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Things You Didn't Know About Becoming a Cop

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Everyone has seen a fair share of TV police procedurals. Whether it was an episode of CSI: Miami or NYPD Blue, or even the harrowing documentary The Thin Blue Line, it's clear that being a police officer is a high-pressure job. So what's becoming a police officer like? This list will give you some insight into what it's like to become a cop.

Knowing how important the job is, it's easy to assume that becoming a cop is difficult - as it should be. But what exactly goes into becoming a cop? And what exactly is it like to live as a police officer? Read on to find out!
  • Half of All Cops Involved in Shootings Suffer from PTSD

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    Being a cop is stressful enough, but having to fire your weapon is something that few people can mentally prepare for. And like service members in the military, many police officers have to deal with PTSD as a result of having seen horrific things.
  • Police Officers Have Differing Opinions on Gun Laws

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    It's no secret that gun laws in America are certainly a hot button issue, and just because officers are required to carry firearms, they don't all support the public's ability to do the same. Some police officers have no issue with concealed carry, but others are vehemently against it.
  • Firing a Weapon Is Uncommon

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    Officer-involved shootings seem like they happen pretty often in the US. But despite the headlines, most officers go their entire career without firing their weapon, let alone killing someone.
  • Acoholism Rates Are High Among Police Officers

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    If you think your job causes you to need a drink at the end of a hard week, think about the amount of pressure that comes with being a cop. Studies have shown that alcoholism affects up to 1 in 4 (or 25% of) police officers. The numbers are so high because drinking is used in social situations as well as a method to cope with the stress of the job.