Solving crimes, chasing bad guys, restoring peace and order. Becoming a cop sounds like an enjoyable and thrilling career. But is it? Unless you know someone who’s a cop, most of what we know probably comes from movies and TV.
But, as with other professions, what we see on TV isn’t 100 percent accurate. There’s more to being a cop than what we think we know. What is it like in the daily life of a police officer? Let’s have a little look.
Depending on what shift they’re working, a cop usually wakes up early. As they dress up and put on their uniforms, it’s like they’ve become a whole different person. After breakfast, they immediately head to work. Being late is a big no for police officers.
Preparing for duty
The day starts with a roll call, as a way for the higher ops to know who’s on duty. After that, everyone is looped into important tasks for the day. There might be special assignments or situations that demand attention.
Once an assignment has been given, police officers start inspecting their vehicles. A police man’s patrol car is an important part of his duty. So everything has to be in place, and all the parts are functioning well. If not, they immediately get the services of TCS Uplifting to fix the problem and bring the patrol car back in optimal condition.
The important equipment that should be kept in the car is also replenished. Emergency kits, first aid, flares, fire extinguishers, ammo, tools – everything a policeman needs to be equipped with in case of an emergency or unforeseen situation.
An important job to remember is to turn on the radio. This is the primary means of communication for police officers. The dispatcher uses this line to get in touch with officers in case their presence is needed in a particular neighborhood or place. Other police officers on patrol also use the radio to call for help or back up. So it’s important to keep this on and within reach at all times.
An average day for a cop involves cruising his or her assigned area. They need to be alert in case of any disturbance or crime that’s about to happen. It can be a small traffic violation or can escalate into bigger crimes like robbery.
The most important thing for a cop to do is to be prepared. A small disturbance can escalate into a shootout without warning. So a cop has to be ready to face the danger at all times.
Everything a police officer does is reported. Whatever violation or crime they witnessed on the streets is put into writing and submitted to superiors. This is usually done at the end of the day and submitted before they clock out.
Ending the day
After a police officer’s shift ends, it’s natural for them to head home and call it a night. With all the tiring police work done during the day, whether there was a lot of action or not, a good night’s sleep is the reward.
But even after a shift, a police officer must stop and investigate any disturbance or crime he may have come across. After all, danger chooses no time of day. And a police officer, even outside his shift, has to heed the call.
A job as a police officer indeed sounds very exciting and thrilling. But let’s not forgot how physically and emotionally taxing it is as well. Not to mention the danger lurking around every corner.