It has to be pretty much the hardest job in America - making split-second life-and-death decisions, working day after day with people who are either in trouble or victims of trouble, never knowing when violence will explode.
I have written about my own challenges with profiling, and I am not under anything like the pressure of an officer on the scene. Read my column here.
We have been hearing about what happens when the police get it wrong. We have not heard much about what police themselves think, and how hard many work to get it right, time after time. This American Life has done two excellent podcasts that try to let police speak for themselves. Check it out - "Cops Think Differently" (episodes 547 and 548)