Would you rather be a police officer or a politician? 3



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When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? While some wanted to become film stars, artists, or a musician, some do dream of becoming a police officer. Did you or someone you know dream of being a politician?

The idea of a young John F. Kennedy as a five-year-old walking around his house giving speeches and debating policies sounds like the start of a comedy sketch, but it’s more likely that he wanted to be a Hollywood Playboy. Some would argue that he did both.

Being a police officer or a politician are amazing ways to giving back to your community in different ways. As a politician, you can help create change for the better in your community by bringing the concerns and needs of your electorate to the government. Police uphold the law while keeping people safe and being symbols of community security.

It is easy to focus on the bad apples that have brought both positions into ill repute, let’s discuss those who do the job for the right reasons.

Which would you rather be? What do you think are the pros and cons of both?

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  1. I would rather be a police officer, even if it is a risky job, they deserve their pay and more. We need politician but most of them are there just for popularity an money, no for the country as many of them try us to believe, unfortunately.

  2. I’ve been a police officer in both Tasmania and Queensland. If I was 20 years younger, I’d think about going for the senate; good salary and perks, excellent superannuation plan and interesting work without shift work and the dangers of dealing with the dregs of society (latter is debatable).

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    • Hi Rob,
      I’ve always had sympathy for what our front line guys have to go through. I meet them on a regular basis as serving and ex members. I believe they should be paid more too to bring them in line with the upper echelons . I think you know what I mean. It would be good to have ex serving guys and gals from the Force, in the Senate but with purpose. At the moment we have too many in there, and the House of Reps, with the ambition of just collecting the perks, lurks and benefits without contributing. If you could have a clear mandate and policy framework geared towards the older members in the community I know you would get support from myself and others. As a generation, we deserve more respect and justice for what we have contributed to this country. Yourself and your older colleagues especially included, as protectors in our community. I myself am working toward this end as a Senator, perhaps, and to frame my policy platform will be looking to current and ex members of the Police Force for contributions. Perhaps we will cross paths. Good luck and thank you for your work.

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