Many women are attracted to a man in uniform, and police officers are a commonly coveted type of uniformed man. Dating a police officer is much like dating a man in any other profession; however there are a few differences that some women don't take notice of when pursuing a relationship with a policeman. Knowing a few things about the life of a policeman can make it easier for interested ladies to successfully date a male cop.
Find a place to meet police officers. The first step to dating a man in blue is finding one. One way to meet police officers is to hang around their favorite gathering places. Quite often you'll find groups of policemen sharing meals at coffee shops near the police station, or enjoying a few off-duty beers at local taverns nearby. Make the rounds of the establishments near your local precinct, or join your Neighborhood Watch program and you will likely meet a few good men.
Obey the law. One of your top priorities should be to obey the law regardless of who your boyfriend is, but to date a police officer will require you to go by the book on all accounts. You won't want to him compromise his principles (or his job), and neither will he if you are doing something illegal. No matter what legal issues you may have had in your past, make sure your present and future are squeaky clean to ensure a smooth-running relationship with a male cop.
Be accepting of odd and inconvenient schedules. Because protecting the public is a 24-hour-a day responsibility, police work is anything but a 9-to-5 job. Most cops are required to rotate shifts, work early or overnight shifts, and sometimes have only a few days off in long periods of time. Be prepared to spend time together at unusual times of day or night, during brief interludes, with occasional long periods of time apart. You must exhibit considerable independence to maintain a dating relationship with a cop.
Date cops in your neighborhood police district. If you want to make the most of his limited time while dating a police officer, try to date men who are stationed within your neighborhood, city, or town. Most cops are required to live in the city that they are patrolling. If you're dating a policeman who works in your area, it's likely he lives nearby as well. Reducing travel time for a man who already has a tight schedule can enable you to spend more quality time together.
Take interest in his work. Like men of any other profession, cops come home after a hard day's work and talk about their day. Having an interest in what he does, and various police cases or procedures will help keep conversations flowing and let him see that you think he is interesting.
Try not to worry. This may be the hardest part about dating a male cop. You must remember that the chose his profession to protect society from crime and will often put himself in harm's way in the line of duty. You must appreciate and respect that decision no matter how frightening it may be for you, particularly when a relationship is becoming serious.