Having a Career in Law Enforcement in 2021

Talk about peer pressure, nonconformity. Express how you feel about the future and your career path.”

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In today’s society there is a stormy cloud that hovers over the law enforcement career path. This assignment grabbed my attention because I want to go in to law enforcement after graduating college. Law enforcement strikes all three pieces of this specific topic. Before going into law enforcement one has to be mindful of what they can do and what they can not do within a certain time before applying for a job in law enforcement. This can be as small as smoking marijuana to as big as not being a felon. These things flow right into peer pressure and nonconformity. The peer pressure aspect of this is not letting your friends talk you into doing illegal activities. Whether it is substance related or actual criminal offenses. I have had to make sure that I am toeing that line, so that when it came time for my application process and polygraph I was set to go. The nonconformity part of this can be seen before I enter law enforcement and after. The before part plays off the peer pressure aspect of it too. It can be seen in my life of myself not conforming to doing illegal activities, so that I have the opportunity to make a career in law enforcement. After being in law enforcement it can be seen by not conforming to what the bad cops are doing. Some examples of that based around the big topics like discrimination, racial profiling, and just overall ethics.

By having all of those things preached to me growing up and especially these past few years, has built me a road to success in that career path. I also want to point out that when I do get into law enforcement those different things that I have been following do not just stop when I get the job. Those have to continue to carry on to secure myself a long and successful career. The stories that you hear about the bad cops in today’s society have lost sight of those key things, which has caused them to earn their title of bad cop.


  1. Upon reading this it is obvious this person has been striving toward his goal of being in law enforcement since very young; this career choice sent him on a straight and narrow path sometimes alone as a leader, not a follower. His fortitude is understood in his writing, to be commended!

    1. This career path has been in my sights for a long time. It is such a good experience being able to use it as a platform for some of my work in this class.

  2. From reading this I believe you will be an amazing police officer. My grandfather retired as a Lieutenant in Illinois. Peer pressure was a massive issue within the department, but he stood up for what was right wether it be for needed officer training, fair overtime pay for fellow officers, or doing whatever was in his power to protect the people. Growing up I saw what makes up a good cop and you’ve got it. I have the utmost respect for you wanting to be a police officer in a time where nobody believes there are still good cops.

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