What do you make? It’s a question I get asked often by my students who want to be a police officer because for whatever reason, they think law enforcement officers get paid well. I give my students the whole truth, and often times students become even more motivated to pursue a career in law enforcement because they didn’t realize how honorable a profession it really is.
Being a police officer myself, this makes me very proud. Below is a quote I read to my students to show them it’s not about how much money you make, but how police officers make a difference. Feel free to share, the next time you get asked why you want to work in law enforcement.
“Oh... you're a Cop?? That's cool. I wanted to do that when I was a kid. What do you make? WHAT DO I MAKE?? I make holding your hand seem like the biggest thing in the world when someone just tried to hurt you. I make 5 minutes seem like a lifetime when I am fighting a suspect while waiting for back up. I make those annoying sirens seem like angels when you need them. I can make your children breathe when they stop. I make myself get out of bed at 3:00 a.m. to risk my life to save people I've never met. I make it possible to keep back the chaos every day. I make going to work for your family's safety a duty that I will die for. I make myself work holidays, weekends, nights, during snow storms and other disasters. Today, I might make the ultimate sacrifice to save your life. I make a difference. What do you make?"
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