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Randy Sutton is a 33-year law enforcement veteran, a trainer, and the national spokesman for The American Council on Public Safety. He served 10 years with the Princeton (N.J.) Police Department and 23 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He is an author who has published multiple books on law enforcement.
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Four Stresses Cops Deal With That Non-Cops Should Know About

Other professions have stress but law enforcement stress is unique.

August 24, 2015  |  by Uniform Stories

Being a cop doesn’t make someone more important than anyone else or any other profession but it does mean that cops are unique.

There are similar occupations (military, firefighting, EMS first responders) but just as a cop can’t claim to fully understand any of those particular jobs (with the exception in some cases of public safety departments) the job of a police officer stands unique in its own right. The best men and women who take on the vocation of being a police officer understand that it truly is a “calling” and not just a job. A good cop must be committed to a clear concept of the purpose of law enforcement in a way that transcends the notion of punching a clock and getting a paycheck.

These same men and women will find in a matter of years, however, that the job will change them. It will change their outlook on the world, their interactions with others and in some cases their very ability to deal with others who are not in law enforcement. They will find that once close relationships with friends and family may fade. Sometimes, that’s a natural thing and other times there is simply a lack of understanding of what stresses a cop endures in their day-to-day routines. Here are 4 stresses that cops deal with that are good to share with non-cops for a little insight as to what has been causing those changes in you (or a cop you know):

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Jon Retired LEO @ 8/25/2015 7:16 PM

Many years ago my FTO told me these very same things. The family part did not change however a few things changed about the friends part. Some friends understand, some don't. I found that you naturally just replace those who looked down their nose at you with other friends in law enforcement. I still have contact with several of the friends in law enforcement that I made over the years. A lot of them are retired like myself.

OldCop @ 8/26/2015 11:56 AM

Good article Mike, well written, so true, but If you'll indulge an old cop,
While you article is a legitimate view of the challenges and pitfalls that a

new officer might expect as he or she work their way through twenty

years of being a Peace Officer, it is a bit dark and misleading. Fact is if

a person considering a career in law enforcement were to take your

article to heart and go ahead and accept a position in an agency

anyway I might doubt their sanity. Who would willingly go into such a

life? Hero's? No, Hero's just happen. Want'a be hero's? More likely. If

you are a dedicated Cop, and understand that the true metal of your

convictions are better depicted by that portrait by Rockwell, well

understanding that all the other things in your skill set are

necessary to keep him safe, then you are someone who has answered

his or her calling. Being the Rockwell cop in your heart will be the

rubber bumper that helps protect you from the life you'll lead.

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