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Why did you join the Police Force?

Written by chaplain on 23 April, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

As I go into stations and out with officers I see many a frustrated officer. That’s one of the reasons I am here. I am a place where they can offload before they explode.  I am a fence at the top of the cliff and not just an ambulance at the bottom.

There are a lot of officers who, at about year 5 in the force, have hit a wall of frustration. They have given their best– their heart and soul to their job. They start to ask themselves some really important, soul-searching questions. Here are some I hear. “Can I keep this up?” “Is it really worth it all?” “This paperwork is not what I planned on.” “I don’t enjoy working with such ungrateful public.” “The job has changed from when I started.” “This shift work is killing me and my home life.” “If I see another bad guy get off I am going to throw in the towel.”

Have you been thinking these thoughts? As a Chaplain, I want to bring you some hope and purpose and clarity. I would like you to again ask yourself why you’re in the job? Why? Because when you can lose sight of your purpose, position and power, I think you may run off the rails. When I am speaking with officers in this place I always try to take them back to why they took up the role. Here are some of their answers. “I became a cop because I wanted to make a difference and help people.’” “I wanted to protect and help others and fight evil in our world. I wanted my life to make some impact”. Are these your core values as an officer? If so, they are great ones which are badly needed.

The problem is our world seeks to kick the purpose out of all our lives. Be it by paperwork piling on us, or public opinion. We can so fast lose our purpose and way and feel worthless and want to give up. I call you back to your core values.

I encourage officers to get back to these values and use them each day. Look for the good you’re doing, even if it seems small. Remember when you put on your uniform today that this is a day when you can help someone and make a difference in someone’s life. It may be locking them up so they can see the error of their ways and make a new start.  There is a power of GOOD in your position as an officer. But you must believe it and use it. If not, you may be being robbed of your potential! Think about it. You’re greatly needed in our world today.

I recommend you read 2 books that can help you if you feel you’re where I am talking about. Go to my links page and you will find them there:

“Emotional Survival” for Law Enforcement and their families.

“Spiritual Survival”

Also here is what the Bible says about your God-given position:

Romans 13:1-5 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

Just a Chaplains Chat.

Steve

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    21 January, 2014 at 10:23 am |

    I want to to thank you for this fantastic read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit
    of it. I have you book-marked to check out new stuff you post…

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