Maybe you see it as your calling, but you chose this career and that was because of your values. But what about your more personal values, like your health, your wellness, and your closest relationships? In your noble oath to serve and protect everyone else, all too often those things can get left behind.
It’s no secret what this job can do to us and our families. We are society’s protectors and for better and worse, that sets us apart. Like our on-duty lives, our off-duty lives are a favorite topic of books, TV, and movies. After all, drama sells.
LEO attrition is well known. There’s plenty the government could do to help us manage it better, but that would cost too much. So instead, you’re expected to pay. What we see and do is not normal and because of that, all too often this job makes us pay with our physical health, our mental wellness, our most valued relationships, and more.