As I approach the end of my law enforcement career, I was asked an interesting question recently: Would you become a police officer today?

Ten years ago, I wouldn't have hesitated and an instant response would have been "Of course I would."

Today, though, the answer demands much more reflection.

My answer is still yes. But there’s a caveat to that answer: Yes, the job has been interesting, challenging and an opportunity to serve, and I would do it all again.

However, sadly, I will not readily steer my children toward a similar life choice.

I couldn’t pretend in good conscience that a new officer will have a career like I’ve had, knowing how drastically different a cop's job is today.

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