Serving and protecting the community by joining its police force is one of the noblest ways that a citizen can contribute to the civic life of their city. The police force, after all, is vital to the maintenance of civil order and the protection of the people. Without it, the alternative becomes a militia or military, possibly alongside private mercenary forces maintaining order, and both of these are naturally going to tend toward overreach. A civilian police force that is answerable to the local civilian government is thus accountable and - when it is well-managed by a competent chief - thoroughly in tune with what the local community's needs and concerns are, and equipped to address them.
Of course, that means the police force needs to ensure that it hires the very best people. This goes double in environments in which the police's relationship to the community has been especially fraught due to a complicated history, excessive use of force, or other factors. Rebuilding trust means an accountable and thoughtful police force that is staffed by people who are drawn from the same communities they are policing, who are determined to do right by those communities and serve them as best they can. That means you - but how high do you think you'll rise within that police force? Take this quiz to find out!
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