Thread: Qualities of a good cop
01-11-2009, 06:30 AM #1
Qualities of a good cop
During every interview i've ever had, they always ask "What qualities do you think a police officer should have........."
So i'm curious, besides the standard honesty, bravery, etc. bla blah...what are some other qualities that you all think a good cop should have?
I think you should have a sense of humor....if you don't this job will make you insane. Also i think you should be compasionate/empathetic because besides all the dirtbags out there, there are people that genuinly(sp) need/want our help.
What do you guys think?????“Fear not the night.
Fear that which walks the night.
And I am that which walks the night.
But only evil need fear me…
and gentle souls sleep safe in their beds…
because I walk the night.”
01-11-2009, 06:39 AM #2
01-11-2009, 06:44 AM #3
honesty, integrity, ethical morals, self motivation, someone who can accept that no matter how hard they try they will never be able to get rid of all the crime in the world, someone who does this job for self satisfaction instead of desiring praise from others for doing it.
01-11-2009, 09:31 AM #4
01-11-2009, 10:14 AM #5
- Join Date
- Aug 2005
Law enforcement is "Collection and Intake Processing".
When someone or something down the line causes the case to be kicked out or disposed of in a way not satisfactory to you, it wasn't a reflection on you nor was it your fault provided you did your job properly.
A quality of a good cop that I've seen...they don't take what happens in court personally.
01-11-2009, 10:20 AM #6
Common sense is the big one....another is being able to make good decisions with little information and to be able to do it quickly.
A sense of humor is another BIG one.....if you can't laugh a little at yourself and life in general, you're probably going to have a very tough time being a Police Officer.
There are alot of different qualities that make good cops, and there are alot of different types of cops.I disaprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. -Voltaire
01-11-2009, 11:09 AM #7
Not in the "Ask a Cop" section...So,
EVERYBODY deserves RESPECT at all levels and rightly so.
So respecting those you encounter in your daily life, regardless of who you are, where you are or what profession your in goes a LONG way.
Cops are people, respect them, they'll respect you.
Give it first, give it twice, and if not returned, that person has lost my respect.Occam's Razor
01-11-2009, 11:32 AM #8
- Join Date
- Jun 2006
- Central Florida
Patience. Seriously... you have to have a lot of patience to deal with these idiots.
01-11-2009, 12:13 PM #9
01-11-2009, 02:17 PM #10
01-11-2009, 05:09 PM #11
I would hope our LEOs have the attitude that they are part of the community and not separate from it (us versus them mentality) and as an extension of that, they have an dedication to public service balanced with the wisdom to always protect themselves.Please support: http://www.vestnpdp.com
01-11-2009, 07:38 PM #12
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
Empathy, humility, maturity, & life experience.
01-11-2009, 07:40 PM #13
Intuition. The ability to take a lot of information, some of it you may not realize you saw and intuit a conclusion based upon it.
01-11-2009, 10:44 PM #14
And a good B.S. meter is helpful too....Went to Get a Cold Pop
01-11-2009, 10:47 PM #15
01-12-2009, 05:38 AM #16
- Join Date
- Jul 2005
- Midwest, a.k.a Frozen Tundra
You never know what you will be asked and or required to do. Things change moment by moment, you have to be able to adapt to those changes.What can brown do for you?
01-12-2009, 07:24 AM #17Never make a drummer mad- we beat things for a living!
01-12-2009, 07:43 AM #18
Most all good qualities above, determination will help him weather the frequent changes that come and go. Hand in hand with a sense of humor and patience.
One see's many changes in his career but must stick to the ethics/principles that he first brought to this job.
RKT"a band is blowing Dixie double four time You feel alright when you hear the music ring"
The real deal
Outshined Pujulesfan Bearcat Chitowndet Sgt Slaughter jthorpe M-11 Lt Borelli L-1Sgt CHP Nikk Smurf Presence1 IcecoldblueyesKimble LADEP ateamer ChiCity R.A.B. Jenners IrishMetal GoldBadge willowdared Monkeybomb PhilipCal pullicords Chit2001 Garbageman Narco CruiserClass Fuzz 10-42Trooper Tex4720 irishlad2nv bajakirch OnThe gurmpyirishmanNYIlliniSgtScott31 CityCopDCcgh6366 FJDave