Every day as a police officer can be different, and it can be especially different depending on what kind of community you live or work in. From Chicago PD to the Andy Griffith Show, the differences in communities can mean a lot of different responsibilities, too. But there are some things that all police officers have in common—a desire to protect and serve.
The responsibilities of a police officer can change day to day: one day it could be parking tickets and the next it could be responding to 911 calls. Everyday brings something different to the job, but there are some reliable tasks that most police officers are familiar with.
Patrolling areas within police jurisdiction
Responding to 911 calls
Recording witness accounts of crimes
Give first aid to victims in need
Serving as a public liaison to enhance police image
Different Communities and Different Duties
Every community has its own unique issues, but the differences between urban and rural might be the most significant. Each community has its own intricacies that make the police work unique, too. Urban areas have significantly larger forces, so smaller areas may have officers with a more diverse range of responsibilities. In all of these places, though, the responsibilities are all centered around a few key ideas: police officers are expected to be impartial and respectful in every situation, along with offering and protecting the rights guaranteed in the U.S. constitution for every citizen.
Day to Day on the Job
No two days are exactly alike, but there are some good standbys that can give you a good idea of what it’s like to be a police officer.
First, it’s important to be in full uniform that is up to your chief’s standards. Polished shoes included.
Daily briefings happen at the beginning of each shift and typically include things like “critical incidents, notifications from surrounding agencies, missing person reports, and added patrol requests”
After the briefing, subpoenas are distributed and officers are dismissed to “loadout” their vehicle
Loading out the vehicles consists of checking the technical aspects of the car itself, and searching it for any “contraband” that could have been left a previously detained person. This is also an essential step after each arrest, to ensure that anything found can be used as evidence in a trial.
After this, officer’s load their gear bag and go out on patrol. This is where, shift to shift, tasks can change a lot.
After any of these incidents, the main part of police work happens: report writing.
Leadership in Police Work
In every kind of job there are leaders that help teams get their jobs done, but not every leader is the same. Leadership in police work takes a unique strategy that can handle high intensity situations that can even be life or death. One major part of leadership in this line of work is creating an environment of trust with the team. A focus on safety and protocol are also important parts of maintaining a well functioning unit—and a safe one, too. To do this, though, a leader must also communicate well with the team and make sure everyone is on the same page. Focus is important, but focus on the right things is essential, so having a clearly defined overarching mission for your team can not only show that you are dedicated to success and safety, but it will allow a sense of trust and determination to be a guiding force for the team.