Why, yes. Yes they do, and let's all agree that every one of those them is a special snowflake, a person who wants to go home to their family and deserves to do so. And there are a lot of other tough jobs. Heck, even tougher. Riddle me this: I'll give you your choice - at the same pay - to work as a cop. Or as a farm worker. You can spend ten hours a day in California's Central Valley, often with temps above 90 degrees. Picking fruits or vegetables. Or you do a shift in an air conditioned car. Get out now and then. A couple of times a day on average, deal with some real jerks. Oh, there is some danger. Less than, say, roofers, or commercial fishermen, or mine equipment operators. Law enforcement doesn't even make the top ten for dangerous occupations. But there is some risk. So which would you choose? Put on the uniform, the badge, the gun. Or go work in a field in the blistering sun? But this comparison really isn't fair. Being a cop usually pays a heck of a lot more than being a farm worker. So, who has the tough job?