A lack of personal responsibility can cause many problems. Not only for the person who is making the choice not to take personal responsibility but for the people around them. One such example related to law enforcement could be if an officer with a department vehicle doesn't get the preventative maintenance done on his vehicle. Then when an officer from another shift takes the same vehicle out, the vehicle could break down or not function to it's best ability. While this could just be a minor inconvenience for the second officer, it could also be a matter of life and death. It's possible that the second officer could have been on his way to a shooting or armed robbery in progress. If this officer was the closest to the incident, this could add on extra time before another officer arrives on the scene which would allow more time for the criminals to possibly kill someone or to get away. This may seem like an exaggeration but it is a very possible scenario. We never know what the consequences of our choices could be. They could be insignificant or maybe a matter of life and death. Since we are not able to tell the future and see what the consequences of our decision could be, it is better to avoid the gamble all together and take personal responsibility. This means we should do the right thing and make responsible choices.
It is also very important for us as recruits to show personal responsibility at the academy. While it may be easier to take shortcuts or take the easy way out with a job or task we are