Dealing with dead bodies...

When you become a cop, you'll eventually have to deal with dead bodies.

Depending where you work, it could be your first day, week or not for 6 months. But, trust me, it'll eventually happen.

That's what all emergency personnel have to do, whether you are a paramedic, firefighter or police officer.

It's difficult, but some situations are more tougher to take than others...


There are some scenarios which, although sad, are a little easier to handle. If you get called to a scene where an elderly person has died, and the family was kind of expecting the possibility, it's a little easier.

Still sad, and you feel for the family mourning the loss of their loved one.

But there are times where you go to an accident scene where there is severe trauma to the victim. And if you're squeamish, it can be tough to see dead bodies in that state.

You may see bodies in several situations, some of which include:

  • traffic accidents
  • industrial accidents
  • suicides
  • homicides

 The general population doesn't see them on any regular basis, so it can be a shock. Depending on any previous experiences/jobs you've had before, dealing with the first few may or may not be a shock for you as a new officer.


One of the tougher things about dealing with dead bodies happens when the deceased isn't found for a while. It's basically just meat, and with time, it begins to rot.

And it gets bad.

Really bad. You'll see this sometimes when you have someone who lives alone in an apartment. They may slip and fall, have a heart attack, or die in their sleep.

But because they live alone, there isn't anybody to call or report it. So, the deceased just sits there. And it begins to decompose. Slowly. They rot from the inside out and the smell starts. It seeps out into the hallway, and then someone reports the smell.

You get a call to investigate it. The door's locked, but the smell is unmistakable. You go down to the superintendent and get a key. Unlock the door and enter.

And that's when the smell hits you full force, almost as if you've walked blindly into a wall.

I can't really describe or explain adequately what it smells like or how powerful it is. But trust me, when they've been decomposing for a while, they become ripe and the smell will make you dry heave and wretch.

Cops often joke that it's the smell of death, and it's so strong it gets into your uniform.

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