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Protect our parks as a member of the park police. Preserve our aquatic resources and keep our waters safe as a marine patrol officer. Educate your community on conservation practices and laws as a wildlife officer.
No matter your passion or interest, you can find a career that's right for you in criminal justice and criminology.
On this Memorial Day, we honor those men and women who died in service to their county, and in service to us. On this Memorial Day, we are once again reminded that our freedom is not free, but comes at a great cost, one we are most fortunate and humbled to have others so willing to pay in our stead.
We thank our fallen heroes, and we grieve with their families. Let us remain ever vigilant in our remembrance, that their sacrifices are never forgotten.Image Courtesy NYC Marines/Flickr Creative Commons
Unfortunately, officers are lost throughout the year, and even one line of duty death is 1 too many.
One very prominent way the law enforcement community continues to honor their own is through the Officer Down Memorial Page, which was founded in 1996.
The week features different events each day, beginning with the candlelight vigil on Sunday night. It culminates with the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Thursday - National Peace Officers' Memorial Day - and finally a fun Friday night at the ballpark when the Washington Nationals host the Nationals' Police Memorial Night.
The purpose of all the activities is to call attention to and memorialize the officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and the families they left behind.
Whatever you're doing this week, please take a moment to think about the fallen officers and their families, and recall the sacrifice they've made and the pain they must feel.Image courtesy Elvert Barnes via Creative Commons
SWAT team members handle hostage rescues, active shooters, dignitary protection, warrant service and any other situation that requires their unique skill sets, but it takes a high level of physical and mental toughness that not every person, let alone every police officer, has.Image Courtesy Secret Ireland via Creative Commons
Why do cops hate this so much? Because failing to move over, or not paying attention while on the road, can cause a crash that can and will kill a police officer as fast as any bullet. On May 4, 2014, one motorist did just that.
Details have not been released, but what is known is that a State Trooper, a tow truck driver and a pedestrian are all dead as a result of a tragic accident that occurred while the trooper and the tow truck driver were clearing a previous crash scene.
It's no secret that law enforcement careers are dangerous, but there are some tragedies for which there are no words. Police train to deal with threats, both known and unknown. Unfortunately, tragedies like this one go to show that the times in which police officers and other emergency workers are truly safe are very few and far between, indeed.
Want to know what cops really hate, more than anything else? It's simple. We hate saying good bye to one of own.
In the early history of criminology, crimes were viewed as affronts against individuals, families or communities. To fix the imbalance that crime caused, laws such as those found in the Code of Hammurabi called for criminals to make amends somehow. Granted those amends were often brutal, such as losing a hand for stealing, but this early notion of restorative justice emphasized the plight of the victim.
In the more modern history of criminology, the state took a more prominent role in dispensing justice, and introduced the idea that crime was an offense to society as a whole, not just the aggrieved individual. Through the introduction of the notion of retributive justice, the response to crime placed an emphasis on punishment rather than restoration.
Which system is better? That remains up for debate, and likely will for a long time to come.
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I showed up one day to pick up a job application (there was no such thing as "online"). I was wearing torn jeans and a Metallica t-shirt with a menacing skull prominently featured on the front. Not the most professional attire by any stretch.
My plan was to grab an application, take it home, and bring it back, this time dressed sharply in slacks and a shirt and tie. What I didn't know was that this particular company required you to fill out your application on the spot and watch an orientation video before hand.
Though I had every intention of making a good first impression when I returned my application, I completely neglected to consider the impression I might make when I picked up the application. As you can probably already guess, I didn't get the job. I didn't even get an interview.
Years later, I still see people looking for jobs, dressed not unlike I was so long ago. Often, they're oblivious to the need to present a professional image in every step of the job search, including when you first inquire about applying.
Don't make the same mistakes I did. Learn how to remake your image, dress for success and make every interaction you have with employers count. Show them that you are the person they want working for them. Good luck!