What does it take to be a cop?

What does it take to be a cop? Lighting reflexes and the Kung-Fu moves of Bruce Lee? Or maybe an encyclopedia like memory and knowledge of every law and criminal procedure out there? Or is it what Hollywood would have you believe…shooting from moving vehicles and taking on international terrorists all while yelling Yippee Ki Yay? While some of those things help, what makes for a good law enforcement officer is actually much simpler. And more difficult at the same time.

What primarily makes up the core of a good cop (And therefore a good candidate) is character. ┬áIt is the “soft skills” that make or break you in law enforcement. Continue reading “What does it take to be a cop?”