How is the ideal Law Enforcement officer found?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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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.