“Imposter”

Every so often there is media exposure, even national coverage, of someone in the community sought for posing as a police officer. Among those in the department such news is typically met with a variety of emotions, from anger even rage, or displaced displeasure and annoyance. Where do these emotions come from? I would imagine much comes from all the hard work the men and women in law enforcement have done with the community and to see an “imposter” taint the reputation and prestige of the job. There is immense sacrifice these men and women give to wear the badge and that comes from intense and continual training, professional standards, working around the clock and on holidays, as well as the specific trials and tribulations of the job. Then someone steps in and assumes a role that has been earned with blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifice by the legitimate folks in law enforcement. The gull of such an individual to present self as a police officer! I think these emotions are understandable and I think that they are not unique to the law enforcement profession. Plumbers, electricians, teachers, among many other professions require specific developed skills and those skills are entrusted by consumers (i.e. community members). These skills are highly important and highly relied upon, which is why there is general standards for licensure for many professions. That is, licensure for professional practice, just as certification as a police officer, sets a minimum bar of competence to perform essential duties within the profession. As a psychologist I too can appreciate this, as there are considerable standards to meet state...
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