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New police officers usually begin their careers
possessing one of two psychological mind sets.
The first will be based on idealism, and the belief
that people really aren't that bad. This view
dictates that the authority of a police officer should
be exercised rarely and sparingly since the police
officer's ability to reason with people will almost
always resolve any situation. The second mind set
will rest solely on the authority and power conveyed
by the badge the police officer wears. In this mind
set, the police officer will make a quick and final
determination for the solution of any situation
based upon the police officer's initial understanding,
or impression, of circumstances.
While the first mind set is naive, it's probably the
best way to start. You'll quickly learn that a lot of
people are just simply bad, and you'll soon start
moving toward the middle of the mind set scale.
The second mind set isn't nearly as susceptible to
change as the first. Power can be as intoxicating as
any drug and just as difficult to control. Hopefully,
whichever mind set, or degree of mind set, you
possess in the beginning, you'll learn how to most
effectively, and efficiently, find the right balance to
exercise reason with power and power with reason.
"Power can be as intoxicating as any drug and
just as difficult to control." ~ Barry M. Baker