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||Myth versus Fact: From dreaming to Testing and Entering the Force -- You're Hired! Now What? -- The Police Academy, or Hell on Earth -- Field Training -- Congratulations! You've Earned a Spot at the Bottom -- Liability in Policing -- Finances, Health, and the Police Officer -- Communications and Inter-Agency Cooperation -- Welcome to Your New Office -- Going to Court -- Vandalism, Littering and Other Criminal Mischief -- Unwanted Subjects -- Traffic Stops, Vehicle Pursuits, and Road Rage -- Calls for Service: When You Are Called to Serve and Protect -- Domestic Disturbances: Dangerous and Unpredictable -- Alarm Calls, 911 Hang Ups, and 911 Open Lines -- White-Collar Crime, Fraud, Forgery, and Deceit -- Violent Felonies -- Death Scenes: Walking into a Nightmare -- Burglaries. Theft, and Crimes of Opportunity -- Motor Vehicle Accidents and DUIs -- Drugs, Narcotics, and a Cesspool of Misery -- Shoplifting, or Five-Finger Discounts -- Critical Incidents and the Use of Deadly Force -- Specialties in Law Enforcement -- Hate Groups and Hate Crimes -- Using Force: My First Wrestling Match -- Why Did You Do Your Job? Now I'll Have to Write You Up! -- Race, Gender, and the Economics of Policing -- Riding the Storm of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -- Show No Weakness.
||"Many children, from the time they are old enough to be attracted to a siren and flashing lights, dream of becoming a police officer. As a retired police officer herself, Alley Evola looks at the daily ins and outs of the job of a police officer. Through recruitment, life at the academy, patrol, and eventually promotion, she provides a helpful understanding of what you can really expect. She also looks at current issues, including race and gender, and how these have shaped certain expectations from the public that a police officer needs to be prepared for when working in this field. When you're young and dreaming, you don't think about the process it will take to become a police officer. The many challenges and issues you will face in the field are not evident until after the police academy. [This book] is for everyone who secretly wishes they were a police officer or is pursuing their dream in the hope of transforming it into reality." -- Back cover.