Ahhh yes. The police partner. Sometimes it can be fun. Sometimes it blows. But there's lots of things to consider. More than you may realize...
So, which is better, you may ask. There's pros and cons to both and it really depends on what you are looking at.
From a safety stand point, it's usually better to have a partner. Why?
Because when you are working out on the road, you are always facing the unknown. ALWAYS. Whenever you go to a call, or do a traffic stop, or even go into a store to grab your lunch, you don't know what's around the corner. You could walk head first into an armed robbery without even knowing its happening until you get there. (Trust me, weird shit like this happens)
It's always great to have backup right there in case things go freaking bad in a hurry. Sure, you could call for help on the radio, but help may be minutes away. And in a bad situation, even seconds away can be too long....So having a partner with you is safer for the most part...unless you have an incompetent moron of a partner who creates more problems, and is just a walking error.
It is quite possible that you end up with a moron of a police partner who creates unsafe situations on his own. He may drive like an aggressive fool and risk getting you killed in a traffic accident on a regular basis. Or maybe he's so inept at dealing with people, he or she creates a physical altercation when there was nothing happening to begin with. You know the type I'm talking about. If you don't, click the above link to find out...
On the other hand, if you have a partner that you get along with, it can be great. If you have the same interests, have the same style of policing, it can be like hanging out with a buddy. When you're not on a call, and just cruising around looking for stuff, you can joke around and chill. And you can feel a lot more confident knowing that your partner has your back should things turn ugly.
That's the best case scenario. You and your partner get along awesome and become pals. Kinda like the Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh thing (Lethal Weapon for you young ones who don't remember)
Sometimes you have a dedicated partner, and you'll be working together all the time if you request it.
But this can create some awkward situations as well. Especially if your dedicated partner that you work with on a constant basis is of the opposite sex. WHen this happens, sometimes it's better to work by yourself lol...
Have you checked out the section in this site about the police divorce rate? Can you see where I'm going with this one?
You spend about 12 hours a day working with your partner. If you get along great with her, have the same interests, oh yeah, and she's hot and she thinks you're attractive....well.....this could be problematic.
Especially if either one of you is married. Now, this scenario isn't unique to just policing or police partners, but it is an issue.
Now, am I saying that you should make sure that your partner is of the same sex? No, I'm not. Am I saying that you should make sure that if you have a partner of the opposite sex that you should make sure that you don't find her attractive? No, I'm not.
I'm just pointing out a few things, nothing more. Just describing a bit about what it can be like to work with a partner, and some issues that you may face.