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If there is anything glorious or romantic about being a cop I certainly do not know what it is My experience as a law enforcement officer lasted only a few years but in that time I nearly burned myself out to a level of superior cynicism For me enforcing laws was like being trapped in the chaotic middle of a sociological chamber of horrors Coping with such a high level of emotional disenchantment impacted me drastically and threatened to chisel my psyche down to a dark mute pointThe responsibilities were endlessly haunting Everywhere I went I had to be mindful of an air of authority that I had to maintain because I was a cop Even off duty I was ordered to carry my service firearm and badge In the summertime when I would wear shorts and a T-shirt my firearm was nearly impossible to conceal and extremely uncomfortable to support I either had a bulge in my back or looked as if I had an excessively generous anatomical endowment in frontEveryone always looked at me as a figure of authority and control My job responsibilities called for that yes but even off-duty it was difficult to relax When I would try to join my friends for a beer at a bar something always seemed to spoil the endeavor I remember one such incident when I was recognized by a guy in a pub on the outskirts of town I had arrested him about a month prior for driving drunk He quickly spread the word around the bar that I was a pig The place filled with nervous whispers and I could feel the weight of a thousand stares bearing down upon me As I turned to visually address their increasingly uncomfortable stares everyones eyes darted awkwardly from floor to door The whole place emptied faster than water from an overturned bucket To me it felt as if someone had stenciled Kiss me I have
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