CS204 Professional Presence
July 1, 2015
Professor M. Laska
The professional categories that best represents my desired career field are medical professional and law enforcement. I would like to be either a medical examiner or a forensic lab technician. These two professions are what appeals to me the most. Upon viewing the slides, I noticed that all were very professional.
Part 1: View and Analysis Law Enforcement: Fire Science, Police
Image 1: There are three people in this picture. The woman has a brown police uniform on and one of the men is wearing a blue police uniform. The other man has on a fire resistant gear uniform on and is holding a yellow helmet. Image 2: A man is in the picture wearing gloves as well as a surgical mask. He has disposable coveralls on as well. Image 3: There is a man in the picture wearing a button down shirt and tie. He also has a virtual shoulder on with a gun. As seeing as you cannot actually talk to the professionals in the pictures, I can only assume based on looks and the behaviors and/or characteristics in the scenarios. All the individuals in each image appear to be very professional and would deem them acceptable. Everyone has the appropriate attire and is well groomed. Were there aspects presented that were not professional? What you wear on duty says a lot about you. A uniform is the foundation of the police officer and/or firefighter - it’s important for identification, appearance and protection to the citizens you serve. The public is analyzing the way you present yourself from the first impression and a professional appearance means a prepared officer/firefighter.
In the slides, you don’t see any unprofessional attire. Imagine the officers with shirts tails out and dirty unwashed clothes. That attire would be considered very unprofessional. No one wants to see a smelly officer with raggedy clothes.
Part 2: Personal Reflection and Connection
Police uniforms in the United States vary widely due to the nation's tradition of highly decentralized law enforcement. Police wear uniforms to deter crime by establishing a visible presence while on patrol, to make themselves easily identifiable to members of the public who require assistance, and to quickly identify each other at crime scenes for ease of coordination. The use of metallic badges is a means of primary identification. Badges are typically engraved with a unique identification number matched to the officer to whom it is issued. Most police uniforms feature shoulder sleeve insignia in the form of cloth patches embroidered with the agency's name, logo or a heraldic device.
So what really makes a good law enforcement professional? Some of the more obvious qualities and characteristics are integrity, honesty, calm under pressure, and strength. But the qualities of top law enforcement professional go far beyond the obvious to include less obvious qualities including refined interpersonal communication skills, psychological competencies, unwavering commitment, and physical strength; all of which are required in order to provide effective,