Friday, January 4, 2013

Supertroopers and Cops are suddenly his favorite shows

I don't remember why it happened, but for some reason I mentioned to my hubs that becoming a cop would really suit him. So, in the past week, we've both been obsessing over cop testimonies, videos, tv shows, info about the hiring process... it's really snowballed as an idea!

I'm really excited about this prospect! I'd be so proud to tell people "My husband's a police officer," and all that that means. I respect officers so much because they walk out their door not knowing if they'll come back every single day. And they do it for me. And for you, and every other person in their district. For our safety and continued pursuit of happiness.

Now some police officer job statistics... because we all know how much I love statistics!!

Pay/Employment stats:

2010 Median Pay $55,010 per year
$26.45 per hour
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Number of Jobs, 2010 794,300
Job Outlook, 2010-20 7% (Slower than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 58,700

For those of you concerned with his safety, you should be more concerned about your garbage man:
The average rate of fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers is 3.5.
Keeping that in mind,
here are the top 10 occupations with the highest fatality rates:

1. Fishers and related fishing workers: 116.0
2. Logging workers: 91.9
3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 70.6
4. Farmers and ranchers: 41.4
5. Mining machine operators: 38.7
6. Roofers: 32.4
7. Refuse and recyclable material collectors: 29.8
8. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers: 21.8
9. Industrial machinery installation, repair and maintenance workers: 20.3
10. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers: 18.0.

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Will it affect our marriage?
Divorce Rate Among Law Enforcement is Lower
Amazingly, when the data was actually compiled and analyzed, researchers discovered that the opposite is true. Police officers actually have a divorce rate that is lower than the national average and, in fact, are closer to the bottom of the list when it comes to the correlation between occupations and divorce. 

At the time of the 2000 Census, 16.35 percent of Americans who had previously been married listed themselves as divorced or separated.
  • 14.5 percent of law enforcement officers who had been married reported divorce
  • The rates varied widely across the profession, though: Just 12.5 percent of detectives were divorced, but 
  • 25.5 percent of game wardens had broken up with a spouse 
Bonus stats for you: Dancers and choreographers registered the highest divorce rates (43.1 percent), followed by bartenders (38.4 percent) and massage therapists (38.2 percent). Also in the top 10 were casino workers, telephone operators, nurses and home health aides. 

 Source:  Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology,

So to sum everything up: we'll be paid twice what we're getting now (maybe even be able to afford a house?!?), the vast majority of police officers don't die during duty, and divorce was never an option anyway so I don't really know why I included those stats.  
Let's do this babe. You're gonna look so hot in that uniform...


  1. Cops commit crimes more often than the general populace, so by becoming a cop, you are more likely to become a criminal.

    Please don't become a cop.

    1. Sir, please take your bad attitude elsewhere. This woman is supporting her spouse for choosing to help better his community. He is risking his life so the public (you and others) can be safe. Whether or not you support the police or live a "Fuck the police" way of life, be respectful.

  2. I always wanted to be a police officer... or some sort of law enforcement professional. I decided, especially after having children, that I could not be a mom and have that career... SUCCESSFULLY. That's not to say it can't be done... but I know my kids and they need me at home.

    Enduring the testing process - lame and sometimes long. As far as the prospect of a husband in uniform - HOT. The security of a set and long career path - incredible. Planning around a clearly determined schedule - sweet. Knowing how to clearly and specifically pray for your husband - peace-bringing.

    Trust me.

    Love you guys and will be praying for you both.