How You Can Become a Better Cop Right Now
At least once during their careers-and hopefully throughout it-most police officers will ask themselves, "How can I be a better cop?" In striving for personal improvement, some may draw upon a mental image of what an ideal cop should be, something that transcends the professional terseness of Joe Friday ("Just the facts, ma'am."), or the Socratic questioning of Harry Callahan ("Do you feel lucky, punk?").
The cop who seeks to better himself may have a hard time finding an ideal mentor. Success entails valuing what we do and who we do it for. Unfortunately, some cops acquire an Us vs. Them mentality. "Them" can be everyone from suspects, to admin, to peers, to the citizens we serve. In a profession that offers ample opportunity for frustration, the temptation to put up walls and just say the hell with it can be strong.