Facebook Forum: What made you want to become a police officer?
By PoliceOne Staff
Why did you become a cop? It's a question we recently posed to our Facebook fans.
Replies ranged from the tongue-in-cheek to the moving, and many of the answers can hopefully help serve as a reminder of why you chose to follow the path of being a police officer.
Check out some of the highlights below — and be sure to add your thoughts to the member comments area.
Q: What made you want to become a police officer?
A: The adrenaline
"I love to be of service to the public and I do like the adrenaline rush!" – Chad Calhoun
"The hunt." – Amy Lee-Barthold
"Just something I've wanted to do. There's that adrenaline rush we all get when in a high speed pursuit. The satisfaction of catching the "bad" guy. And I hate to admit it, but the show 'COPS.'" – Tim Arnold
"Arresting scumbags." – Dan McDonald
A: The greater good
"I lost a family member in the OKC bombing. I wanted to do my part to make sure that never happens to anyone ever again." – Cody Koelsch
"Helping people and being willing to put yourself in harm’s way to make a difference is something worth doing." – Matthew Schofield
"I want to help families have some type of closure." – Christina Shaneyfelt
A: Protecting others
"Those who can protect the weak have the duty and obligation to do so! Those were some of the last words from my grandfather before he passed away." – Robert Jessen
"I hate bullies that prey upon the weak mentaly and or physically. I wanted to defend them, and protect our way of life." – Dana Sachs Manley
A: Transferrable skills
"I knew I stayed relatively calm in a tough situation." – Laurie Hicks
"Patrolling N.O. after hurricane Katrina for the National Guard." – Lane Worthington
"It's the only job an old Army MP could find." – Kerry Denison
A: Living a dream
"Since I was a little girl I've always wanted to be an officer." – Diane Vasquez
"I have always felt that it was my place in life." – John Tallman
A: Following — or breaking — a tradition
"My uncle. The first time he pulled into the yard in his patrol did it." – Larry Doby Sanford
"Following in my brother's footsteps." – Walter E. Webster Sr.
"My grandfather was a state trooper for 31 years then a deputy sheriff for 10 years. I was lucky enough to get his badge number when I became a state trooper!" – Kris Hunzeker
"My father's father was a police officer who beat and molested him. My father was a three-time felon whose life was completely turned around by a detective. Someone who had a hatred for law enforcement got a new perspective from a man in uniform." – Sean Golden
"Still trying to figure that out after 25+ years on the job!" – John Prink
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