Though just like any other human being, no police officer is infallible, a sworn officer of the law must hold his or her self to a higher standard both on the job and off. Similarly, no two police officers are the same, but looking around Lynchburg, this certainly is a fine set of men and women serving the community. What makes the perfect police officer? Are these values you feel you have and could put to good use in your career? Maybe, your calling is to serve as an officer either here in Virginia or elsewhere.Integrity The ability to know right from wrong and hold firmly to this judgment no matter how much temptation may push or pull you away from the straight and narrow. This means sticking to all sworn oaths above all else and letting the job be the driving factor in the decision making process.Protective Instinct A police officer’s primary responsibility is to serve the citizens, keeping civilians out of harm’s way, even if this mean’s protecting them from themselves (i.e. traffic violations). In many instances this many require the ability to put your own safety at risk towards these ends, as the job of a police officer does not come without danger.Respect Respect is a two edged sword in that you must be able to maintain the respect of your peers and colleagues and must possess legitimate respect for fellow officers and you’re superiors. Police authority follows a chain of command, with less wiggle room than many professions in terms of circumventing decision makers regarding your action, even if for legitimate reasons.The Ability to Follow Directions Not only does this invoke the chain of command principle, but following directions is essential in maintaining your own personal safety and treating each individual you interact with fairly. Procedures are in place for a reason, preventing mistakes both in paperwork and in the field. A blatant or even unintentional disregard for procedure puts people at risk and creates more work for everyone in the long run.This is by no means a comprehensive list of the qualities of a good police officer, merely a highlight of a few key characteristics great police officers possess. No cumulative list could ever suffice, as a police officer’s job requires endlessly adaptable traits in order to cater to situations most lines of work will never encounter.