Thursday, October 28, 2010

Movie vs Reality

Today’s post may seem strange to some, but I assure you that this post is needed.

Experience has shown that many applicants for employment in law enforcement consider the positive aspects of the job while perhaps ignoring the negative aspects they may encounter on a daily basis while employed as a police officer on the streets of Houston. Television or movies may have something to do with it, I am not sure. Don’t get me wrong, being a Houston Police Officer is a rewarding and fulfilling career. I can honestly say that I have no regrets and I continue to love my job.

Make no mistake about it. When you graduate from the police academy, you will go on patrol and you will patrol the streets of Houston. You will work night shift or evening shift and you will have days off in the middle of the week. You will have to work holidays and weekends until you build enough seniority to change your shift or days off, you do not have a choice.

Do you want to be an investigator, a helicopter pilot, K-9 officer, SWAT, or one of the 250 plus units within HPD? - YOU MUST PATROL FIRST FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS AFTER YOU COMPLETE YOUR PROBATION in order to put in for most of these units or divisions. Some units require more patrol time than two years. Don’t worry, patrol is fun and the time will fly by. Everyday is a different challenge. Many officers patrol their whole career out of choice because of the excitement, emotional rewards and challenges they receive on a daily basis while on patrol.

Therefore, the following information is designed to help you understand the nature of the work you will be performing as an officer. There are aspects of this career that are unpleasant and present officers with physically and emotionally challenging events. Take a look at the questions below. If you answer NO to any situation below, you may wish to reconsider applying for this type of employment.

1. I understand and accept that at the police academy, I will be exposed to physical demands, such as running, and a paramilitary environment in which I will be conditioned to take orders and observe the chain-of-command.

2. I am willing to work in a patrol assignment for a minimum of two years before I can apply for and transfer to a specialized assignment.

3. I am willing to work varied schedules during any hours of the day, all days of the week, including holidays and weekends on a regular basis.

4. I am willing to work overtime (after completion of work shift or on a day outside of regular work schedule) without prior notice in order to complete critical work assignments and/or to respond to emergency or “call-out” situations.

5. I am willing to work all locations, under all types of conditions, with all types of people including searching and/or touching suspects who are dirty, neglected, injured or bleeding.

6. I am willing to use firearms in a proficient manner and prepared to use force when required in the lawful performance of duties, including deadly force when necessary.

7. I am willing to adhere to an established dress code with specifics in regards to grooming and physical appearance.

8. I am willing to fill-out many forms, logs, and reports and in addition be required to learn and memorize large quantities of complex and detailed material.

9. I am willing to testify accurately and credibly in court, including cases with substantial media exposure, regarding arrests, reports taken, evidence recovered, and victims’ statements.

10. I am willing to participate in numerous physically demanding activities such as physically subduing and detaining combative suspects, controlling crowds, maintain my post on patrol for up to eight hours or longer, performing CPR and first aid procedures, etc.

11. I understand and accept that this job requires me to maintain a clear head, a positive attitude, and a solid work ethic while working under a great deal of pressure, enduring substantial criticism at times, and dealing with people who are upset, angry, and/or hostile.

If you answered "No" - we understand. This job is not for everyone.

If you you answered "Yes" - apply here


Anonymous said...

Love the Blues Brother's reference in the photo! Great post today. I have heard of applicant's not even wanting to carry a gun in the past!

Anonymous said...

Great post. I believe you when you say that some people just do not realize what really goes on out on the streets!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry, I meant to say yes, yes, yes...LOL

Anonymous said...

Great post today.

Anonymous said...

Great one. I bet most people think they will go right into a specialized unit.

Anonymous said...

Good post. Informative and true.

Steve Olivos said...

Great post!!!, ALL of my answers are YES!!! Received a call last month, now I'm just waiting to take all steps necessary to wear the BLUE!!!

Anonymous said...

I've answeres yes to all of them, but will get over the insults. I don't need to apply, I already did, passed the prescreening and awaiting the next step in the application process. Officer McCoy, thanks for making me believe in myself!

Officer McCoy said...

Anthony, not following on the "insults" part of your post. Please explain.

Anonymous said...

great post. I agree. YES!!!

Anonymous said...

Well, the insults I was talking about is rule 11, where it talks about "endure substantial criticism".