Finding the ideal Law Enforcement officer can be very difficult. Normally, a police and fire commission for small towns sifts through applicants and chooses several to interview. The officers have to have met certain educational requirements such as a degree in Criminal Justice or something related to being an officer. The interview itself is critical as those hiring an officer try to get a feel for the person's best characteristics and those which require improvement. A calm ability to assess a situation, know the requirements of the law, not to provoke a power struggle to get the citizen to do as an officer asks all contribute to being hired. The ideal is just that--an ideal and not a reality. Hiring a new officer is trying to come as close as possible to the ideal officer and matching the needs of each jurisdiction and the community's expectations.