To be perfectly honest, when I found out we would be working on a research paper I was a bit nervous because I know I procrastinate. I tend to leave things for the last minute which just adds unnecessary stress. I had an idea of what I wanted my future career to be but was still not 100% sure at the time. It was not until I did more research that I decided law enforcement was the career path for me. I feel as though that’s what my destiny is, what I was meant to do. I cannot imagine myself doing anything else, except for the military which also ties into law enforcement (MP-military police). Recently I was looking through some of my old yearbooks. I came across a page in my fifth grade yearbook. The title of the page was “In Twenty Years, I Will Be…”. It had everyone’s name and next to it was what they wanted to be when they grow up. I looked for my name and right beside it was “a cop and married”. Once I saw that my desire of wanting to be a police officer was confirmed. For as long as I can remember I have always been fascinated with the field of law enforcement and the military. I know that along with this career comes danger. I also know that there are many people out there who have a great dislike for police officers. But it does not matter whether they like me or not. I want to protect and serve my community. People think that being a cop is just about issuing tickets, shooting and arresting people but there is so much more to it. If not for this research I would not have been able to finally decide that I want to be a police officer whether as a civilian or in the military.
This I-Search paper was pretty tough for me. The part that I found to be the most difficult was putting all the information you researched together to make an essay. The researching part of this essay was easy after I decided on a career. What made it so easy was that the teacher provided us with a website called Bridges.com. In that site was all the information you were going to need for the research. If not for that website this project would’ve been a lot tougher because of the fact that our sources had to be appropriate. For example, we could not use Wikipedia. There are many websites out there that cannot be trusted to get information from. I have to admit I wasted a lot of time. We had three weeks and I left it for the last couple of days. I used Bridges.com to find most of my information like salary, training, skills etc. To my surprise Bridges also provided outside sources in the “connections” tab which we needed for the research. I used Bridges.com, BLS.gov, myfuture.com and goarmy.com. These sources provided me with everything I needed in order to write this essay.
Law enforcement officers have a variety of tasks that are completed on a daily basis including but not limited to enforcing laws and ordinances, regulating traffic and controlling crowds. In order to keep us safe and protected they prevent crimes,...