1. Learn to shoot like Roy Rogers and Tom Mix. It is incumbent upon the officer to overcome all physiological and psychological influences and simply shoot weapons out of the bad guys' hands. If you can master that skill out to 100 yards, you should be fine. Remember this isn't the wild west, so officers need to be able to shoot like old cowboy-movie stars.
2. Learn Hollywood -style fighting. If a 109 pound actress can beat up a half dozen large men, there is no excuse for a commissioned peace officer to lose a fight or to resort to weapons that may cause discomfort or injury.
3. Work only in areas where the residents are of your race. Part of a civilized society is to reduce all human beings to nothing more than skin hue. Make sure your color is acceptable before responding to 911 calls.
4. Never become angry. Only degenerate, evil, power-mad psychopaths become angry when someone is trying to beat them to death. Look in the mirror.
5. Understand that statutory law is a set of guidelines that is most often wrong when it comes to police behavior. Police actions which do not "feel quite right" to the general, knowledgeable, well-informed populace should rightly result in a series of federal maneuvers, civil threats, and prosecutorial misadventures intended to destroy the offending police officer. That's democracy in action.
My advice to anyone wanting to become a peace officer in 2015 is, in a nut-shell, become a fireman. Everybody loves firemen.
On a serious note, we do have a problem with an increasingly militarized police. The War on Drugs has trampled protections against unlawful search and seizure. Jurisdictions can't wait to regulate every facet of life for the purpose of revenue. Having armed agents with executive authority riding the population is a recipe for public rage. Nonetheless, America has good cops. Not all are good, of course, being human but the percentage of dishonest cops comes nowhere close to the percentage of dishonest politicians, lawyers, and journalists. As a whole, we've still got a pretty group trying to wring some justice out of law.
I worked with police from all over the world and American law enforcement is fairly unique in one particular: the poor and weak trust the cops. Look in any inner-city or American backwater and you'll find that those who have the most contact with the police trust them the most. Whether its for impromptu marriage counseling, handling a belligerent child, or helping with an empty refrigerator, those without the means to help themselves call the police. That 's pretty good in a world that tends to wield power like a battle ax , and use law like a bullwhip.