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Whom do you Trust: Law enforcement a career of not believing people
Posted by R. Wesley Lovil, Feb 21, 2010. 1539 views. ID = 3227

Whom do you Trust

Posted by R. Wesley Lovil, Feb 21, 2010. 1539 views. ID = 3227
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I respect the shield, it is just I couldn't carry it.
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When asked what career I least like to have the one that popped into my mind was law enforcement. Now don't get me wrong it is an honorable profession, I personally consider them heroes, and still it is a job I wouldn't want to have. I understand it's a job fraught with danger and adventure but that's not the reason I wouldn't want it. My problem is the ilk you work around, you know what I mean, crooks.

How would you like to have a job where the longer you worked at it the less you trusted people? To be any good at your job you need to believe that almost everything said to you is probably a lie. It has always been my way of life to trust someone until they prove otherwise. If you acted like this in law enforcement, it could get you killed. You work all day trusting no one and then how could you change once you're off the clock. Now you don't believe your kids or the neighbor or anybody. It's no wonder that the divorce, alcoholism, and suicide rates are so high in law enforcement.

Another bad aspect of this career is dealing with the grief of the victims. This has to be heart wrenching to deal with people who have just lost loved ones through some sort of violence (of course, the first thing that pops into the officer's head is, I wonder if they had anything to do with it). Even worse, is to inform someone of their loss. This is something I just don't know if I could do on a regular basis.

To all the men and women already in law enforcement or even thinking of becoming an officer of the law, I tip my hat to you. I have nothing but respect for this much needed profession, it is just I wouldn't want to do it. You do believe me don't you?

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