Quick-thinking, tremendously controlled
and highly adaptable, police officers see
their work as an on-going professional
and personal challenge, to be met with
gusto and initiative. This life approach
integrates deeply, making them keen
competitors, able teammates and
steadfast friends.

Innovative and insightful, police officers
develop uniquely personalized coping
techniques to manage the rigors of police
work, keeping goals attainable and
rewards self-defined. Establishing a solid
personal identity that translates
smoothly from 'on their beat 'to' in their
home is all-important to an officer—
enabling the core of their personality to
remain strong for the demands of their
duties and for the needs of their loved

Punishing, brutal and raw, the events
officers are required to control and
resolve define a human reality whose
existence is not lessened because an
officer goes off duty. Knowing that their
daily battle is but one step in a
continuing war, officers believe that their
battle is just and honorable—and worth
returning to.

Perils abound in the life of a police officer,
yet those that make the choice to
enforce the law accept those perils and
perceive them as an opportunity for
courage; and an opportunity for courage
defines life behind a badge.
by George M. Godoy
Becoming A Cop
The Blue And You
A police officer's world is populated by
unsavory characters, regulated by laws,
regulations and policies, and powered by
spikes of adrenalin. A police officer's life is
a balance between work and home, like
every working person, but an officer's
work is more than just their job—it is
also who they are.

The uniform, badge and gear may come
off when an officer reaches home, but
the authority, sense of duty and
commitment to community can never be
laid aside. The training and dedication
every officer carries with them is, and
must be, ready to be put into action at a
moment's notice — whether the officer is
on duty or at home sipping a cool drink
and grilling steaks.

Police officers operate in black and white,
good and bad parameters—a necessary
environment for their exacting duties.
Enforcing laws and abiding by regulations
leaves no room for errors, yet every
officer is asked to find the pinpoint
balance of judgment that enforces
exactly, but also addresses the greatest
good. Officers' mental and physical
resources are finite, but their desire to
achieve is infinite. This desire transforms
stressors that would disable many into
opportunities to excel.
Sergeant George Godoy (Ret.) is a 22
year police veteran.  During his police
career, Sergeant Godoy served for 5
years as a police recruitment specialist
where he personally tested over 1,000
potential police recruits.

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