Becoming A Public Safety Officer

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Tiara Nicole Scott Public Safety 09/10/2013 Becoming a Public Safety Officer is something I always want to become. As a little girl, everywhere I looked riding in the backset of my parents’ car, seeing the blue, red, and white public safety cars. I knew that to follow my dream to become a Public Safety Officer, and I knew I had to keep my criminal record clean. Why would the law want someone working for them that can’t follow the law themselves? My essay will discuss the description of Public Safety in general and the reasons I want to become a Public Safety Officer. The educational requirements and the salary I am expecting to make in this career field would be a successful one. The personal characteristics needed to be successful in…show more content…
When you get a call to investigate an incident, the victims, witnesses, and perpetrators often will be upset and inarticulate. Listen to everyone that play a part in what is going on, and listen carefully. Officers first impressions of what happened at a crime scene may not always be correct. Also, a police officer should be able to speak to others politely, briefly and firmly. Speech, not force, is often the best means of resolving a volatile situation as expeditiously as possible. Integrity a police officer faces constant temptation both inside and outside the department. Not a few criminals have tried to bribe their way out an arrest. Officers may also handle large amounts of cash at a drug bust before the actual amount has been counted in the evidence room. At the same time, many departments observe a "code of silence" in which officers protect corrupt co-workers even if they do not indulge in misconduct themselves. And an officer will encounter incidents in which witnesses or offenders accuse him or her of not following proper law enforcement protocol. In all of these situations, only integrity will allow an officer to do the job. No amount of supervision can substitute for honor and honesty. Courage the job of the police officer can involve matters of life and death. When an officer ends up in the line of fire, panic is not an option. If you are easily intimidated by others or shudder at the thought of a physical altercation, reconsider your career path. At the same time, do not mistake aggression for courage. People who enjoy violence should not work in law enforcement. In that regard, many departments conduct psychological screening tests to weed out potentially dangerous personalities. Self-restraint an officer must be firm but fair. Even when a suspect insults or abuses you, losing your cool or holding a grudge interferes with your ability to enforce the law. A few
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