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Posted: 2/22/2006 1:09:58 PM EDT
What made you want to become a LEO.

What keeps you there?

just an open question on why you do what you do
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 6:16:30 PM EDT
no one?
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 1:54:41 AM EDT
I did it for the money, glory, great retirement, outstanding benefits, and inherent safety of the job.

Truthfully, I don't think any cop really knows why they did it. It's almost like God decided that that was what you were to do when you were born. For most of us anyway. There are those that want power, to carry a gun, have personal issues etc. They're the ones that the rest of us can't stand.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 9:44:55 PM EDT
To help people and make the community a better place to live! Right! That's what you'll hear from candidates in an interview. How about driving fast, shooting guns, etc.... or better yet you became a cop because you love to write reports. How about because the job is challenging, forever changing, not always boring, and makes you feel good because you're giving something back to the community. People do this work for millions of different reasons. I do it because it is fun and I love the work and people I work with.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 2:34:55 AM EDT
All I know is I distinctly recall walking down the hall my junior year of high school vowing never to be a cop like my old man...The rest is history
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 2:40:35 AM EDT
Great Pay and awsome hours. (I'm eating dinner as I type)
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 2:46:33 AM EDT
Drive fast, and play cowboys+indians for a living. I do get to do some good for people, but mostly I don't hafta grow up if I don't wanna.

I gets into your blood, once you start. I can't really imagine doing anything else.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 3:04:55 AM EDT
Why did I become an LEO. The fire service was already full in my area......Why do I continue to do this job? I like playing human chess. Human chess you ask? I like working nights following dirtbags around and guessing their next move. About 7 out of 10 times I'm right on target. The other reason is when you get a good pop (arrest), it makes you warm and fuzzy inside.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 3:53:40 AM EDT
so I can retire at 25 and 48 and they will never move my job away
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 8:15:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pointblanke:
All I know is I distinctly recall walking down the hall my junior year of high school vowing never to be a cop like my old man...The rest is history

I was pretty much the same way through highschool then I did some ride alongs my SR year, I'm not quit there yet but can not wait to get on a police dept, and cant imagine prusueing a different career.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 8:20:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sjr87:

Originally Posted By pointblanke:
All I know is I distinctly recall walking down the hall my junior year of high school vowing never to be a cop like my old man...The rest is history

I was pretty much the same way through highschool then I did some ride alongs my SR year, I'm not quit there yet but can not wait to get on a police dept, and cant imagine prusueing a different career.



Same here. It's the family business. Then after my first hot call I was addicted to that adreneline dump. The rest is history.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 9:44:56 AM EDT
I don't like bullies of any type, and that is what most criminals are. The job gives the opportunity to inflict some retribution on people who get off on pushing weaker people around. Plus, how many jobs out there do they make TV shows about. It is frustrating at times but still the greatest job in the world, except maybe for porn star or F-16 pilot.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 11:56:00 AM EDT
i'm waiting for the opportunity to confiscate your guns and keep them for myself
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 1:36:47 PM EDT
Hell if I know. To be balding, gray and cynical by the time I hit my middle 30's?

Link Posted: 3/3/2006 2:50:47 PM EDT
Truthfully? Because I'm a sheepdog. I help protect the sheep from the wolves.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 11:29:26 PM EDT
NOt an LEO hear per se, But I did do LE work for the USCG, and Now I'm an EMT, FF. I just think that most people in public safety did because they feel as though someone has to do it, why not me. Personally I felt a strong influence from god to help people in need, have done it my whole life. Was a life guard at 14, then onto service for this great country of ours. I got out before 9/11, and after it was all I could do to find a job where I could still be giving back in some way.

Remebering all those who served, are still serving and those who did not back from patrol.




Semper Paratus.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 8:19:22 AM EDT
Nothing else really intersted me other than racecar driving, and I couldn't afford to get into that. Pay is decent, health benefits aren't bad, retirement is fair, and I can carry a gun anywhere in the U.S. I damn well please. Oh, and protecting 1/3 of our government can be a rewarding job at times.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 11:34:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 11:34:48 AM EDT by Striker]
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 12:01:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 12:03:55 PM EDT by thesacrifice]
For the high blood pressure
for the negative press and endless ridicule
for the endless lawsuits and scrutiny
for the middle fingers and fuck yous...

To prey on the predators, to bring victimizers to justice and fight in the war thats in our communities. My dad was military, I always wanted to be a servicemen myself but I couldn't stand moving away from my loved ones. So I serve where I live.

Helping granny with her flooding toilets and flat tires is a plus too. As much as some people hate us, it feels good to go out and serve.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 5:57:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bonk2029:
Hell if I know. To be balding, gray and cynical by the time I hit my middle 30's?




Not balding don't have the genes for it. But 22 year old me is turning gray already! WTF?!
Got the cynicism down too.

Just can't see myself doing anything else. Best job ever.
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