Pros: length of the shift, compensatory time, having my own patrol vehicle
Cons: slow days in terms of the dispatched emergency call volume, having to go to multiple court hearings on my duty days
As a Police Officer on patrol duty every day was different in terms of the people that I would encounter, my work environment, or a special detail that would take me from my routine duties. Some aspects of the job was routine because of policies and procedures in terms of how things would have to be done. There was always an element of danger and a level of officer safety that made my career exciting. Critical and fast thinking was a must and time was always of the essence in order to complete lengthy incident reports. Making judgment calls on what was ethically, morally right and following laws/policies/procedures. The most difficult part of the job for me was servicing domestic violence situations and incidents that involved juveniles in very sensitive situations. The most enjoyable parts of my career was the bond between my fellow officers, actually making a difference in a victim's life by my help, being able to be an influence/role model to juveniles, and being able to grow in terms of being promoted within an agency.