An unreal portrayal: COPS: Real-life police work demands characteristics different from those seen on TV cop shows

By Ruth Planey
The Press-Enterprise
March 25, 2001

(Riverside, CA) - Real police work is a far cry from what you see in the movies or on television. It requires someone who takes charge instantly -- but is not overly aggressive -- and thinks fast on their feet. You have to be comfortable making life-and-death decisions.

A mature and stable temperament and good communication skills come in handy when someone is screaming in your face. It's not like "NYPD Blue" -- a good police officer doesn't scream back.

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