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Thats because you guys get all the good TV shows! :lol2:

No one writes productions about a telecommunications engineer *sniff* :(
We'll have to come up with one, just as a starring vehicle for you! ;)

Maybe take off from the "Can you hear me now" ads... The telecom engineer swooping in to save the day as some one can't hear the guy!
 

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Shows like Cops only show the physical portion of our jobs, the glamorized tasks of driving fast with your red and blue blinkies on and the siren wailing..They NEVER show the mountains of paperwork or the hours on the keyboard that follows every arrest or physical confrontation..They never show the joys of searching a car that someone has been living in and storing their dirty laundry in the trunk, or creeping around someones back yard at 4 AM because the neighbor swears that she heard something and knows that those those people are out of town...
How about serving a search warrant on a house where the walls are MOVING? Or where there's a narrow path between piles of hoarded crap, or just plain crap, that're strewn throughout?

(Not to mention the utterly inescapable and unmistakable smells... like "dead guy", or even better, "dead guy aged 2+ summertime weeks.")
 

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How about serving a search warrant on a house where the walls are MOVING? Or where there's a narrow path between piles of hoarded crap, or just plain crap, that're strewn throughout?

(Not to mention the utterly inescapable and unmistakable smells... like "dead guy", or even better, "dead guy aged 2+ summertime weeks.")

I was never on the warrant squad but I have taken reports in houses like you mentioned...There is a $75,000 SUV in the driveway and the house is maybe worth $25,000..Oh yes the smells..Dishes stacked in the sink, garbage cans overflowing BUT there is a 60" plasma screen TV...Most folks have NO IDEA what our job is really like..
 
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I usually don't hear 'My dad was a surgeon, let me operate on that for you.'

I think its more along the lines of "My dad was a surgeon and I think that you are doing that wrong..you shouldn't have cut there..you shouldn't have given him that medication..."
 

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How about serving a search warrant on a house where the walls are MOVING? Or where there's a narrow path between piles of hoarded crap, or just plain crap, that're strewn throughout?

(Not to mention the utterly inescapable and unmistakable smells... like "dead guy", or even better, "dead guy aged 2+ summertime weeks.")

Dead person who died in bed with the electric blanket on several weeks ago?
 
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I think its more along the lines of "My dad was a surgeon and I think that you are doing that wrong..you shouldn't have cut there..you shouldn't have given him that medication..."

Which of course is different from..."You cut off the arm of a guy in for eye surgery...you should be fired." I want to be careful to NOT be implying that we are above criticism.
 

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Do you hear, "My grampa was a cop, let me arrest that jerk for you?"
I hear it about once or twice a week as someone, who is usually wrong on a point or issue that we are dealing with, tells us that he or she is RIGHT, or that we are WRONG, and he or she KNOWS we're wrong because their relative is a cop and they know for a fact they wouldn't do it that way.
 

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Something I notice while debating LE issues on the internet is the inevitable "My (X) was a Cop" statement. If ones father, uncle, cousin etc. was a cop you will eventually find out and it will be used to support that persons opinion about LEO's and LE issues.

I always tell people "My wife and kids have lived with a Cop for many years...all they can tell you is what its like to live with a cop..not what its like to BE a cop."

Are there any other professions out there where you find this phenomena?

Just saw this. Oh yes, I was a military cop, so I can relate a little here, not totally though as we differed from a civilian LEO in duties and responsibilities to a degree.

I find this in my present job as an Animal Control Officer (Retired Air Force now). The same principle, "I've dealt with animals my whole life" so that makes them qualified to explain or tell me about my job or how I should do it.

I just smile and walk away.
 

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I hear it about once or twice a week as someone, who is usually wrong on a point or issue that we are dealing with, tells us that he or she is RIGHT, or that we are WRONG, and he or she KNOWS we're wrong because their relative is a cop and they know for a fact they wouldn't do it that way.

Interesting. Other side of the coin, as it were, eh? But I'm sure you set 'he or she' straight on the matter.
 

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Something I notice while debating LE issues on the internet is the inevitable "My (X) was a Cop" statement. If ones father, uncle, cousin etc. was a cop you will eventually find out and it will be used to support that persons opinion about LEO's and LE issues.

I always tell people "My wife and kids have lived with a Cop for many years...all they can tell you is what its like to live with a cop..not what its like to BE a cop."

Are there any other professions out there where you find this phenomena?

Yes, Engineering, medical, and construction to name a few off the top of my head that have a similar issue of people knowing someone, and they think it gives them special knowledge. My problem is anyone in any field who acts like they know everything. A police officer cannot know every law there is. Let alone those from other states or counties. Lawyers, have to do research. In the medical field here are specialists because of the amount of knowledge. In the engineering field, while much of the mathematics is similar, the applications can be different enough to be an issue as well, as in Medial and or Law. Mechanical engineers who leave electricity alone or software embedded systems, while electrical and software embedded systems leave the mechanical alone and then there are the EMC experts that every leaves alone, or the chemical engineers who must people leave alone for the chemistry involved. To expect or to claim that a person knows everything is pretty much absurd, but, they can still be considered an expert in their field. One special note though, if you disagree with a police officer, that is not the time nor the place to make your case. (S)He has their opinion, and they get to make their decisions. In court with lawyers and judges are where you get to present your case. So, if an officer asks you what happened and they disagree with you then just smile say thank you, document what you can, and call your lawyer.
 

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It is like those type of lines have been rehersed.
:lfao:
The ones I like are the ones who tell me that I "can't do that!"

Funny... I usually do "do that!" And I've only had one or two do so much as file a complaint on me over it. (The IA result was unfounded... and, yes, I COULD INDEED "do that!")
 

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If you can become something by osmosis, or just by surrounding yourself with it, someone tell me why Hef hasn't turned into a woman yet?
 

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Um ... well ... he *does* have to take a pill to have sex ....
 

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I think you do gain some general sensibility by living with someone in the profession, but while I know things about civil engineering that I didn't know before marrying one, I'm not designing bridges for anybody. Still, when I happen to meet another civil engineer, they're surprised how much I understand about the day-to-day components of their day.
 

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We'll have to come up with one, just as a starring vehicle for you! ;)

Maybe take off from the "Can you hear me now" ads... The telecom engineer swooping in to save the day as some one can't hear the guy!

Well somebody has gotta make the 911 system work so well y'all don't even question its effectiveness.

"It's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it...we care a lot" ;) :D
 
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