Who is the Best Cop in the World?

Who’s the best cop in the world?  If I asked you about goal keepers, first basemen, quarterbacks or long distance runners you might have a faster and more opinionated answer.  I’m not sure anyone can answer the question of who’s the best cop.  First your mind raced to the issue that we are all on one team and it isn’t appropriate for one person to stand out.  Or, your mind challenged the fact that it would be like comparing apples to oranges.  What would we compare?  Would we count the number of arrests or measure physical fitness?  Would we analyze time spent on calls, number of traffic tickets or conviction rates?  Part of the problem is that we over analyze instead of just asking the questions about how to be better cops, and to do that some great role models would be helpful.  What’s that you say?  There are plenty of cops recognized for outstanding service every week around the globe.  Yes, I say, but where do we go as aspiring professionals to learn about those heroes or hard workers?  Where do we as professionals assemble in person or online to learn about the best tools and techniques used in our industry to improve our skills or strategies?  In business they call this benchmarking.  How do policing professionals learn to be the best without continually reinventing the wheel?

I don’t have the answers but I think the key lies in asking the right questions.

Who has the highest arrest rate?  How did they do it?
Which communities have the lowest crime rates?  How did they do it?
Which cop is in the best physical shape?  What does he or she know about self improvement?
Which detective has the highest rate of solved crimes?  What about conviction rate?
Which cop is the best at developing confidential informants?
Who has the record for career traffic tickets?  What can we learn from them?

Who are your role models?  Whose career do you want to benchmark?
Who can you learn from to get better?  What will it take for you to be your best?

Bottom line, I don’t think it matters who you think is the best cop in the world as long as you are thinking about it and then talking about it!

About Editor

John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into CopsAlive.com. Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! CopsAlive.com gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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One Comment

  1. daniel palomino(colombia)

    is the general. Oscar Naranjo from Colombia..

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