As he looked out over the field of battle centuries ago, Heraclitus said, "Where do we find such men? Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back."
I submit to you that similar numbers could probably be applied to law enforcement. Ten percent probably don't even belong and we all know them: they're the ones who last less than five years in the work and they move on because "this just isn't for them." Eighty percent do a good job and perform to standard, but are not the cream of the crop and are never going to do anything earth shaking. Nine percent are the motivated, energetic, intelligent, confident officers who grow into fine leaders and become well known both within their agencies and within their communities for the service they provide. Ah, but the one...that one out of every hundred officers who has grown into the perfect mix of competence, confidence, humility, courage, commitment, leadership, empathy and sacrifice. He (or she) is the bright shining example of what every officer hopes to attain and the golden star that the agency is delighted to show off within the community.
I guarantee you that when that one looks in the mirror, he/she doesn't see an individual who is employed as a law enforcement professional. He/she sees a warrior/sheepdog who is lucky enough to have found employment doing what they love and what they'd have found a way to do otherwise, even if they weren't getting paid.
So, my question to you is this: what do YOU see when you look in the mirror?