Personality traits needed to be a good cop?

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  1. Grayson

    Grayson

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    Wanting some opinions of what kind of personality you feel someone needs to be a good cop?

    And/or, personality traits that would make you unsuitable for a career in law enforcement?
     
  2. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    Honest with integrity

    Strong moral convictions where they don't just "go with the flow" and the courage to stand by their convictions.

    Rational rather than emotional. You can generally tell the difference by how someone expresses themselves. The one driven by logic and reason will say "I think", the emotion driven individual says, "I feel".

    Able to see both sides of an issue.

    Not easily excitable.

    Firm but fair

    Self confidence in themselves and their abilities. Self confident individuals are less likely to react badly to provocations and won't back down when they should stand their ground or advance.

    A sense of humor, without it you will burnout quick.

    Able to be compassionate without letting emotion govern their actions. or bind them to reality.

    Quick witted and able to think on your feet. A lot of trouble can be averted or minimized if the officer is quick enough to handle the situation before it gets out of hand.
     
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  3. cash

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    Ditto Dragoon.

    I'd add tenacity.
     
  4. 9L82

    9L82 Caffeine Addled

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    Way to save some for us Dragoon, he forgot to add thorough
     
  5. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    see, I saved some for you and cash to chime in.

    :rofl::rofl:
     
  6. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

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    Attention to detail, too... got to be able to pick apart those stories they tell to explain how they're "innocent". Must be able to spot the inconsistencies.

    Or are the BGs generally stupid enough this isn't a problem? :rofl:

    Randy
     
  7. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    I will add another.

    Listens more than he talks. And pays attention to what people actually say and why they are saying it.

    There are times when you need to remain silent and listen, and times you need to take control verbally and or physically.

    The trick is knowing which is which. which calls for good judgment.
     
  8. MarcDW

    MarcDW MDW Guns Millennium Member

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    I hated this question on the oral board!
     
  9. nikerret

    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    Witty, and able to keep a straight face. Understand, meow?
     
  10. blueiron

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    Inquistive - always asking why, even when the answers appear to make sense.

    Detail oriented - it can be the small things that make a case.

    Lack of squeamishness - if you do not like or cannot tolerate blood, dead bodies, or the like; stay away.

    An interest in all things - You will come to learn many things. It helps to have an interest.

    Acting - you must always act like you care, even when you really don't.
     
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    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    Unsuitable traits: Cowardice, laziness, unfounded arrogance.
     
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    9L82 Caffeine Addled

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    Dedicated and willing to treat this as a career and a life calling. Willing to educate himself and stay current. Must be at peace that he will do what it takes to survive and prtect his fellow officers, there is no time to think about it when it happens.
     
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    To be a good cop?
    Aggression is key. Need to be witty, quick on your toes. Patience is also important.

    Think of it this way, if you were the kid in highschool that did all the same dumb **** your friends did, but were smart enough not to get caught, you'll be a good cop.
     
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    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    What Col Grossman calls, "A capacity for violence". that is controlled and properly directed.
     
  15. steveksux

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    +1000 Sincerity is key. If you can fake that, you've got it made... :tongueout:

    Randy
     
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    pretty much this ^^
     
  17. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    Most of the really good cops were the type that can't imagine doing something else.

    They aren't frustrated wannabe firemen, EMT's, or God forbid, lawyers.

    :cool:
     
  18. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    Hey!:steamed:

    In any event... like a good K-9, the officer needs a high play drive to get out there and root out evil where it may lie.

    Sense of humor and ability to not take things too seriously. If you don't, you will last about 3 months before you quit.

    The ability to turn it on and shut it off. Just because a perp brung it, and you return it in spades, don't mean you can keep going. Once he submits, you better stop and go from vengeful conqueror to compassionate nurse and get that guy medical help so he can live to sue you. Then you get to go home to your little darling kid and put it all out of your mind.

    Iron gut to withstand the daily assault of the greasy, heart bombs we eat at 4 in the morning when nothing else is open.

    Innate sense of justice. Without it, you are just a wage earner that is going by what the book says without an internal source of guidance and motivation.

    As for bad traits? Cowardice, deception, pettiness, laziness, ego, vanity, lack of personal conviction, etc. You know, the same things that make someone into those that you would not want to work together with in any professional setting.
     
  19. blueiron

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    Another DQ? Militantcy in OC.
     
  20. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    That would fall under needing to have an IQ above room temperature.

    :rofl::rofl: