2019- I wrote this a couple years ago and update it from time to time. Hopefully some of you will get something out of it! -Admin, Cop Humor
Career advice from a LEO veteran
Law enforcement is a tough but rewarding career. Unfortunately, it isn’t getting any easier. We see society at their maddest, saddest and baddest every single day. The things we see cannot be unseen. Take care of yourselves! Don't stress over the little things. When you see anti-police rhetoric by politicians, in social media or the news, remember, the vast majority of the public supports you and needs you! They always will! You serve in an honorable profession. Always wave back to kids and take time to talk to them! They look up to you! You are their heroes!
Try your best to not get involved in department politics and don't let department politics get the best of you. Don't spend your career constantly chasing the "next promotion." The higher you go, the more stress you’ll get. Stress kills. Don't get too disappointed when you get passed up for promotion or a special assignment; you'll learn and do better next time!
Don't sell your soul for promotion or that shiney new specialty assignment! Remember your roots. Remember those working beside you are your family, your brothers and sisters, treat them as such! Avoid the negativity as much as you can and try to keep a positive attitude! A negative attitude will make you a miserable SOB to be around; both at work and at home!
Remember to laugh and NEVER lose your sense of humor!
You're going to see some horrible stuff; stuff that nightmares are made of. Yes, the things you see WILL cause sleepless nights. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! You are human. This stuff IS NOT NORMAL! You're going to feel spent and want to shut down. TALK to someone when something is bothering you. Don’t carry this stuff around! Learn about hyper-vigilance and the emotional roller coaster of our lives in law enforcement! Talk to your friends, coworkers and significant others when something bothers you. If you don’t, it will pile up! Don’t try to drink away the images, trust me, it doesn’t work! Talk to a therapist when you need to. There is no shame in doing so!
Get out and find your "happy place" outside of police work and visit it often. Don't eat, drink and breathe police work; it will consume you and spit you out! Remember your hobbies outside of the job! Exercise!
Don't burn yourselves out working all that OT to pay for your ski boat, new truck or expensive spouse 🚤🏎🤷🏼♀️. Live within your means! An injury or OJI will stop that OT and put you in serious financial trouble! Financial stress sucks.
Retirement age is getting older and older. Many are going to have to work into their late 50’s before they can pull a pension. Take care of yourself both mentally and physically and never ever neglect your family or spouses for the sake of this job. IT'S NOT WORTH IT!
Be safe and take care of yourselves! Your family needs you!
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-Admin, Cop Humor
found @ 61 likes ON 2019-04-20 10:01:09 BY ME.ME