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The Irish-American cop: a stereotype embedded in American law enforcement folklore.

There was a time when employment in municipal police departments didn't offer the benefits
pay, and promise of career advancement like today. You got that job because it was a job and
you just needed to put food on the table. There was no romantic tradition of the police that many wanted to follow.

Being a cop was what you had to do to survive.

Enter the mass Irish migration to America's northeast. Police work became a career field that
many fell into out of necessity, and it stuck. Generation after generation of Irish and Irish-Americans
flooded into police departments as they increasingly professionalized themselves, especially in cities like
New York - the definitive prototype for the American cop.

When you have a dominant ethnic group in any type of job field, their cultural traditions
will impact the culture of that particular work. There's a reason why Amazing Grace has been
the staple song for fallen police in America. It was born from the Irish.

We're a land rich with cultural diversity. Every police department in America is - or, at the very least,
should be - a reflection of the local population. There are a large amount of Cuban-American cops in Miami.
Go to Minnesota and chances are your local PD will have a lot of names that end with "son" or "gard,"
a glimpse into the large Norwegian-American presence. San Antonio has a lot of Mexican-American cops,
Boston a lot of Irish-American cops, San Francisco a lot of Chinese-American cops, Atlanta a lot of African-American cops, and so on.

But as they always say, every American has some Irish in them on St. Patrick's Day.
The American police officer has a little in them, as well.

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