Things To Consider Before Getting into Law Enforcement

Law enforcement – this career path is one that is for the brave and true, for the ones that are just and concerned about the welfare of their fellow men. If you feel that law enforcement would be the best career path for you to take, then you should by now be studying all about the technicalities involved in being in law enforcement. You may even be considering enrolling in a police academy to really prepare yourself for the application process.

However, there are some things that you should keep in mind when deciding to become a law enforcement agent. Here are some of the main things that you should consider:

Are you intellectually prepared for law enforcement?

Law enforcement is not a job that just anyone can get into. Unfortunately, nowadays it has become a requirement of sorts to have at least attended a few years of college before being qualified for law enforcement jobs. Simply graduating from high school is not enough. In fact, those who have attended police academies have a bit of an advantage when it comes to this career.

Are you in good physical shape?

This is very important since you will have to undergo various physical tests before you are considered to enter the force. You will have to pass agility, stamina, and strength tests among others. After all, police work is not just paperwork. It requires action and a good physically fit body to be able to function well.  Certainly being in good health would include not having any substance addictions or drinking problems.

Are you prepared for the costs of being in law enforcement?

Law enforcement is no walk in the park. In fact, it does not only come with physical risks, but it comes with various emotional risks as well. Law enforcement comes with a lot of stress and strain. If you are not fully equipped to deal with all of those things, then you will find that you may not be a good fit for this kind of career.

A really good thing to do is to get the insight of a person who is already in the field of law enforcement, so you can get in depth details about how it feels and how it is actually like to have such a career.

How does your family and loved ones feel about you becoming part of law enforcement?

Your decision to go into law enforcement is not a solo decision. You should take into account the feelings of your loved ones as well. You should be conscious that although you will be the one putting yourself out there in the field, your family and loved ones would be the one who will be waiting at home, scared and concerned about your health and safety. Therefore, if something happens to you, it’s not only you, but your family, who will suffer.

These are only some of the many factors that you have to consider when trying to get into law enforcement. Keep in mind that above all things, however, it is your conviction and commitment that should prevail.

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Posted by John Lloyd Crucillo - April 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm

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Basic Road Safety Tips

Road safety is a very important thing to keep in mind at all times. There are many risks and dangers on the road, and it is important that you be able to avoid them at all costs. The saying “prevention is better than cure” definitely applies here. After all, it is much easier to avoid a road mishap than to deal with one in the middle of nowhere with no help to be found.






Here are some of the most basic and most important road safety tips that you should be aware of in order to stay out of trouble.

  1. Always keep your doors locked. Make sure that you keep ALL your doors locked and your windows rolled up, especially while you are in the car.
  2. Always wear your seatbelt. This is very basic, but it is something that a lot of people take for granted. Seatbelts exist to save lives. Use them.
  3. Never let your gas get lower than 1/3 full. Running out of gas in the middle of nowhere is a big no-no. If you can, you can even bring along some extra gasoline for just in case.
  4. Always have your fully charged mobile phone on you. With all of the technology that cell phones can provide today, it would be foolish to disregard them.
  5. Don’t text and drive! Texting while driving is a death sentence waiting to happen. Just DON’T do it.
  6. Do try to stay on main roads that are on the map (which you should also have always, or a gps system). All sorts of nasty and dangerous things can happen on off-road trails. It’s better to take the long drive over an unknown shortcut!
  7. Never let your children out of your sight, even when using restrooms, especially public ones in unfamiliar areas. Nowadays, there are all sorts of bad people lurking about in such places. Protect your children by keeping your eye on them or even just avoiding these places altogether.

Aside from the usual safety reminders, here are some tips you can use if you encounter something unfamiliar.

  1. If you see a broken down vehicle by the side of the road, do NOT stop and help. Instead, call a towing service from your cellphone. As much as you’d like to be a good Samaritan, too many criminals have used such ruses to lure victims into their traps.
  2. Do not open your doors or roll down your window for strangers. Be cautious at all times. You may feel silly afterwards, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
  3. If your car breaks down and you want to look for help, bring everyone along. Just lock your car’s doors and leave no one behind. Leaving someone to “guard” the car is a foolish and reckless thing to do. To keep everyone safe, it is essential to stick together.

As you can see with these tips, keeping safe on the road mostly involves preventive actions. If you are a smart and responsible driver, definitely keep these things in mind.


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Posted by John Lloyd Crucillo - April 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

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