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So You Want to Be a Cop: What Everyone Should Know Before Entering a Law Enforcement Career

So You Want to Be a Cop: What Everyone Should Know Before Entering a Law Enforcement Career

by Alley EvolaAlley Evola
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Many children, from the time they are old enough to be attracted to a siren and flashing lights, dream their whole lives 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. From recruitment, life at the academy, patrol and eventually promotion, she provides a helpful understanding of what you can really expect. She also looks at the 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. And it’s also not evident until after the police academy the many challenges and issues you will face in the field. So You Want to Be a Cop is for everyone who secretly wishes they were a police officer, or is pursuing their dream in hopes of transforming it into reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538101476
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/08/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alley Evola is a retired, nine-year veteran of a mid-size police department in Middle Tennessee. She worked her way up the ranks as a patrol officer, crime scene technician, field training officer, flex unit (street level gang/narcotics unit) officer, and detective assigned to the major crimes unit. She graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy and maintains her P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission) Certification in the State of Tennessee. Aside from her law enforcement career she is also the author of A Simple Warrant Service, that appears with a collection of short stories in American Blue. You can visit her website at

Table of Contents


1. Myth versus Fact: From dreaming to Testing and Entering the Force
2. Your Hired! Now What?
3. The Police Academy, or Hell on Earth
4. Field Training
5. Congratulations! You've Earned a Spot on the Bottom
6. Liability in Policing
7. Finances, Health, and the Police Officer
8. Communications and Inter-Agency Cooperation
9. Welcome to Your New Office
10. Going to Court
11. Vandalism, Littering and Other Criminal Mischief
12. Unwanted Subjects
13. Traffic Stops, Vehicle Pursuits, and Road Rage
14. Calls for Service: When You Are Called to Serve and Protect
15. Domestic Disturbances: Dangerous and Unpredictable
16. Alarm Calls, 911 Hang Ups, and 911 Open Lines
17. White-Collar Crime, Fraud, Forgery, and Deceit
18. Violent Felonies
19. Death Scenes: Walking into a Nightmare
20. Burglaries. Theft, and Crimes of Opportunity
21. Motor Vehicle Accidents and DUIs
22. Drugs, Narcotics, and a Cesspool of Misery
23. Shoplifting, or Five-Finger Discounts
24. Critical Incidents and the Use of Deadly Force
25. Specialties in Law Enforcement
26. Hate Groups and Hate Crimes
27. Using Force: My First Wrestling Match
28. Why Did You Do Your Job? Now I'll Have to Write You Up!
29. Race, Gender, and theEconomics of Policing
30. Riding the Storm of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
31. Show No Weakness

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