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Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider's Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2006
I found the book to be packed with invaluable advice. I've only been a cop for about 6 months now, but I wish I had read the book before I became a cop.

The book offers great advice on choosing a department. It also has inspired me to write more reports and write them better.

One of the main points I took from the book was to never sacrifice your integrity.

I didn't like how the author put a little introductory phrase before almost every single paragraph in the book. If he didn't do that, the book would probably only be 60 pages long.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2006
Barry Baker was a street cop for 20 years in a very tough town before taking promotion. He accurately reflects the central role of patrol - street work - and does not sugar-coat or avoid difficult issues. The conciseness of the book is a strength. His advice to young people is genuine and not idealistic or poorly informed. A nice job.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2010
This book answered a lot of my questions and even some that I didn't even know I had. It helped me make some important decisions concerning my future. I'd suggest it to anyone looking for a career in this field.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2009
It has always been taught to know the profession you seek, and Barry M. Baker sets very good goals in this book that shows the high and lows of becoming a cop. I'd recommend this item to anyone seeking the right advice in law enforcement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2009
Very good book, I am currently Deployed in Iraq and this books has helped me alot and I have a better understanding of what i need to do. The seller has very fast shipping and I received the book in excellent condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2011
I borrowed the book from the library and read it in a few hours. The book really brings to light the lax and careless nature that permeates many police departments, and stresses how to avoid becoming like that. I never realized how unserious officers can be in what they take shortcuts to avoid during their job. I hope the author was exagerating a bit, because I think officers need to take their jobs more seriously than most jobs out there. But the book was informative and interesting, and anyone thinking about becoming an officer, like myself, should definitely read this
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2012
This book was reccomended (online) by many current police officers for people looking to enter the field. Over the two weeks I spent reading it I could see why. Lt. Baker's style of writing is unlike other books, instead of chapters consiting of stories that unfold and develop a particular subject or situation he had encountered, Baker writes in a blurb-like fashion that covers tips and advice with real world implications. Because this book isn't a story, I find that it makes digesting the information very easy.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2010
While Lt. Barker wrote this book relying on his experience as a police officer over a 30 year career, this book is definitely not recommended reading for someone looking into a new career as a LEO.

Lt. Barker's view of "becoming a police officer" is painted with a brush of his experience in law enforcement. This quickly leads to him polluting his "advice" with the context of someone looking back at his peers over a long/full career.

This is all well and good (and well earned I might add) but it is not helpful for a new recruit to believe that they can or should apply some of his advice without the context of having experience in the field. Some examples listed in the book that stuck out to me are telling new recruits some of the people teaching his academy probably don't deserve their positions or that your peers will lend more support to a more reckless (aggressive) driver than a cautious one.

Lt. Barker's advice is offered with the right intention but I believe it does much more harm than good to someone who brings his ideas/concepts into a career in law enforcement as a new/inexperienced officer.

If you are considering a career in LE and you want to know what to expect I would recommend doing ride a longs and basic research and do not take a veterans words with you into a new career. This WILL cause problems with your new coworkers...

My .02
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
This book is an easy and insightful look into the realm of entry level law enforcement. I enjoyed every chapter, although I did find myself skipping ahead in some instances. Perhaps because of my years of experience in law enforcement, I felt some parts unecessary. However, I can see how each and every section of this book may help new comers. I recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2009
This book is a quick read, and aside from the somewhat strange format, it is a very well done production. The advice and information is accurate, up-to-date, and applicable. This will help any prospective Police Officer well before the application process and into their career. It covers the intricacies of police department politics, law, training, procedures, and specific types of calls/cases.
This book can help someone understand more fully what police do - something that you can apply in deciding to pursue a law enforcement career, during the application process and interviews, and then finally on the streets.

If you're in the application process or considering law enforcement I would recommend pairing this book with 101 Reasons Why You Should Not Become A Cop. It's not quite of the same caliber, but the two combined help give a wider perspective on police work from authors with decidedly different attitudes towards their experiences.
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