How to Be a Great Cop

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An easy-to-read handbook that incorporates years of law enforcement training and experience, How to Be a Great Cop shares the insights and experiences of officers who have been there. Written to provide readers with an accurate view of the realities of the job, the book outlines surviving on the street and the emotional and medical implications of the job, as well as, the history of law enforcement, dealing with the criminal justice system and guidelines for what it takes to be an outstanding officer. The author outlines the importance of integrity, dealing with the judicial system, surviving the street, emotional health, and staying physically fit. For law enforcement professionals and individuals interested law enforcement.

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"To be a great cop... attitude is everything."

How to Be a Great Cop teaches every cop and cop-to-be how to excel at this exciting and challenging profession. From ethics and mental conditioning to dealing with the politics of the justice system, from managing stress to managing your physical fitness, all aspects of police work are discussed and tied together.

How to Be a Great Cop is full of the real-life experiences of other cops, helpful resources, and tips for emotional survival—things that every cop can use. Don't neglect yourself: How to Be a Great Cop is a resource that any police officer can use to improve their life.

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Law enforcement—it is one of America's greatest, yet most difficult, professions.
A heritage of pride. A history of tradition.

This book is for people who thrive on overcoming obstacles and working hard for a good cause. Whether you have yet to be sworn in, are on the street right now, or have become a seasoned cop; you should have a thirst for knowledge. How to Be a Great Cop shares the insights and experiences of those who have "been there." It talks about reality and the things that are important in an officer's life.

Chapter 1 focuses on the history of law enforcement. Everyone benefits from the insight that only experience can deliver. When you understand police tradition, you'll better understand yourself, your fellow officers, and the future of policing.

Chapter 2 is about greed, honesty, temptation, and pride and the choice that must be made between them. It's about ethics and honor. It doesn't preach, but talks straight about things that may ruin your career and life.

Chapter 3 responds to the question of what it takes to be a great cop. Highlights include personal control; discipline; wisdom; caring; positive attitude; hard work; supporting others; and staying educated. You have to work hard to have the "right stuff."

Chapter 4 discusses interacting with the judicial system. Some of the subjects reviewed include the law, American justice, prosecution, courts, civil suits, plea bargaining, defense attorneys, and legal terms. If you learn how to make the most of the legal frustrations with which our criminal justice system confronts you, you will have enough knowledge to do your job and save yourself a lot of grief.

Chapter 5 discusses surviving the street, including strategies and techniques of the nation's leading survival trainers. Mental conditioning is emphasized. Practical, realistic techniques can make a difference when you need them. The chapter provides important information on anticipating danger, understanding physiological changes in a crisis, and analyzing shoot outs.

Emotional survival is often overlooked in police work. Officers suffer serious medical problems or die from stress-related difficulties more often than attacks from guns or knives. Chapter 6 sheds light on these issues. It examines why people become cops, the natural changes in emotions anyone can expect, and how to manage police stress. In addition, it offers information on dealing with angry citizens, your spouse, and children; the truth about exercise; and special concerns of veteran officers.

Chapter 7 discusses why it is important for an officer to be physically fit. It presents helpful information on physical exams, stretching, choosing the right exercises, nutrition, and eating habits.

Appendices A-D provide information on law enforcement agencies and training organizations, related associations, and state training councils and police standards commissions. Contact information for more than two hundred important organizations are included. Appendix E outlines the educational requirements of law enforcement agencies across the country. It is part of a Bureau of Justice Statistics report entitled Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 1997 (NCJ 171681). Understanding the facts, figures, and statistics about the operations of contemporary law enforcement is a priceless tool for any officer to achieve greatness.

Every chapter has been written to cover specific subjects with reasonable thoroughness. The underlying premise is that most people have the ability to be successful. The extent of their commitment determines whether they will achieve greatness. To be a great cop, attitude and commitment are everything.

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