Public Scrutiny

A cop is always under Public Scrutiny. People watching no matter where you are or what you're doing.

And it's not just with human eyes.

The advancement in technology over the years means that there are cameras everywhere. From storefront security cameras, to bank ATM cameras, to cellular telephone video cameras.

It's estimated that in an urban setting, you are recorded approximately 60-100 times in one single day!

Whether you're on a vehicle stop, or on the way in to the station house at the end of the day, you are being watched!

Being a cop means you'll just have to deal with it.

Everyone is used to seeing the media question and second guess Police action on the news. Think about the last time you saw a story where someone was complaining that the Police didn't handle something the way they thought it should have been.

Any investigation that ends up on the news or in the paper is always analyzed and dissected to the nth degree.

And it won't be just in the media. It will happen at more mundane, run of the mill calls, like civil complaints about neighbours, or traffic stops.


It'll also happen in your personal life, when you're not working.

Maybe you have some friends over on the weekend and there's a bit of music playing kind of late. Your neighbours will probably be thinking, "he should know better. He's a cop."

You'll always be expected to be polite and courteous, even if you're having one helluva bad day!

Remember, even when you're off duty you're expected to lead by example. Be prepared to be judged no matter what the circumstances!

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