So maybe I'm just barking up the wrong tree. But it sure does seem like a disproportionate number of arrested cops have been a "cop of the year" at some point. (Of course if I'm looking for something like this, and I am, then I'm susceptible to "confirmation bias.")
I do worry that the same factors that make a cop "cop of the year" -- aggression, a lot of arrests, a focus on results, seeing your job as a crusade against evil, seeing no gray in the world -- these are exactly the same factors that get you in trouble in the long run.
Quite simply, it's nearly impossible to consistently make 10 times as many arrests as other cops. Seems to me that being a "super cop" is more a red flag than a cause for celebration.
Also, I never wanted to work with an over-driven I'm-going-to-save-the-world let's-lock-up-all-the-bad-guys adrenaline-loving supermen. I mean, why is somebody getting into a signal-13s when you're off duty? And when that happens, why would that person end up on my post saying, "you never saw me." I never wanted to see him because trouble was always finding him. Maybe he was just a better cop than me. Either way, I stayed clear.
[I just googled the guy I'm thinking of, because I assumed he didn't retire as a cop. And he didn't. Though he does seem to have a better job. So for all I know he mellowed and learned and took a wise career move. Maybe. But to see him described in one article as a "by the book" cop? Ha.]
Anyway, this all came to mind because another "cop of the year" was just sentenced to 10 years for drug charges. So I googled "'Cop of the year' sentenced" and came up with a bunch pretty quickly. Coincidence? I don't know. But they were all described as having at one been recognized as a "cop of the year":
Philip LeRoy, Queens. Drugs. The most recent.Pace yourself, I say. You got years on the force to do good. And you don't want to get burnt out of banged by the department because you took the job too seriously.
Noe Juarez in Houston. Cocaine trafficker for Los Zetas.
Drew Peterson, Illinois. Domestic murder.
Ron Coleman, Houston, Drugs.
Jonathan Bleiweiss, Florida. Forced sex with male illegal immigrants.
Jerome Finnigan of Illinois. Armed robbery (and racist bad taste).
David Britto, Boynton Beach, Florida. Drugs.
James Joseph Krey, Florida (again). Domestic-related.
Michael Grennier, South Plainfield, NJ. Child porn.
Michael Froggatt. Gold Coast, Australia. Drunk Driving.
Matthew Anselmo. Omaha Nebraska. Mail fraud & money-laundering.