dec 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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    amen.
     
  4. Dec 20, 2012 at 4:37 AM
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    You will be tested in so many ways; morally, ethically, physically. You will have moments where you will question your faith, your ability, and your resolve. There will be times you feel like things can't get any worse, and then they get worse! But it always gets better...and you are a better cop because of it. Never lie and always watch out for your brothers, ALWAYS, because they are the ones that will be there when you need them the most. Be wary of those who ask for your trust instead of earning it. And the answer to the OPs post...many people don't realize these things until its too late.
     
  5. Dec 20, 2012 at 4:43 AM
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    Spot on. In a field where all are looked at as "brothers" or "sisters" in arms...There is no shortage of weasels, buddy fuckers, and your all around slime balls. ALWAYS watch your 6.

    Biggest surprise to me was what a joke the revolving door of justice is.
     
  6. Dec 20, 2012 at 7:56 AM
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    The ones who made it through the process that shouldn't have.
     
  7. Dec 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM
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    Oh man is this true. One of my biggest surprises is how many of your "brothers" really are the farthest thing from it. Backstabbers are everywhere. Learned this one the hard way.
     
  8. Dec 21, 2012 at 6:33 PM
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    k9cop if your not the lead dog, the view never changes

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    how small the cars are with a cage and all your gear...:eek:
     
  9. Dec 21, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    For me it was the evil that people are capable of committing towards each other. Then it was the endless paperwork to describe it.
     
  10. Dec 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    this
     
  11. Dec 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    alot of people arent happy.
     
  12. Dec 21, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    Maybe we just have better morale, or something because I think the majority of officers in my dept are happy

    We have brass that 100% backs us up if we are in the right, and rewards those who work hard...we are a very proactive community policing oriented department and set standards for other departments within the state, and often nation

    We've been featured on trutv, a&e and various other "reality" shows/channels

    we were one of the first departments in the country to institute active shooter training for ALL officers and not just SRT/SWAT

    And really, how can I be unhappy with a dodge challenger, and a schedule that allows me to go in when I want?
     
  13. Dec 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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    k9cop if your not the lead dog, the view never changes

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    and don't get involved with all the politics and brass and all that high school bullcrap. I go in do my job (which I love) and go home with the same amount of holes in me than when I left the house. I work hard and don't give a crap bout the rest of the B.S. If I stopped to think about what goes on it would probably affect the way I work, so I don't give a crap. I just work hard and play harder
     
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    :thumbsup:
     
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    For me it was how nasty people's cars and houses could be. When you have HUNDREDS of roaches- bugs- in your car with you as your driving, how can you not notice? When I move things in the back seat and find maggots... really?
    Some people live worse than animals.
     
  16. Dec 31, 2012 at 1:01 PM
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    right?? ugh crackheads
     
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    I am still trying to block out some of those memories. I used to think I was messy. Now I know that I am just a little disorganized.
     
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    Everyone is always just about to do something:

    "Officer, it's funny you pulled me over and my car has been unregistered for two years, I was just on my way to the DMV".

    "Officer, I'm really busy and don't have time to clean my house or change my infants diapers, or feed my children, or bathe them. I was just about to do that when you came here with DCF.

    "Officer, I was just about to call you guys when I realized I had this crack cocaine in my pants pocket. The pants are not mine".

    "Officer, I was just about to bring back all this copper pipe that I found".

    I never realized coincidence was so common before LE, or people wore pants that never belong to them...
     
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    "Officer, I was just about to call you guys when I realized I had this crack cocaine in my pants pocket. The pants are not mine".

    Saw this one on an episode of cops back in the day. Cop pulls a big bag of weed out of a guys pocket and they guy says "these aren't my pants". Still makes me laugh.
     
  20. Jan 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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    I have gotten that line twice now. Once with a 100 piece in the pocket and another when the perp came to HQ to turn himself in on a warrant. Searched him when i brought him in and he forgot about the 1/8th in his pocket. Neither one of them were wearing pants that belonged to them.:rolleyes:
     
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