Winning the war of attrition in your law enforcement career
Five tips that can help you maintain a positive, successful career as a cop for many years
One definition of attrition is “the gradual wearing down or weakening by friction, or a gradual diminution in strength due to constant stress.”
Over the course of your law enforcement career, one of your biggest battles is going to be fighting this mental and physical giant we call attrition. Whether you’re in year one or year 15 of your career, it is vitally important that you decide today to maintain your psyche and fitness levels over the long haul.
Below are five tips that can help you maintain a positive, successful career as a cop for many years, so that you reach the ultimate goal of retirement.
Adapt to Change
If you can constantly adapt to these changes you will continue on your path toward retirement. The officers that fight change only ends up only hurting themselves.
Education and Training
The law enforcement profession, much like the rest of society, is constantly moving forward. Things will be different 10 years from now than they are today. Training and education that you received now may be obsolete then. You must continue to learn. Most good cops never stop learning. It’s essential to the job, and it’s essential for forward thinking officers to help mold the future of our profession.
Interests Outside of Law Enforcement
Having friends that are not in law enforcement—and having friends that don’t constantly ask you things about being a cop—will be a much needed break from the day-to-day job assignment. So often we think that there are only criminals and cops in our community, and that simply isn’t true. Joining a softball team, church, or getting some other hobby gives you interaction with good people in society.
Strategically Plan Your Career
Following these tips will not provide all the answers you will need over the course of 20 years (or more) of pinning that badge to your chest, but it will keep you pointed in the right direction. When those obstacles do arise, and believe me they will, both personally and professionally, they won’t hit you like a Mac truck without any headlights on.
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