You should view self-sufficiency as a primary factor
in any activity in which you’re engaged. Total self-
sufficiency can be compared to perfection in that,
while ultimately unattainable, it is a goal to which
you should strive to attain efficiency and self-
Police work is unique from most other professions
and occupations when it comes to the importance
of the time it takes you to progress toward self-
sufficiency. You’ll probably begin your career with
no prior law enforcement experience. You’ll receive
six months of police academy training with a field
training program incorporated within those six
months. Shortly thereafter, you could find yourself
in a situation or circumstance for which your prior
training has not prepared you. As long as
circumstances permit, you’ll have to rely on others
to guide you and perform tasks.
There’s no question that police work, generally
speaking, is a teamwork endeavor. However, your
goal should be to make decisions and complete
tasks on your own whenever possible. There will be
times when another officer(s) will not be available to
help you, and there will be times when help from
others will create problems that could have been
avoided through some extra effort of your own.
Self-sufficiency is not something that develops
quickly. It takes the acquisition of knowledge and
experience to bring you to a level where you can
confidently make decisions and perform tasks
without assistance from others. From the very
beginning, you must realize that you are a novice,
and you have a lot to learn. Some new police
officers make the mistake of vastly overestimating
their knowledge and abilities. These officers will
hastily make decisions, and they will gladly delegate
as many responsibilities as possible to others.
These same officers will encounter problems sooner
than later. While some of the some will learn from
the debilitating results from self-created problems,
there will be those who will never learn the
importance of self-sufficiency. This latter group will
become easily recognizable as those who are lazy
and less than competent.
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"There’s no question that police work,
generally speaking, is a teamwork endeavor.
However, your goal should be to make
decisions and complete tasks on your own
whenever possible." ~ Barry M. Baker