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Don't waste your time if your looking to start a new career in LE
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...