Audrey Helene Weedn
Published on November 21, 2014
For all the talk of the rewards of police work, are careers in law enforcement really that great? The short answer is, "yes!" There are a number of benefits, both tangible and intangible, to working in law enforcement. My overall dream is to open my own practice of what anyone could call a “human lie detector.” I would like to profile people’s behavior, such as body language or facial expressions in order to get to the roo t of truth or seek what’s really going on behind the scenes people portray. But my career choice is to become a police officer. I want to make a difference in this world by helping others, being able to wear a badge is just a plus. As a law enforcement officer, you'll probably save someone's life every day you come to work. At times, this may involve pulling a victim out of Â a burning car or providing first aid and basic life support to a shooting victim before paramedics arrive. Other times, it may be giving someone the Heimlich maneuver on your lunch break. Aside from these obvious examples, though, your mere presence and consistent enforcement of laws will save countless lives that you'll never know about. Every speeding ticket you write, every fight you break up and every incident of domestic violence you respond to may have been a fatality in police officers most often encounter people when they're at their worst. Drug addicts, gang members, thief’s , spousal abusers and people who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs are just a few examples of the kinds of people you'll meet. Believe it or not, one of the most satisfying aspects of working as a law enforcement officer is the unique opportunity you have to show these people a better way. They are usually a captive audience and, if treated kindly and respectfully, will listen to what you have to say. Though you may never know it, what you say and how you treat the lowliest criminal may play a huge role in whether or not they make better choices in the future. Not only is it essential to be observant and responsible, but you must be great with people to strive in this field, which is right up my alley. I am the true definition of a people person, but beyond that I have a lot of experience with diversity and on your feet situations. I am what you call an extravert person when I need to be, but sometimes something call for you to sit back and truly observe the situation. From my past experiences I can kind of start spotting little things such as anger or even irritability but I want to progress into finding the source. On the other hand, I think the main and only this that could be defined as my true weakness is my compassionate side. If someone tried hard enough to put on a complete front, I may fall for their lies or in better words be completely fooled, especially if my heart aches toward their situation. Some people thrive on compulsive lying, and my job is to know the difference. But I am trying, I want to seek the truth.