From the Comments section:
I’m a long time reader, first time poster. I was just wondering if you consider being a cop a worthwhile job. Do you enjoy the work? Is it anything like “Third Watch”?
Three questions for the price of one. The answer to the first question is easy: being a conservator of the peace is always a worthwhile job.
Do I enjoy the work? That gets complicated.
Man has discovered literally an infinite number of ways to be inhumane to man. There are uncounted ways to be physically, emotionally, psychologically or mentally cruel to each other, and every day we invent more ways.
Your Average Joe is brushed by these occasionally. Some unfortunates have it happen to them. For Peace Officers, this is our stock-in-trade. The evil that man visits upon man is our raison d’être.
I don’t enjoy the pain I see. I don’t enjoy the shattered lives, the broken dreams or the betrayal of trust that I see time and time and time again.
The rest of the job? Yes, I actually do enjoy it.
Is it like “Third Watch”? I don’t know. Hollywood’s idea of cops generally makes me irritated, nauseous, disgusted and/or improperly amused, so I don’t watch cop shows anymore.