You may secretly want to spend every free moment with your beloved only, but try to understand that socializing with other cop families during Sunday picnics or Saturday night barbecues is a significant way of bonding with other cops, upon whom your partner may have to depend for his/her safety.
If you are seriously interested in settling down with your partner, you may even have to do volunteer work for police family welfare associations and other such non-profit causes.
Even though they work in shifts, during an emergency or a special situation, be prepared to have your copper boy/girlfriend called in to the precinct.
Also on occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving and Fourth of July which couples usually spend together, it may not be possible for your partner to be with you.
He/she may be asked to be on duty or work in rotation so that other cops too can get to spend a special occasion with their families.
Also when you date a cop, you need to get used to the fact that he/she may have to work a lot of overtime.
At the same time though let your partner know that you are there for them should they need your support for some reason.
This together with the fact that guns, knives and bombs are some of the most common things they handle everyday is enough to make any other professional go white with fear.
And yet if you seriously want to date a cop, you have to develop a tough skin.
He/she may also get called into work last minute or miss special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.
All this is part of the job which has no water-tight boundaries on job responsibilities and schedules.