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Why Be A Cop

Updated on December 15, 2011

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Nobody likes cops until you need one!
Nobody likes cops until you need one!

I Want To Be A Cop


Have you ever wondered why anyone would want to become a cop? It seems like a thankless job with long hours and dangerous duties for the modest starting pay. To top it off - the jokes about cops and donuts are never ending.

In their innocent play little boys and girls the world over pretend play many different roles, including being a cop. Mimicking what they see on TV, read in books and see in real life, one of the all time classic games played is cops and robbers. They all want to be the cop, the good guy, paramount to a real life super hero. Deep in their hearts they want to help the victims and emerge triumphant.

The police cars, lights and sirens, the uniform, chasing bad guys, the handcuffs and guns they all scream action to all guys not just little ones and some girls too. The show of physical strength, power and prowess, helping to fight crime are alluring traits to those wanting to be cops. At some point the desire to play turns into something more, a deep desire to protect and serve. Those little guys are now big guys in need of a career. What better job than the one they pretend played as youngsters, except now they can don the real gear.

Even if childhood played no part in your desire to become a cop you might think it a rewarding, exciting and an honorable career later down the road. Many influenced by family members and friends in the field may see it as a worthy opportunity to look at getting into law enforcement. If you are lucky enough to have known all along that you wanted to be a cop when grown up, have kept that mindset throughout youth and managed to keep your nose clean you are in a good position and might just have the qualifications to get into the law enforcement field and have a stimulating career.

Going into public service is admirable. It takes a strong minded and determined individual to go the cop route career. Cops sometimes get a bad rap, some people view them with disdain believing they feel superior and the badge they wear makes them feel omnipotent. While that may be true of some cops remembering there are bad apples in every field, the majority provide a great service with pride and with the publics best interest at heart. The abuse they take from the public sometimes can be a bit much to tolerate but the dedicated ones remain because of the occassional thanks they get.


The field has become more competitive and although degrees are not required, departments will select candidates with degrees and military experience over those without to put through their Police Academy as they have more to offer. In the alternative you may put yourself through the Academy at your cost, become certified and then apply for a job. Go here to find Police Academies in Florida. Be ready for a thorough background check and intensive training.


A starting cops salary at the level entry pay varies from city to city. Higher pay is better in the larger cities but with time and performance you will fetch you a nicer salary with plenty of benefits. Health insurance, gym memberships, special events and overtime pay all add to up and make for an attractive package. The fraternity amongst cops all help make the decision to become a cop more appealing. Long term goals of making detective or SWAT are also great incentives. Other law enforcement positions to consider would be State Highway Patrol or Federal Police.

If you would like to be a cop or look into the possibility, the best way to go about it is to look up the sheriffs website in the area you are interested in becoming a cop. Make sure you meet the requirements, download a pre application and submit all necessary personal information. If you are eligible and the department is hiring this serves as a prescreening for potential candidates. As an example you may view the kind of information they will ask for at Monroe County Sheriffs Office.








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    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      Prasetio30

      Thank you for stopping in. I'm always honored to have you as a visitor. You are so right. Children are very curious and adventurous. They love to imitate And role play as police, doctor, firemen and others. It's a good thing for them to aspire to be any of these.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. There's the same question with almost kids in my country when they have been asked about their goal in the future. They will answer with they want to be a doctor, police and army. Thank you very much for writing and share with us. I learn many things from you about "cop". Rated up!

      Prasetio

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      Pollyannalana

      It most certainly does take a special individual to want to become a public servant, more specifically a cop. A thankless but rewarding career if you ask me. God bless them for the work they do!

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      7 years ago from US

      It would take a special person to be a cop; a good one anyway and it seems the good ones have a lot of bad luck, at times. Nothing sadder than a good cop taken down. The whole community plus some, feel it.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      mary615

      An employee of mine recently went to the police academy and just got hired for the New Year. I'm so proud of him. Dedicated individuals like him deserve our respect and admiration.

      Thanks for the comment, the little guy is a cop in the making, he just loves police cars!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I have the deepest respect for law enforcement. They deserve so much more in pay, etc. than they receive. That's a really handsome little cop you have there!

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      Absolutely Ginny Navarre. Thanks to all the officers out there that sacrifice so much to help keep us safe, especially during the holidays - hats off to them!

    • Ginn Navarre profile image

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      I say thank you,thank you to these special people that many times do not get credit for being there when we are in need.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      zzron

      I believe so too. The desire for adventure and of doing good for others are qualities most cops possess. It's the perfect career for these individuals. Thank goodness for those that decide to go into law enforcement.

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      zzron 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      I believe that most people who want to be a cop do it because they are the adventurous type who enjoy danger and also at the same time feel that they are doing something positive to make a difference and helping others.

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      Cat R 

      7 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      I always wanted to bring the baked stuff for the holidays, but I am not that great with it and buying it just didn't seem right.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      Cat R

      You are so right. We really cannot even begin to understand the sacrifice cops, Firefighters, Medical personnel and our Soldiers make. We should all try to remember this and be more kind and appreciative of their efforts.

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      Cat R 

      7 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      Cops, Firefighters, Medical Personal,Soldiers... It takes a special breed of people to fulfill a duty that is so demanding and has so little fame to it!

      I try to remember them when I sit in a warm house on a cold winter night or spend Christmas with family!

      I know how it feels to be gone all the time. I was in the Air Force once and spend almost my entire 'career' working most holidays and my own birthdays.

      It gives you a deeper appreciation about what they do for us!

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