Pros: safer communities, great benefits, decent salary, holiday pay, uniform allowance, unlimited sick days
Cons: restricted time with family, difficult hours, working holidays, stressful situations
There is no typical day at work while working in law enforcement. A day could be as simple as safeguarding a prisoner in the hospital, to routine patrol, to executing a warrant. I've learned how to handle myself professionally and calmly in what would be considered a highly stressful situation. I've learned how to communicate and work with various supervisors at different ranks with different responsibilities while working with the public to serve everyone's needs appropriately. Every officer I have had the pleasure of serving with has been a unique individual but all with positive traits and attitudes. The hardest part of my job is saying goodbye to my family when I leave for work and not knowing if I will return at the end of my scheduled tour. The best part of my job is knowing I have made a positive difference in someones life, whether it was resuscitating a child who could not breathe, or arresting an abusive boyfriend, or helping someone escape a pinned vehicle.