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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!
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  • There Is a Correlation Between Being a Cop and Poor Health

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    Everyone has heard the stereotype about police officers loving donuts, and even though it's often played for laughs in pop culture, it's not really funny. The reality is that just being a cop can cause poor health. Many police officers develop unhealthy eating habits because of the random hours, as well as pretty much working without breaks, causing one to have to eat on the run. 
  • Equipment Is Often Outdated

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    When the likelihood of your company getting new equipment is determined by a government strapped for cash, it's no wonder that most police departments are operating with outdated machinery. Just take a look at the LAXPD, whose patrol cars stay on the street more than double the amount of time they should!
  • Police Academy Training Is Grueling

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    As should be expected, the police academy is tough both mentally and physically. It is completely possible to be well-suited physically to be a police officer, but to lack the knowledge it takes to make it through and vice versa. And for this reason, completing the police academy successfully is extremely difficult.
  • Field Training Is Extremely Difficult

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    Field training is very difficult, because you have to take everything you've learned in the police academy and use it in real life, and the pressure can be intense. Being constantly evaluated and scrutinized by veteran officers can prove to be nerve-racking.