I had an absolute crazy great/horrible career depending on which way you choose to look at it.
Things just used to fall in my lap. There could be 30 or 40 officers working throughout the city and I would catch all the good stuff..or bad stuff.
During my career I was on Court Tv, Forensic Files, CNN (twice), and episode of Snapped. I have one unsolved homicide that was a true crime pod cast at one point.
When I started working homicide, I never wanted to go anywhere else but I was voluntold that I had to go up. I retired as 1 of 4 Asst Chiefs.
When I was a young officer, I just couldn't understand why the administration did the things they did and used to think they were out of touch as they sat in their office all day not knowing what it was like to be on the street.
Well, I certainly hadn't forgotten what it was like on the street and loved it but when you get in that position, (my position) you no longer did what was best for the officer you did what was best for
In that order.
When you become a police officer, you wake up every morning and make the conscious decision on whether or not you are going to be a fucking asshole, corrupt, lazy, abusive type of cop. If you do, you will eventually get weeded out.
I had to physically put my hands on 5 people in 30 years. Sometimes you just can't help it but IMO, your attitude, your demeanor, your confidence level and your communication skills can defuse 95% of all potential situations.
IMO, if you choose to go with law enforcement, you should spend your time in patrol soaking up as much info as you can. Just keep your mouth shut and learn. After you've done your time, try to figure out your plan.
Which path do you want to take as you advance through your career? Do you want to stay in patrol and advance up? Do you want to go over to investigations? Do you want to transfer to some special type of work...air unit, motorcycle, Horses?
The whole plan is to get in, find something interesting that makes the years go by faster and get out on the fist day that you are eligible for retirement.
**As someone mentioned above about showing up the DT instructors....That will most likely NEVER happen no matter your training or at least I never saw it. I taught DT to the academy and my department for 10-12 years and there was always 1 or 2 guys who wanted to "Try" the instructors and they were always embarrassed by the ens of the day. Just keep your mouth shut and don't ever volunteer for anything.