This is an area that I, the author, has had plenty of experience with. When I was young I wanted to become a police officer, myself. I remember pretending to arrest bad guys, my mom calling the local police department to get information on how I can be active with the police department, and running around with my fake badge issued by the local police department. I, also, remember my mom telling me, “you know, the cops don’t just shoot people!” Which I knew, but that was the most exciting part! From my experience, here’s a few methods and techniques I experienced to help keep your child motivated to become a cop.
Listen & Encourage
First you have to take the time to listen to what your child’s actually saying. He or she may be interested in a specific job at the police department. There’s more than one job available for a cop inside a police department, maybe they want to be detective, or maybe they would, if you explain what that is to him or her. Next, encouragement is key. Don’t tell them that cops have emotional issues, sometimes, don’t tell them police officers don’t make much, or they’ll never be rich being a cop. Tell them things like, helping people is the most important thing, being a cop means helping and figuring out problems, tell them police have lots of friends and family who are proud of that person and what they do. Without the necessary encouragement, the dream will fade along with the ambition.
The Importance of Imagination
Play with the want-to-be police officer. The easiest way to put, is play cops and robbers! Use their room or the garage for holding cells and jail breaks! If this means dressing up in your old Halloween jail costume, do it!
Local Police Department Events
Police Departments around the country host bake sales, games, and other neighborhood get-togethers on a regular basis. Call your local police department to get a schedule of the activities in your city. If there’s a police dog making a showing locally, make sure you take your child, it will may be something they never forget!
Tour the Local Police Department
There are few ways that will better encourage your son or daughter to be a police officer, than taking a full tour of the local police department. Ask for the works, and why you want it. They will be more than happy to help you encourage another future police officer.
Take your kid to the local discount store and pick up a few fake sets of handcuffs, police snap pistols, walkie-talkies, and maybe an outfit or two. This will keep your child inspired for months, even years to come. It’s even better if you let them pick out the sets they want. That way they can choose between the standard police play-set or the detective style play-sets.
If your serious about getting your child into the police enforcement field, the best thing to do would be buy some bedroom decorations. Get them bed spreads covered with badges, handcuffs, and cartoon cops, get detective shield throw pillows, kids wall art, and cop themed throw rugs are all great possibilities for your potential policeman.
Talk in Person
Call the local police department and let them speak in person with a working police officer or detective. Have a list of questions at the ready that you and your young one created, together. A second option is to ask them to schedule a time to talk face to face with your child about the great things that cops do for people and the kind of personal and public respect a cop must have to be a great police officer.
Ask if you and your child can volunteer together at the police station. There’s always work to be done in one fashion or another, from helping with paper work to cleaning.
The Junior Police Academy
Get your child involved personally in police activities and actions, sort of, by asking about or googling the local junior police programs. For instance, in Missouri a program called the Junior Police Academy exists. It’s a week long training course that is styled to give the children a taste of the real police academy and what might be expected.
Television and Internet
As usual, a great source of information and visual aids, including police training videos, real arrests, and informational packets can be found on-line. This will prove to be one of the best and most used tips I could probably offer. The sources are endless and the information is always streaming.
Here are a Few tips on behaviors to avoid that will augment the dreams of your future police officer:
1. Don’t tell him, “we’ll do it later,” If you don’t get off your bottom and get motivated to help your child achieve their dreams, then on their bottom will be exactly where you child will end up.
2. Don’t complain about them constantly talking about being a cop or wearing their fake badge every where they go.
3. The final tip I can give to avoid dream destruction, is don’t ever, under any circumstances, tell them “just put that stupid stuff down.” A lot of the worst behaviors to avoid come from the parents, and slips of the tongue. Watch them both and you’ll do fine!