Can and should libertarians be police officers? I'm going to officially be a senior in college beginning this August, and will graduate with my BS in criminal justice in May 2013. While I'll graduate that spring, I'll only have a brief law enforcement internship to go through that summer, and I'll be done. My minor is in psychology. Recently I've discovered my hardcore conservatism was just misunderstood libertarianism. Basically, I believe each individual should be allowed to do whatever they want, until they prevent another individual from doing whatever they want--which I really only see in assault, injury, theft, fraud, rape, kidnapping, damage to property, trespassing, and murder. I disagree with fines or imprisonment being used to enforce any law that doesn't protect individuals from those things--which means I'm philosophically against most laws. I decided to major in criminal justice because one of the things I always wanted to do was be a police officer. But now I'm rethinking the whole thing. If I went into law enforcement, I'd either have to go against my beliefs and take property (money, via fines) and/or liberty (via jail) from people for causes I don't believe warrant it, or do what I think is right and ignore every speeder and drug dealer I came into contact with until I'm fired. It's too late to change majors now, but I could always try to find another job using my degree, or join the military, since that's something else I've wanted to do. Plus I'd be joining as an officer. But joining the military would involve many of the same issues I face in deciding on joining law enforcement. When searching the internet for answers, I found very little. But in the little forum chatter I did dig up, many said that they believed that a true libertarian--someone believing in the inherent right of the individual to life, liberty, and property--can't be a functional police officer. But someone else caught my attention with a post that said they believed that, "only libertarians should be police officers." All this is not to even mention my belief that our country could and should move to a situation in which we have no--and need no--employees. Every paycheck I got, every bonus I earned, and every raise I fought for would be a debit against the American people. So... Can and should libertarians be police officers? Any experience with this issue? I want to serve and protect people, but not from themselves.