Why I Want to Be a Police Officer Essay

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Why I Want To Be a Police Officer

Career Choices in Criminal Justice
Dr. Darwin L. Driggers, Ybor Campus
October 11, 2011

Why I Want To Be a Police Officer

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a police officer. I’m sure, as a little boy, what first caught my attention were the flashing lights and sirens on the police cars. It could have also been then the facts that police officer were permitted to carry a gun and had the ability to run red lights. This is why as I grew up and played games like cops and robbers, I was always the police officer. During my teenage years, I later joined the police explorer program and really started to learn about police work. That’s when I
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Rather, I have learned from my mistakes and any bad decisions I’ve made over the years and expanding my knowledge of the consequences to bad decision making. This is the point in my life that defined me as an individual. Through experience, I’ve learned the best route is the truthful one, no matter how difficult telling the truth made if for me. After high school I started Jr. College and began majoring in Criminal Justice. But, I did not complete school to obtain my degree. In time, I joined the United States Marine Corps. There they help enhanced my decision making skills, leadership abilities, and helped me grow as a man. After serving on active duty I worked in the corporate world and joined the Marine Corp reserves. It wasn’t until after a few deployments to Iraq I decided to finally get focused on my career in law enforcement by attending the Hillsborough Community College Police Academy and continuing my education there by working on my A.A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice there as well. I do plan on expanding on that by getting a Bachelor’s degree at U.S.F.
I understand that the life of a police officer is spent responding to crimes in progress, patrolling assigned areas to maintain public safety, interviewing witnesses and suspects, apprehending fugitives, collecting evidence, writing reports and providing testimony in court. Police officers usually
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