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[–] SkepticalSquirrel 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago 

To make the world a better place... and possibly make a difference...

Keep in mind although there is a lot of negative news these days the majority of cops are good people.

Also, I am not a cop.

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[–] 1147107 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think it varies depending on where you live. I grew up in a relatively calm community, never even heard of the police being douche bags. I can certainly see why the situation would be different in a rural or urban area, where being a police officer becomes more about power, or when you're in stressful situations every day and it just gets to you mentally.

To answer your initial question, I think people who hate their local police departments are the ones that in a perfect world would want to become police officers. It's almost certain that they would actually care about justice, not just power trips. Sadly, good people only expect good to be done for them.

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[–] Verte 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Couldn't have said it better. I seriously thought I was the minority with this opinion.

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[–] Bateman616 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I wanted to become one a long time ago because of that, but my interest made me look as many information about police as I could (also personal experience with them) and ended up thinking it's like the last place to go to make the world a better place. The were never meant to do that, just to protect the "1%" from the poor, at least in my opinion.

Now I hate the police even as a concept, but still I make an effort to realize not every one of them is a scumbag.

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[–] MACK_JIGGER 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The negative news makes the news though. In general, people don't want to see headlines about all the good things cops do.

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[–] SkepticalSquirrel 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Officer Smith reported to the crash scene and called an ambulance saving multiple lives

Just isnt an compelling headline

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[–] namealreadytaken 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

How can the majority of cops be good people when they close ranks around bad cops and ostracise good cops like Joe Crystal so that he never works in any major police dept ever again?

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[–] SkepticalSquirrel 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think you may have a micro view of the police force... I have no doubt that there are bad ones out there. This is made very clear with the news reports. But to say that every cop every where in the country is either corrupt or just evil is just a fallacy.

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[–] ItIsWhatItIsBabe 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

There are certainly bad apples in every business, job, government, churches, etc. but you cannot simply paint a wide brush and say that all police are power hungry who want to control all people. It is simply not true. The majority honestly do want to make a difference in their community. My brother is a police officer and is one of the most generous, loving people that anyone could meet.

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[–] thejustchad 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

To you and friends and family yes. When he's on the job, I seriously doubt it. I think you would be amazed if you ever saw him out on the job and he didn't know you were there.

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[–] thouliha 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This. I have a family member whos a cop, and while he's super nice to us, I can tell he's a snake while on the job.

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[–] 1144652 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm sure there are good cops, and they might even be the majority, but there is a definite code of silence that prevents good cops from outing bad cops.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke

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[–] namealreadytaken 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

If a "good cop" defends a bad cop, he isn't a good cop, he's just as evil as the bad cop.

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[–] ulysse 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Some people want to have control. It's basically the military in an urban environment. Having weapons, the power to pull people over and arrest them, and upholding the law are only some of the reasons people would be in law enforcement. On the other hand some people genuinely want to help others and feel obliged to a an actual change for good.

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[–] dixienormas07 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I am a cop. I become one because I am really really lazy. 9 days out of 10 I don't do anything other than play games on my phone or read a book. Also, depending on where someone is they probably need to do a lot more but, I knew the police around me dont do shit.

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[–] Forust 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

On the 10th days have you ever been in danger or anything?

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[–] middle_path 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Decent starting pay and excellent benefits. I've considered it.

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[–] Didymus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

When my grandfather died a lot of people showed up. People I had never seen or heard of. People he he had served with in the Air Force, people he had served in his church and his community. I realized if I died, 6 people would show up and I wouldn't really have any accomplishments to speak of. I wanted to be better. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to help people and keep people safe.

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[–] ItIsWhatItIsBabe 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Your question has obvious bias attached to it when you say, "why in the hell."

Imagine if you were a police officer and you see people at their worst the majority of your day. The worst in that a perp has murdered a child and you arrest them, your next call is a husband who just found his wife raped, purse snatchings, knifings, armed robbery, and these are the kinds of horrible scenarios that you see on a daily basis, how might you handle this situation? The people who are police officers are a special kind of people who do the job because they love their community and want to see it do better. They suffer through dealing with these otherwise hidden things from our view so that we don't have to.

And, might I point out, if you treat a police office nicely you'll usually get that in return. On the other, if you're an asshole to a police officer well, guess what? It's better to be nice.

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[–] Hereforthekeks 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Here's the problem though: cops volunteer for that shit. It's not acceptable for them to foist their shitty experiences onto others, when they chose to go through it. If they can't handle seeing horrible shit and being good to other people, then they just shouldn't be cops.

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[–] ItIsWhatItIsBabe 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This my previous comment about how the majority a good people. The few that are bad, yeah, they probably should have another job and I've seen some who are no longer in the job because of that. But most are good people, don't let the media askew your view.

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[–] thejustchad 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

No one with any brains does, that's why the departments are filled with mean, dumb viscous assholes. And any moderately intelligent and/or compassionate person that joins either has to conform or GTFO.

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