Did you ever have a buddy who got married after knowing the girl for a very short period of time – like a month or two? His pals scratch their heads and think, “She must be very good in bed.”
Or maybe your pal just wanted to be married so badly that he hooked up with the first girl who said, “Yes.”
Those kinds of marriages usually don’t fare very well. They are what cops term, “The Trial Marriage.”
I was raised by parents who were together sixty years when my Dad died. My wife and I have almost 47 years in the rear view mirror. (She is a VERY lucky woman.) We believe that marriage is permanent, “so long as we both shall live.”
WHAT’S THAT GOT TO DO WITH FINDING A COP JOB?
When I started filing out applications, a very good friend (Tony) told me that he had applied with 24 departments before he landed his first job. It took him quite a while to find one
Finding a cop job back in those times, reminds me of a song that was popular a long time ago:
Most guys took the first job that came along. Always? No, but almost always. And, in most instances, they stayed with that job for their entire career.
Just ask any of the dinosaurs where you work. They will tell you about, “the good old days.”
We all know it’s not like that today. We see articles everywhere about cop shops all across the country that are hiring. Some of the really big ones have openings that number in the hundreds.
THE TABLES HAVE TURNED
In the “old days,” there were often 100 applicants (or more) for every opening. Today, those same agencies are lucky to get a handful of qualified applicants for a single opening. Some examples:
A few agencies are so desperate that they have lowered critical hiring standards. No, I don’t mean they’ve just dropped the requirement for a four-year degree. I mean serious stuff like having priors that involved a felony conviction or some very serious drug use.
If history is a lesson, they will come to regret that.
LET’S GET BACK TO WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU
It’s simple: GO WHERE COPS ARE WANTED. Go where you have a future – and one that will be both fulfilling and satisfying.
Carefully examine the agency before you apply.
Does the administration stand behind their cops?
Look at the community. Do they support law enforcement both in spirit and financially?
Do the county and state share your philosophy and culture, or will your time there be an eternal battle?
As I prepared this article, I considered which of the states support their cops in word and deed. These states aren’t mediocre; they don’t just tolerate their cops. They love their cops just like small towns did in times gone by.
This is my short list of law enforcement cheerleaders:
- Florida (my home)
Then, I thought about the places where I would dread working. Here are the places to be avoided:
- Washington state
- New York
- Maryland (Baltimore, specifically)
Of course, there are a whole bunch of states which are in the middle. Michigan is such a place. I lived there for many years. Most cities support their cops. But, Wayne County (location of Detroit) is another story. The prosecutor doesn’t like cops and charges them criminally every chance she gets.
I’m sure there are lots of places like that. That is why you should pick the department and the community or state where you want to work and then go after it.
The details matter. Following are a few examples of places you probably want to avoid and examples why.
> BALTIMORE – An officer with the Baltimore PD was convicted last week of second-degree assault for tackling a teen and striking him with his TASER during a 2016 confrontation. States Attorney Marilyn Mosby strikes again!
> SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Police Department reports that its use-of-force incidents have fallen by 30% since launching a series of policy changes following several officer-involved shootings that sparked tensions in the community.
That story was followed with this comment: What bullshit. The Chief is an idiot. Has nothing to do with policy. The citation and contact numbers are way down. One district has written 2 movers in 2019. Bottom line is the cops are not putting themselves in the line of fire (Admin). This Chief is an embarrassment and has never supported his officers. He’s more worried about the dirtbags being humiliated for being seated on the ground while being detained. He’s the ass kissing POS.
> KING COUNTY / WASHINGTON – The county prosecutor has announced that he will not file charges against anyone who has resisted arrest and/or assaulted the cop in the process of being arrested.
> CALIFORNIA – These morons are about to pass a law whereby a cop could be criminally charged in an OIS unless it is necessary and there are no other alternatives. That flies in the face of the standard set by Tennessee vs Garner and Graham vs Conner decades ago. It’s no place to work unless you want to coddle the crooks or go to jail if you don’t.
> ILLINOIS – A mental midget there is passing a petition to adopt a law making it a crime for a cop to shoot “unarmed” citizens. It’s no surprise that this idiot has no experience in law enforcement. I wonder if he can count to ten?
> BALTIMORE – This is the place where good cops must grind through each day with Marilyn Mosby – the State’s Attorney who has put a price on their heads. She put six of our brothers and sisters through living hell with bullshit charges in the Freddie Graye case. Her ill treatment of those cops was so bad that she was censured by the Judge who handled it.
> MINNESOTA – Last, but certainly not least, is Minneapolis where our brother, Officer Mohamed Noor was just convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the July 2017 death of a woman who had approached Noor’s squad car in the middle of the night, from behind and scaring him and causing him to think he was under direct attack. In the nearly three years since this incident, the case has triggered resignations, policy shifts and debates about racial equity in the criminal justice system. Stay away from this place.
SUNSHINE AND LOLLIPOPS
Agencies in these places are spending big bucks putting their recruiting message out where we all see it. You’ve seen these, right?
The bottom line here is to be careful where you sign up to work. The recruiting posters may look terrific, but reality is a whole different story.
I wonder if they must spend so much on advertising because they are such rotten places to work? Be careful before you jump.
At the bottom line, it’s all about saving just ONE life.
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