Whenever we read magazines and newspapers, we come to realize the unlimited number of drawbacks, which characterize the current system of law enforcement. Whether federal agents refuse to act humanely when arresting illegal immigrants; whether law enforcement professionals seem reluctant to develop closer relationships with the community; or whether officers are found guilty of faking arrest records – the whole system of law enforcement is described and discussed in ways that make it an ineffective, and actually, unnecessary element of societal relations.
The natural question is why I still want to pursue a career path in law enforcement. The answer is logical: I don’t think that we will be able to fight and eliminate these inconsistencies, if we simply refuse to become a part of highly professional law enforcement staff; and whether we can improve the image of law enforcement in the eyes of community members will depend on our ability to timely address the emerging challenges. Mass media and press are overfilled with the relevant information regarding the mistakes law enforcement professionals make in the course of their daily performance.
Los Angeles Times writes that “Federal agents say they try to act humanely when a parent is arrested, but advocates charge that youngsters are often traumatized and are sometimes left without supervision” (Gorman). In FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin we read that a department “faces a challenge in that a large number of its officers and recruits live outside the greater-Austin area”; as a result, the FBI personnel has to ensure that they possess necessary knowledge to provide effective police service and true community policing (Adickes; Terra).
This line of negativity is continued by the Police Magazine, writing that Detroit Officers are accused of faking arrest records (Schmitt). That however, does not mean that law enforcement is no longer an attractive place for making a good career and creating a positive professional image. On the contrary, these articles reveal a great number of issues which cannot be resolved, if we do not actively engage into the process of becoming high quality law enforcement professionals.
In the light of this information, I want to pursue a career in law enforcement for several reasons. First, I feel concerned about the quality of policing in present day society. Illegal immigrants, fake arrest records, and our inability to create effective and reliable ties with the community shape and maintain a negative image of law enforcement as such, and promote the vision of us being unable to fulfill our obligations.
I believe that by pursuing a career in law enforcement I will be able to create an objective picture of reasons that stand behind these inconsistencies and possibly, the means of resolving them. Second, in my career I want to place special emphasis on building closer ties with the community. True, community cooperation and collaboration remains one of the major issues in law enforcement.