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Why did you choose a career as a police officer?

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By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know the driving forced behind your choice to be in law enforcement. You can give an answer that allows some personal insight if you wish. The interviewer must see that you have a passion for this career path! Your passion is what will keep you in this role for years to come. Show the interviewer that you are committed.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I grew up with a father in law enforcement and it was a career path that I always knew would be mine one day. Growing up, I loved to see the pride in my dad's eyes when he came home after a shift. I heard stories of him helping people and taking steps to make our community safer. I want to do the same."

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Published: 07/01/2018
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Why did you choose a career as a police officer?
As I was growing up I always admired law enforcement. On how they make a difference in a indi. And a community.
I think there are many reasons why I chose to protect and serve but I think the most important reason would be to help protect the people who are unable to protect themselves.
That S something I'm passionate about and I don't like people taking advantage of others.
I chose to protect and serve, because its such a rewarding career being able to help others.
I chose to protect and serve because the environment changes on a daily basis. Each day brings a new prospective on how you can approach and solve issues with residents and co-workers. With that side you are gaining experience and knowledge make you a better person.
I chose this field because the environment changes on a daily basis. You are able to learn from each day... This intern helps you in communicating with the residents.
Because that is what I always wanted to do. Help others in need.
Because I care about the people in my community and the need for supervision of felons is important.
To be a part of an important and integral part of modern society. Without law enforcement, society could and would devolve into chaos. I view as a very necessary system and it's a system I value and want to be a part of.
To protect and inform the community I live in.
I am a naturally protective person towards my family and friends. If I get the chance to bring my protective nature to not just my loved ones but to the wider audience of others in need, then I will not stop at gaining that opportunity.
When I was a young boy, a man who was strung out on meth broke through our front door, brandishing a knife. My mom called the police while my dad tried to keep the intruder calm. The police arrived immediately and took control of the whole situation. I was totally amazed at their ability to diffuse the situation and to keep us safe. I was inspired at that moment to become a law enforcement officer.
Ask him for more and then bust him for attempted corruption.
I have had a great respect for law enforcement and the challenges that are faced on a daily basis. I realized as a young person that I wanted to help make a difference in the lives of people, protect those who needed protection, and fight crime.
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