Police Work: A Career Survival Guide (2nd Edition)

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For Introduction to Law Enforcement and Police Training courses as well as police academy and police training programs. An easy-to-read handbook that incorporates years of law enforcement training and experience, Police Work: A Career Survival Guide 2e shares the insights and experiences of officers who have been on the force and on the street. Written to provide students with an accurate view of the realities of the job, the text outlines surviving on the street, the emotional and medical implications of the job and the essential elements of an officer's life. The author is a recipient of the Joseph S. Boyd Memorial Award for service to ASLET (American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers).

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Virtually every officer and deputy in America feels more stress from their own agency than from merely doing their job! Police Work: A Career Survival Guide, Second Edition, is a book that can help virtually anyone have a meaningful law enforcement career. From physical fitness, to emotional wellness, Police Work is the essential guide to a successful career in law enforcement. More importantly, it makes sure officers never forget why they first applied to wear a badge and serve their communities well.

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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. Police Work: A Career Survival Guide 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. It provides recent statistics about both crime and law enforcement agencies.

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. The chapter delivers recent research reports on the police culture and excessive use of force.

Chapter 3 responds to the question of what it takes to have a great law enforcement career. It begins with the official and "real life" qualifications of officers. 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. Recent FBI crime statistics and a profile of jails and prisons are included.

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. Details about officers who have been killed in the line of duty are given.

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. Recent research findings about the anger and frustrations that officers experience toward their own agency gives readers valuable insights into the reality of police work.

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. Contemporary, researched facts on physical activity, nutrition and sports are presented.

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. 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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