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Biggest fear of being a cop

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by wrangler_dave9, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Just curious as to what your guy's responses will be. What was/is your biggest fear about being a cop when you first decided to become one, or when you first started out on the job?

    Right now, mine is being dispatched to a call and having no idea where I'm going.

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  2. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

    Jun 16, 2007
    Waco, Texas
    Geography is my strong point so not worried there. Mine I think would be not being able to help my partner for some reason if something bad happened.

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  3. kgain673


    Oct 8, 2007
    glen burnie, MD
    Getting hit by a car, or a car accident
  4. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    When I was one, the only things I ever feared were getting sent to prison for something related to excesive force and people trying to set me up or lie about me.
  5. Stang_Man


    Dec 3, 2006
    I graduate the academy VERY soon!

    My biggest fear is encountering a situation, and not knowing what to do.

    I know this type if wisdom comes with experience. I have a level head and often look at things from many angles, so I think I'll be just fine.
  6. rsagona1

    rsagona1 Hello

    Jun 21, 2006
    Somewhere in MD
    I agree with Stang. I graduate soon and I can think of a couple already:

    1. Being hit by another vehicle while on a traffic stop
    2. Having my gun taken away from me
    3. As Stang said, not knowing what to do in a situation.
  7. That I wouldn't get off each and every Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, Christmas Day, New Years eve, New Years day, Labor Day weekend and Labor Day, for the next 20-years.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  8. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    Get used to it. It's going to happen every day for a while, then every couple days, every week, every couple weeks, etc. The most important thing is that you do SOMETHING, and be able to articulate why you did it.
  9. That's one of mine too. Congrats on the academy! I start in January.

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  10. Butcher

    Butcher NRA Life Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    My biggest fear in the academy was to be assigned to the "worst" district in the city, notorious for its drugs/gangs/violence. Of course, I was assigned there, but after four years, I can't imagine working anywhere else. Best police in the country IMO. No offense to anyone else ;)

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  11. I was in a similar situation. But looking back, I realized it was the best thing ever! First, because as a brand new New Jack, I didn't know better and thought the "worst" was normal. So career wise, anywhere you go after that, it's like being on a mini-vacation.

    Second, working in the "worst," nobody comes around to bother you about the little things, like wearing white socks with your uniform, no hat, or boots slightly in need of a polish. They're just glad you showed up for work!

    Finally, of course, you learn more police work in a much shorter period of time than anyone else. And you can always say with pride "yeah, I was a cop for X years in that district."

    Yeah, I'll disagree but understand your sentiment. :supergrin:

    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  12. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    Working in corrections there are some differences, yet also a lot of similarities.

    For example, a call for assistance to an officer comes over the radio, and knowing the worst things that can be done have happened. And, us not being able to do a thing, but to clean up the mess. I still get this way from time to time, although not as often.

    In the agency I work, we have had people loose their lives, (not often). More often it is for health issues. The last fellow had a widow maker, yet was one of the most in shape officers I knew. I mean he was in excellent shape from all appearances. Yet, he lost his life while training, and died in hospital, or on the way to it. Everyone of us who heard about it and knew him had that helpless demoralized feeling, realizing it could have been one of us.

    Of the times I went down, each time was something that could have killed me, yet for some reason G-d spared me from passing on. Yet, someone who is healthy, and young is killed from some other issue. Everytime I have asked G-d, "Why?", knowing it is not for us to understand all of G-d's thoughts on these matters, nor to question Him as to why He would allow someone else with a wife and kids to go from this world.

    Sorry for the rant and hijacking your post. I guess the question provoked some things I have not thought about for a good while.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  13. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    When I first became a cop, I had no fear of anything.

    It was only later in my last department that I worried about anything.
  14. Kingarthurhk

    Kingarthurhk Isaiah 53:4-9

    Sep 5, 2010
    I didn't think I had anything to worry about until I got older, wiser, married and had kids. Now, I don't want to screw something up and disgrace my position. I take even minor screw ups personally.

    I think I was happier when I was young, dumb, and blissfully ignorant..
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  15. 3Speedyfish3


    Jun 12, 2011
    I like DBBR's reply.

    After 25 years and half my life in LE, I worry most about leaving the ones I love behind after all they've been through with me. After finding a friend and officer gunned down and having others I know shot and killed or wounded, I long ago accepted it could happen to me. Keeps you sharp. But do your job.

    I just want to make it through to spend time with my loving wife. That not happening scares me most.

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  16. nikerret

    nikerret Mr. Awesome

    Mar 29, 2005
    First, was this^

    With this^

    Now, it's this^

    With this^

    Never this^ I want to be in the worst area with the worst people with the worst crime. If there are going to be bad people, let me stand in their way. Instead, I work in an area where the "bad" people are lazy.

    I want to be the first in every door, the first in every fight. Usually, I get nothing. I make a lot of arrests, but the people known for running and fighting don't run nor fight with me. The other night, I had someone actually stop in a foot pursuit when I yelled at them. I'm the opposite of a poo magnet, but I don't want to be.

    Now, one of my biggest fears is dying of boredom.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
  17. CAcop


    Jul 21, 2002
    My biggest fear was screwing up. Especially something pretty basic.
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  18. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    Not knowing what to do in a situation is common, and expected, but what you are supposed to do is use common sense and your working knowledge of the law/policy to resolve it. You're not a walking computer and nobody can expect you to know everything and anyone who does is an idiot. It's how you handle the unknown that makes you a good cop.
  19. For me it would be making my wife a widow or being maimed/crippled. Next if getting hemmed up in someone else's mess. Most everything else I can deal with.

    For the guys getting ready to hit the road, don't worry about knowing what to do or how to get to a call. That's what you've got an FTO for. Just focus on good officer safety and soaking up the knowledge your training officer is trying to pass on to you.

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  20. I was almost 22 years old when I graduated from the academy and I wanted to go to the worst, most violent crime ridden part of the city, To prove to myself that I truly had what it takes to work in the biggest city on the west coast.

    My main fear after listening to my training officers was to be taken prisoner by a bunch of ex-cons in the biggest most violent city on the west coast!! :wow: