Originally Posted by RecklessRegard
Congrats!! I missed your OP... Good luck; you've already got a hand up, seeing you can understand the law.
I don't know how well I understand it! I just went by the ARS book.
No, really, I mean as a cop you have to learn how to apply
the law to the enforcement side of it. You do the best you can, and judges are supposed to interpret it. I don't feel I ever "served" the law, I served the community in which I worked, and those who think cops don't serve, just don't know much about what we do. That's even understandable because most folks have interaction with officers during the worst moments of their day, or even their lives.
You never see it when an officer finds a child who has wandered away from mom or dad, and brings that kid home. That rarely if ever makes news. You never see it when an officer kneels on the side of a road with an auto accident victim, holding their guts together while waiting for EMT's to arrive. You never see all the little things that a cop does within his community that may not be huge, but for someone make a huge difference...even if it's just to listen and show someone some "give a ****". You never see it when a cop gives a hungry person his lunch or his lunch money. You never see it when you have to inform next of kin, or another officer's wife that her husband won't be home again. You NEVER see it when a cop goes out into his garage and breaks down and cries from frustration, rage, pain, or whatever, because he isn't ALLOWED to be human in front of anyone.
I am proud of the years I spent wearing my uniform. I HOPE, someday, if I make it through law school, that I will be as proud of that work as I have been of being a cop. I hope I can make that occaisional difference.