A local policeman from Denver, Paul Brunst is often disappointment at the way people look at law enforcement professionals. There is a stereotype set by mystery-solving novels and fiction that depict detectives as damaged heroes who must go above the law to do the “right thing”. This concept encourages people to think that the law can be adjusted and the rules can be broken in order to do what they think is right. But actually, it is the duty of a police officer to ensure that rules are being followed, instead of finding a way around them.
Police officers perform various every-day duties like giving directions, ending family disputes, helping senior citizens, investigating small robberies and the like, but unfortunately these efforts go unnoticed or are easily overlooked by the public at large, since these everyday duties do not have that excitement factor in them, or do not conform to the impossible standards set by fiction writers. Other features like brutality and exhibition of physical violence to solve cases is considered as a basic feature of a policeman’s personality and found to be outrageous. However, a good police officer is a realist who learns by his experiences on the streets, and not by following crazy fictional characters.
Officers like Paul Brunst emphasize that the world needs to open their eyes and accept that policemen are also normal people like them and stop giving them a hard time. Lastly, they do not necessarily have to be emotionally damaged to perform heroic duties and solve high profile mysteries.
Paul Brunst is a law officer in the city of Denver, vastly popular for his untiring efforts to keep the city crime-free. Paul Brunst believes that there are some of the basic qualities that a good police officer must possess in order to stay most committed, which are:
As cliché as it may sound, honesty really is the best policy. Being in the law enforcement means ensuring justice. And justice can only prevail if honesty is there. One cannot let grudges get the best of them to keep them from being just. Being transparent at all times is a necessity.
One can only perform well when they are dedicated to their work. Dedication ensures giving your best no matter what.
A police officer gets to deal with all kinds of people and the best he or she can do while dealing with difficult people is to be patient.
Courage does not mean the absence of fear. Fear is natural and one should accept it and try to overcome it. Being a police officer requires a lot of courage, as not knowing what’s in store for you in a difficult situation can be very frightening.
Having effective communication skills can get a criminal to confess to a crime, or it can get you out of a difficult situation. It can also help you develop a relationship of mutual trust with colleagues and the public.
Commitment to helping people
The first and foremost reason for joining the police department should be the commitment to helping people as it is the first thing expected from a police officer, by the public.
As Paul Brunst suggests, having the above stated qualities is important for good policemen as motivation to help people and give their best should be the driving force of their actions.