Police Officers Essay

1872 Words May 6th, 2005 8 Pages
A police officer's duty is to maintain public order, preventing, and detecting crime. The concept of police officers, also known as cops, and law enforcement has been around ever since the ancient Romans had a theory that an organization of "peacekeepers" would reduce the crime and violence being committed. This theory stuck with society and is still around today. People of law enforcement have a mission when they step into their police car, that mission is to enforce the rules of conduct or law. Of course, accomplishing this mission can be dangerous. Often when a cop leaves his or her house to go to work worries start to set it, such as "will I be coming back home when my day is over" or "will a simple traffic stop go sour and …show more content…
Out of these 10 citizens who were taken away and charged with DUI, about 4 of them were underage. However, on a holiday such as New Year's Eve, law enforcement would pull over an average of 35 people who are charged with a DUI or a DWI. Robberies do not usually happen on a daily basis and shootouts that you see on television almost rarely happen. On an average schedule a police officer will work more than the usual 8 hour work day, some police officers work a shift of 12 hours because they are on call most of the time. ("Police Officer- A Day in the Life").
Pursuing a career in law enforcement is probably one of the most rewarding and stable conditions available. Since crime will always be around and continue to grow, the demand for officers of law will continue to grow with it. Currently, the number of qualified candidates exceeds the amount of openings available which is resulting in higher standards for employment and more selectivity by the employers. However, the demand for police officers is expected to grow at a fast pace by the year 2010 because of the concern of drug related crimes and the concerns of society. This is good news to young adults who are just starting their college career and plans on becoming a police officer. On the other hand, this growth of demand cannot be certain because the employment of police officers depends on the level of government spending and an officer

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