Going Undercover & police officers

For quite a period, I have been addicted in reading pocketbooks and novels about police procedurals. Until now, I am still interested in this type of stories because I think that the world where police officers are in constant conflict with criminals is an exciting one. Whenever I read a book, I cannot help picturing myself as the super strong, super lucky protagonist who defends the public from criminals. It may be as easy as that, but I know that being a police officer or going undercover is far from an easy job.

Since I started having interest on reading books and watching movies about police or military going up against the bad guys, I have come to understand that going undercover is attributed to many solved cases. In the real world, it is scary just to even imagine yourself in place of a policeman/policewoman in a city where criminals or gangs lurk in dark streets. The newest police in town should not be given undercover assignments because they tend to be inexperienced about the job.

Undercover agents should be those who are experienced and have investigative backgrounds. Plus, they should be manipulative, assertive, and resourceful (Burton, 1995). However, if one should go undercover, he or she must understand what is entailed with his or her job. The good thing about going undercover is that the agent is in less danger of patrolling suspicious areas, for instance, than whenever he or she wears a uniform automatically tells about his or her profession.

Moreover, he or she will learn how to adapt to the conditions of the area where he or she is assigned by becoming manipulative and resourceful. On the contrary, the not-so-good thing about going undercover is when the agent is unprepared for the potential events to come while he or she is on duty. To elaborate, agents who go undercover may not have the right skills to safely carry out their assigned tasks.

To be an undercover, one needs to have the right skills so that when circumstances that require the agent to act quickly, his or her safety will not be compromised. In addition, there must be also constant communication between the agent and his or her chain of command. Reference Burton, T. M. (1995). Undercover officer safety. National Executive Institute Associates, Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriff’s Association. Retrieved January 16, 2009, from http://www. neiassociates. org/safety. htm