Why Police Officers Don’t Fit In

People can say what they want about the police, but until a person has walked in their shoes, they have no idea what they’re talking about. But one thing I believe we can agree on is that police officers simply do not fit in.

Now, before you continue to read and think I am bashing the police, it’s quite the opposite.

I became a police officer when I was 20-years-old. Moreover, I am about to marry a state trooper. As a result, I know cops don’t fit into society; they are simply a rare breed.

This article is for you to peek BEHIND THE BADGE and understand what I mean.

First, it is simply abnormal to see dead bodies, gruesome crime scenes, handle horrible abuse calls along with domestic violence and suicidal people daily.

Police officers arrive during your worst days, not your happy moments. After a while this takes a toll and makes a person want to shut down. There is only so much negativity before they themselves become sucked into the pessimism.

In order for the police officers to survive 25 years in the job, they are trained to desensitize, because if they don’t, they will not be efficient on the job.

I was just watching the Netflix documentary series on Flint Town Michigan (highly recommend you watch) and one of the officers says just that. He said that you can’t take anything on this job personal otherwise you’d never make it.

And he is 100 percent right. Cops need to put their emotions aside and handle their jobs, even when it’s the death of a child, and they have a child the same age at home.

Now can you start to see why police officers are different than the rest of society?

Cops are trained to solve problems. They have become so efficient that it makes them appear detached to the parties involved. But that is not true, they simply have a checklist of things they need to get through in order to help citizens.

So while they seem short, even blunt, they aren’t trying to be offensive. They are simply trying to discern facts and figure out the best way they can help.

The job itself seems to be an incubator. Stress coming from all areas to include administration, the public, social media, fellow officers, and front line supervisors.

We are in a unique time when every move a police officer makes is scrutinized . . . even when their actions are justified!

This stress causes officers to be unlike the rest of the population. Working conditions have dramatically changed in the past 10 years. There are not enough boots on the ground, officers are multi-tasking and handling assignments that should be completed by additional help, overtime can be forced and time off is not guaranteed.

So, at this point you may ask yourself, why do people sign up for this kind of work?

Well, if we don’t, who will? Who will hold the line between criminals and civilized society? Not a majority of society.

The job of a police officer has become so much more complex than it used to be. All the while, our antagonists have a much louder voice than before. As a result, police officers default and become a breed of their own. Consequently, they don’t always fit in very well in public settings, family affairs, church, etc. It is just the way it is. And now after reading this, perhaps you can understand why police officers are the way they are.

Autumn Clifford is a former police officer. She was in law enforcement for six years before she got hurt on duty and left the job. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is almost halfway through obtaining a masters’ degree in the field.

Autumn was not only a patrol officer, but is marrying a state trooper in September of 2018. Autumn has taken her passion for law enforcement and is now helping officers and spouses understand both sides of the badge. She has also created an online business, which, focuses on helping law enforcement. You can reach her on Instagram @theladysheepdog or by listening to her podcast Sheepdog Nation.