Can I get a job as a police officer at the age of 40?

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Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas

95 months ago

Are middle aged people considered for law enforcement careers? I worked in corrections for 13 and 1/2 years. I left it for the rail road a few years ago and I got laid off because of the economy. I always wanted to be a police officer but I got hired by the prison system when I graduated from college and I just never got out of it until the Rail Road offered me big bucks to come and work for them. I have applied to several police departments since I was laid off and I just haven't gotten any offers. I am considering paying my own way through the police officer academy at the community college but I am a little afraid of spending the time and money, and then never getting a job. I am afraid that maybe I am being rejected because I am too old to start this as a career. Can anyone give me any advice in this area. I have a solid work history, clean back ground, good credit history, and I'm not crazy. There really is no reason I shouldn't be hired that I can think of.

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nathanniel in Los Angeles

95 months ago

Hi,

Since you have crossed the age limit of Texas you are not able to apply for police recruitment. You can try for other jobs in traffic management.

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lapd wannabe in Closter, New Jersey

94 months ago

I'm not sure why you're so concerned. As long as you apply to police depts. without a max. age requirement your resume speaks for itself. College graduate with 13 plus years in corrections, clean background, you shouldn't have a problem getting in somewhere. I'm actually surprised you're even worried compared to other posts I've read.

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Chris in Saint Louis, Missouri

91 months ago

I wanna be a Detective in the narcotics division. Can I do that right out of academy?

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turbo in Closter, New Jersey

90 months ago

Chris in Saint Louis, Missouri said: How long after academy does it usually take for someone to get promoted to detective? I am thinking of joining academy but I am gonna get degree first I just don't wanna spend all my time riding around in a squad car

It would definitely take at least a year because during your first year you are on probation. But more than likely it would take a few years after the probationary period just so you can prove you're worthy of a promotion.

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Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas

90 months ago

Chris,
There is no doubt you can follow your dream. You're still really young. There is no reason you can't make it happen unless you have a serious background issue. You just have to keep applying and be honest on your background stuff. Stay in shape because the academy can be tough if your not. Join the National Guard or an Army Reserve branch in your area. Trust me, it is a good thing and will serve you the rest of your life. I admire your desire to get a degree and I would suggest you begin by taking a class or two. Chip away at it as you can afford too and your time allows until you get it done. Pell Grants are easy to get if you've never been to school before. What you grew up around makes no difference as long as you weren't directly involved in any of it. Almost every one has someone in their life who was involved in some nefarious stuff, don't sweat it. If you get hired and stay with it I seriously doubt you'll do 20 on patrol unless you decide you like it. The first step is to get hired. Good Luck!
P.S. Schedule a ride along with the department you want to apply to and ask the officer you ride with your questions.

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Chris in Saint Louis, Missouri

90 months ago

Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas said: Chris,
There is no doubt you can follow your dream. You're still really young. There is no reason you can't make it happen unless you have a serious background issue. You just have to keep applying and be honest on your background stuff. Stay in shape because the academy can be tough if your not. Join the National Guard or an Army Reserve branch in your area. Trust me, it is a good thing and will serve you the rest of your life. I admire your desire to get a degree and I would suggest you begin by taking a class or two. Chip away at it as you can afford too and your time allows until you get it done. Pell Grants are easy to get if you've never been to school before. What you grew up around makes no difference as long as you weren't directly involved in any of it. Almost every one has someone in their life who was involved in some nefarious stuff, don't sweat it. If you get hired and stay with it I seriously doubt you'll do 20 on patrol unless you decide you like it. The first step is to get hired. Good Luck!
P.S. Schedule a ride along with the department you want to apply to and ask the officer you ride with your questions.

thanx but military really still just would not work for me you are away for 3 weeks or something and I have 2 daughters and it just would not be doable. I will just bite the bullet and get my degree. The academy where i live offers both in one program degree and certificate from academy or are they all like that? I have been out of school since 00 I think I am just worried about being a student again, I hated school. Maybe a bail recovery agent would be interesting!

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Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas

90 months ago

It sounds like you are talking about paying to go to an academy. If it is at a community college you can apply that time toward a degree. In Texas they give you credit hours toward an Associates. When you complete the academy you will be a certified peace officer in your state. If the agency you hire on with trains you, you will be certified in your state but I do not believe the training is applied toward a degree. I understand your anxiety concerning school. I graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor's back in '92 and I'm 40. I wasn't much of student either. I can say that being more mature helps with discipline and focus but for me personally I have to work harder to understand and retain information. If this is what you want do it now. Procrastination and waiting doesn't make it easier. The worst thing that can happen to you is failing. Failure isn't the end of the world it helps you adjust your direction. Good luck, Chris, I think that you will do fine.

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Chris in Saint Louis, Missouri

90 months ago

Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas said: It sounds like you are talking about paying to go to an academy. If it is at a community college you can apply that time toward a degree. In Texas they give you credit hours toward an Associates. When you complete the academy you will be a certified peace officer in your state. If the agency you hire on with trains you, you will be certified in your state but I do not believe the training is applied toward a degree. I understand your anxiety concerning school. I graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor's back in '92 and I'm 40. I wasn't much of student either. I can say that being more mature helps with discipline and focus but for me personally I have to work harder to understand and retain information. If this is what you want do it now. Procrastination and waiting doesn't make it easier. The worst thing that can happen to you is failing. Failure isn't the end of the world it helps you adjust your direction. Good luck, Chris, I think that you will do fine.

but dont i need associates to become detective or even to become police officer or do I just get copy of ged and join academy. i think i can get a grant for academy too.

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turbo in Closter, New Jersey

90 months ago

I tend to agree with most of Rail Roader's postings except for the part that military experience is valued more than a Bachelor's degree. In the past military experience gave applicants an edge because many who possessed college degrees chose different professions. However, now studies have shown that a college graduate has outperformed police officers without a degree as far as professionalism and promotions within the department. In fact, the number of applicants with graduate degrees are also rising. The reason I know this is because this is being taught in criminal justice classes. Now if you have a degree as well as a military background that's an added bonus.

As far as your intentions to become a detective you need at least an Associates degree or 60 college credits just to apply for most depts. which is just the bare minimum. If you truly want to become a detective I suggest you plan on getting your Bachelors degree right now and it doesn't have to be criminal justice. A detective is considered a promotion so you can imagine how difficult it would be to attain a position like that, let alone just to be a police officer these days considering there are a plethora of college graduates who are being deselected as well. Good luck.

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Chris in Saint Louis, Missouri

90 months ago

turbo in Closter, New Jersey said: I tend to agree with most of Rail Roader's postings except for the part that military experience is valued more than a Bachelor's degree. In the past military experience gave applicants an edge because many who possessed college degrees chose different professions. However, now studies have shown that a college graduate has outperformed police officers without a degree as far as professionalism and promotions within the department. In fact, the number of applicants with graduate degrees are also rising. The reason I know this is because this is being taught in criminal justice classes. Now if you have a degree as well as a military background that's an added bonus.

As far as your intentions to become a detective you need at least an Associates degree or 60 college credits just to apply for most depts. which is just the bare minimum. If you truly want to become a detective I suggest you plan on getting your Bachelors degree right now and it doesn't have to be criminal justice. A detective is considered a promotion so you can imagine how difficult it would be to attain a position like that, let alone just to be a police officer these days considering there are a plethora of college graduates who are being deselected as well. Good luck.

that right there is the reason crime rates are so high in St.Louis where i live cause all the officers are a bunch of in shape bookworms. Police officers should be educated yes but it should not stop there at one time being a police officer was a job for a selected few to handle now anybody with a high enough gpa can get a badge. I am going to pursue without military. The academy for Jefferson County Mo is a 2 yr program that upon completed you will have 40 college credits. Promotions don't to much worry me cause I'm not going to try to move up by taking radar on the roadside. have many friends on force that assure me I will be eccepted

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turbo in Closter, New Jersey

90 months ago

I'm not trying to discourage you from pursuing a career in law enforcement but with how competitive the job market is now for police jobs I think you should have a backup plan too in the meantime. There are many qualified applicants who are waiting in the wings right now and in the meantime are improving their chances by furthering their education or doing voluntary work such as being a reserve. Even Rail Roader has very good credentials with having a Bachelors and prior corrections experience seems to be having a difficult time getting hired with a police dept. Right now his situation is not the exception, unfortunately it's the norm. I have friends who were hired on as police officers in the early 90's and even they said they probably wouldn't be hired now, considering that many of the applicants have college degrees which neither of them have. As far as having friends on the force that probably will not carry much weight as you think other than it's a positive referral. My friend who is a detective couldn't get his own brother onto his dept., but his brother eventually got hired on by another agency in which he had to relocate. This is 2010, depts. stray away from this "good old boys club" practice of hiring that may have been prevalent years ago due to legal ramifications that can arise. I think the self sponsorship route is ok but I'd personally would try to get that bachelors degree in an area where I can utilize it, just in case things don't pan out. Since you have a family I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket, especially in this recession. I, myself, have a bachelors already but am pursuing a 2nd BSN to become a nurse just in case the chips don't fall my way.

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turbo in Closter, New Jersey

90 months ago

Hmm...you learn something new everyday. I didn't know the rail road industry paid that well.

Agreed. I'll post if anything changes on my end. For now I plan on pursuing a BSN but if I get hired into law enforcement before then I will go all in. However, if I finish up my BSN first which seems more likely, I will stick to being a "male nurse", lol. At that point I wil have invested too much into my education and training to switch. Besides at my age I truly want to work in a career that's more stable, and once upon a time it was law enforcement but now I think health care is safer. Hope everything goes well even if you stick with rail roads. You take care as well.

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Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas

90 months ago

They're already in jail, you can't do much more to them. I've known a lot of street cops and Federal Agents over the years. Most of them tell me that they may deal with a person as bad as what a correctional officer deals with everyday maybe 5 or 6 times a year. Correctional Officers deal with bad all of the time. Regular street cops might get to save a person in a car wreck, help a kid, save the life of someone who deserves it. Those opportunities are mixed in with the bad and it makes the job worth it. Working inside of a prison taking abuse all day long with no thanks...ever wears a person down. Not to mention that after you take all of that abuse you have to serve those turds meals, clothing, recreation, etc. And it can be dangerous to top it all off. In corrections the only tool you have are your wits to survive and gain respect. When I was on the job we weren't given pepper spray or batons. You get a radio, handcuffs, and a 3 cell Maglight and then you are locked into a cell block by yourself with 250 of society's worst murdering and raping thugs for 8 to 16 hours. Believe me when I say that I used my flashlight for more than seeing in the dark with. Correctional Officers don't get the respect they deserve for what they put up with. It always seems like street cops get the glory, the training, the pay and the thanks.

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oso in San Diego, California

90 months ago

Cat lover of Milton in Milton, Florida said: I am curious, what was it like in the police academy?Myfriend says joining the police is a lot like joining the military but I question her accuracy. What are the physical and medical requirements for police candidates in Florida? They seem to vary.If Rail roader from Texas is correct, I can get a job as a police officer or correctional officer despite my heart condition so long as my health is good and I can pass the physical training. However, I did some research online, and there are some states that won't even take a candidate with a tooth cavity!!I want to make sure I know for certain what the physical requirements and medical requiremnts are before I go through two years of criminal justice education only to be told I am disqualified form the academy because of medical problems. Please reply with some answers ASAP if you have any. Thanks!

replying back to Cat lover. The police academy is structured just like the military. You have a chain of command and must follow rules.In my academy with had tons of PT and we would run at least 4 miles 3 times. for me it was a bit hard at first because I was working 10+ hours a day with the military and mandatory PT 3 times a week plus the PT I was doing at the academy but then your body just gets used to it.I was only having an average of 4 hours of sleep a day sometimes 3 but I managed to finished the academy.You might want to go see a doctor and get a letter saying you are fit for physical activity.Good luck!

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Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas

90 months ago

Cat Lover, in 1993 the administration in Washington DC passed the American Disabilities Act. As long as you can do the work and pass the physical portion of your processing and training you cannot be denied based on a past medical problem. I see on a prior post you are only 18. It's never to soon to start getting into shape. Most agencies won't hire you until you are 21. I would strongly suggest going into the military and starting school after you complete your active duty service. I also discourage corrections, especially for the state of Florida. I am assuming that you are a female and if you end up working in a male joint it will be very hard on you. I have relatives that live in Florida (as a matter of fact I just got back from there on Spring Break) and I know that they have some very tough prisons there.

OSO, Thank you for your service to our country. Academy and full time work that's double tough. I think that considering your life and work experience, plus being certified should get you hired pretty soon. It seemed like I put a lot of applications out there and went through a lot of processing for a lot of different agencies. It took about a year and they all started calling me offering a job. You think it's down hill after 38 just wait until 40. I think we're good for consideration until 45. Take Care.

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Cat Lover in Milton, Florida

89 months ago

Wow. Crystal was not inaccurate in her claim that joining the police is a lot like joining the military. Dr. Blanchard(a cardilologist in charge of my cardiac care) has been my cardiologist for years. I have to go for a check up in December anyway. I can always ask him for a letter then. I'll consider the military. I'm just not sure how I'll handle the stress of it though(I have heard a lot of boot camp horror stories from my Dad and a friend of the family. Are they true?) I contacted the Santa Rosa Sheriff's office to find out what the physical and medical requiremtns are. I appreciate the advice. Good luck with job hunting OSO.(It took me 1 month to get a fast food job so I empathize with you)Thanks for the info. Oh ps, by the way, Cat Lover is a female.

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OSO in San Diego, California

89 months ago

Cat Lover in Milton, Florida said: Wow. Crystal was not inaccurate in her claim that joining the police is a lot like joining the military. Dr. Blanchard(a cardilologist in charge of my cardiac care) has been my cardiologist for years. I have to go for a check up in December anyway. I can always ask him for a letter then. I'll consider the military. I'm just not sure how I'll handle the stress of it though(I have heard a lot of boot camp horror stories from my Dad and a friend of the family. Are they true?) I contacted the Santa Rosa Sheriff's office to find out what the physical and medical requiremtns are. I appreciate the advice. Good luck with job hunting OSO.(It took me 1 month to get a fast food job so I empathize with you)Thanks for the info. Oh ps, by the way, Cat Lover is a female.

Don't let the horror stories you have heard about boot camp scare you it is only about three months and then you go to your first command. Boot camp is just a mind game. Someone is always telling you what to do. All you have to do is pay close attention and do exactly as you are told not less not more.Dont let bootcamp break you.

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Thomas in Lexington, Kentucky

88 months ago

Do you want to know the secret to becoming a police officer? NETWORK! I know police sergeants, captains, chiefs and divisional metro officers. I've made acquaintances all throughout my life and I don't plan to struggle with the job hunt when I turn 21. I have excellent verbal communication skills, amazing comprehension skills and the profound ability to display etiquette and manners. If you're wanting to seperate yourself from other candidates, you need to have an "easy-on-the-eyes" face. Interview panels pay attention to how you're dressed and how handsome/beautiful you are. After all, who wants an ugly cop making statements in court? I know I don't! Law enforcement is politics, get in with the right crowd and you'll never have a problem finding a job.

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Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas

88 months ago

I disagree. Working in the criminal justice field is not Hollywood or a popularity contest. Good law enforcement agencies want professional, intelligent people who are moral and have clean back grounds. Having good communication skills are a must, as well as, meeting all of the basic criteria to make you eligible for employment. A pretty face is only pretty face and serves no other purpose. There are a certain amount of politics and it never hurts to know someone on the job but don't bank on it getting you hired. In a lot of police departments these days if you try and play that card it is an automatic disqualifier. The good 'ol boys are a dieing breed and nepotism is absolutely not tolerated. If you enter this field with an attitude of entitlement because you are good looking you won't last long. I know a lot of fat, ugly, old cops who do their jobs well. I would much rather have that guy watching my back than a pretty boy looking at himself in the mirror all of the time.

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Thomas in Lexington, Kentucky

88 months ago

Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas said: I disagree. Working in the criminal justice field is not Hollywood or a popularity contest. Good law enforcement agencies want professional, intelligent people who are moral and have clean back grounds. Having good communication skills are a must, as well as, meeting all of the basic criteria to make you eligible for employment. A pretty face is only pretty face and serves no other purpose. There are a certain amount of politics and it never hurts to know someone on the job but don't bank on it getting you hired. In a lot of police departments these days if you try and play that card it is an automatic disqualifier. The good 'ol boys are a dieing breed and nepotism is absolutely not tolerated. If you enter this field with an attitude of entitlement because you are good looking you won't last long. I know a lot of fat, ugly, old cops who do their jobs well. I would much rather have that guy watching my back than a pretty boy looking at himself in the mirror all of the time.

So, you're telling me that interview panels aren't going to remember a pretty face when it comes times to review their candidates? I'll give you an example: John F. Kennedy defeated "Lyndon B. Johnson" in 1960 for the presidential nomination (he's ugly). John F. Kennedy then went on to defeat "Richard Nixon" for president of the United States (he's ugly). My point? People remember soft faces. I'm not saying this is an integral part to landing your dream job, but it can't possibly hurt you either. I will agree with your comment in regards to intelligent prospects. Agencies want "the best of the best," I couldn't tell you how many encounters I've had with officers who I believed were inferior to myself. If you want a job in the law enforcement field, keep your mind sharp and your balls tight.

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Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas

88 months ago

I am telling you that an interview panel is only a fraction of process when trying to land a career in law enforcement. Politics are politics. The American public and the common lay person may choose that which looks attractive over that which is practical but I believe that individuals who make up a police interview panel are not common or shallow. Police recruits and political candidates are apples and oranges. It is statistically true that those who possess more charisma and are more appealing to the eye are more likely to be hired first and promoted sooner. Having been in the workforce for 20 years now I have witnessed these things first hand. Having worked in the Criminal Justice field for 13 of those years I can tell you that a police officer, correctional officer, or social worker, etc. maintain a different perspective of people in society. You may have met people you think are inferior to you but you don't know anything about a person until you have been with them in an extreme situation. You know little about yourself until you have been there. One of the most important lessons I have learned over the years is humility.My balls are my business.

By the way, Lyndon B. Johnson was considered a great president and won the presidency by a huge margin in 1964 after completing Kennedy's term. Richard Nixon lost narrowly to John F. Kennedy and was the only person to be elected twice to the presidency and the vice presidency. John F. Kennedy, good looking or not, was shot and killed in 1963. If we were all so shallow Sarah Palin would have one the presidency for John McCain.

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arw2009 in Florence, Kentucky

77 months ago

i am pretty sure Thomas would flunk the mental evaluation..

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buckeyetrent in Ohio

77 months ago

Plan on paying your dues before going to narcotics.

To get your foot in the door start by better preparing yourself...get some education or at least start, do some ride-alongs, get in better shape, and prepare for the oral board. When you get to the oral board that is where you win your job. There are questions, answers, and strategies at: www.winyourbadge.com

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blessing in Pretoria, South Africa

77 months ago

HI, I HAVE BEEN LOOKING THIS JOB SUCH A LONG TIME , I'VE GOT A DIPLOMA IN POLICE & TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT BUT I'M SURFFURING TO FIND THE JOB , MYB SOME BODY CAN HELP ME , MY EMAIL BLESSINGSKHAKHANE@YAHOO.COM THANKS

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cheddarbob in Pearland, Texas

75 months ago

Can a police officer have 2 jobs? For example, Be a detective and then work as an administrator for a school?

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Rail Roader in Fort Worth, Texas

75 months ago

Depends on the agency. A lot of agencies will allow you to moonlight as long as the position does not require you to use your authority as a law enforecement officer or will not place you in a position where the agency or you can fall under civil action because of your duties at the other job. Of couse, most agencies want you to make your law enforcement job your priority. Being a law enforcement officer sometimes means long hours or being called in during emergency situations. that is one side, and then there are a lot of agencies that will allow you to work outside of your regular assignment as added security for schools, churches, events, or apartment complexes to have a greater police presence in the community that they don't have to pay for. I know of a lot of officers that do that in hour community and with their regular salary they make a very nice living. I guess what I am saying is that it mostly depends on the policy of the agency you are applying to or the administrator who is running the agency at the time. When I worked for the Feds I was not allowed. When I worked for the state it wasn't an issue at all. Good luck, we need good cops and good role models in the community.

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brian in Irving, Texas

72 months ago

NathanNiel in Los Angeles said: Hi,

Since you have crossed the age limit of Texas you are not able to apply for police recruitment. You can try for other jobs in traffic management.

44 for Dallas.

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robocop in Atlanta, Georgia

72 months ago

Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas said: Are middle aged people considered for law enforcement careers? I worked in corrections for 13 and 1/2 years. I left it for the rail road a few years ago and I got laid off because of the economy. I always wanted to be a police officer but I got hired by the prison system when I graduated from college and I just never got out of it until the Rail Road offered me big bucks to come and work for them. I have applied to several police departments since I was laid off and I just haven't gotten any offers. I am considering paying my own way through the police officer academy at the community college but I am a little afraid of spending the time and money, and then never getting a job. I am afraid that maybe I am being rejected because I am too old to start this as a career. Can anyone give me any advice in this area. I have a solid work history, clean back ground, good credit history, and I'm not crazy. There really is no reason I shouldn't be hired that I can think of.

Try applying for a job as a police officer at one your local colleges or universities; they usually don't have an age requirement and the work is not as dangerous or stressful.

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david.morales in Apo

72 months ago

Hello ,

Im a combat engineer in the U S Army. I am currently deployed in Afganistan and have about 11 months for my ets when I get back home. I was considering not re-enlisting and applying for a job with a local police department. I am trying to put my ducks in a row so i can provide security for my family. I do have prior credit issues before i joined the army. In my 3 year term I have had no credit issues and am wondering if bad credit would hinder me from persuing my career as a police officer. Becoming a police officer has has been my life long dream but with having to support my family I havent been able to persue my dream. I have worked several jobs in the past and really havent had a stable job due to economy,down sizing and meeting the needs to support my family. I am stable in the army and would have my 3 year contract completed in 2013. I was wondering about getting advice on what I should do to insure my families stability. Having a position secure with a police department and finally persuing my dream of becoming a police officer. I have a clean driving record and a clean background with no problems with the law. I also have some college ,about 36 credits and I took 3 classes one of which was a introduction to criminal justice class. A few questions are, How long is the police academy? Does my 3 year of military active duty help me in persuing my dream as a a police officer? Does my 1 year deployment in Afganistan help my experience for my resume. Will VA help assist me in finding a job as a police officer? Will my GI Bill help me with school and the cost of living when i get out? I am trying to make sure there is no loss of income to my family for persuing my dream as I am married for 7 years and have two wonderful children. I want to make sure that me wanting to persue my dream does not come at their expense...

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Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas

72 months ago

First of all, Thank you for your service to our country. From what you have posted I would say that you should be alright. If you have any credit issues now or lingering ones from the past get them cleaned up. If asked be honest about them and be able to show that they have been corrected. In the past I would have said that having an unstable work history takes away points but not in this day and age with the economy and job situation the way that it is. If you are able I would suggest you at least complete an associates degree and yes your GI bill should cover your education expenses. Go to your learning institution's financial aid office to get some guidance on how to use it. Secondly, I would say do not pursue a degree in criminal justice. It doesn't make you as marketable as degree with an emphasis in math, psychology, or business. Most police academies are between 6 and 9 months depending on the agencies you are applying for. I think that if you pay for one yourself at a community college they are 6 months. Being a military veteran gives you a huge advantage over those who are not without a doubt and being a combat veteran is a plus for sure. Becoming a police officer does create a living wage for you to raise a family on. I would say that if your wife does not work you will struggle. Even with two incomes you won't be rich but you'll be comfortable. Being a police officer requires some personal sacrifice and a cop's family has to incur some of that sacrifice. It can be a tough job at times and there are things you will see and experience that you will never forget. So your decision to pursue a career in law enforcement has to be a family decision, be aware of that. Start getting into shape now if you are not already. The academic work load will be a strain if you are constantly uncomfortable because of the physical training. The hiring process in most cases takes a year to 18 months. Get in shape and stay in shape during that time. Good luck.

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robocop in Stockbridge, Georgia

70 months ago

cheddarbob in Pearland, Texas said: Can a police officer have 2 jobs? For example, Be a detective and then work as an administrator for a school?

It is possible for a police officer to have 2 jobs. The question that remains to be answered is if your administator's job conflict with
your shift as a police officer. Also your chief will have to approve
your "secondary employment" with the school.

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KSLeo in Derby, Kansas

70 months ago

robocop in Stockbridge, Georgia said: It is possible for a police officer to have 2 jobs. The question that remains to be answered is if your administator's job conflict with
your shift as a police officer. Also your chief will have to approve
your "secondary employment" with the school.

Two job possible? It's almost a necessity! Most policies will require your Chief to approve it, and it would have to work with your shift schedule. But the simple answer is yes.

Even with my wife's income, it's a little tight without my second job income.

Didn't become a cop to get rich..

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Skygazer in Clementon, New Jersey

68 months ago

How is your search going? I'm in a similar situation, but even older. i have my degrees up to a Masters and will be retiring in a bout a year. I'm looking into the NPS and considering using all my leave to put myself through the academy. I was wondering how you got on. Email me at skygazer32@hotmail.com

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robocop in Collierville, Tennessee

68 months ago

KSLeo in Derby, Kansas said: Two job possible? It's almost a necessity! Most policies will require your Chief to approve it, and it would have to work with your shift schedule. But the simple answer is yes.

Even with my wife's income, it's a little tight without my second job income.

Didn't become a cop to get rich..

lol. NO ONE becomes a cop to get rich.....

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J-W in Washington, District of Columbia

67 months ago

Different police departments have different requirements. Some do, but many police departments do not have a maximum age limit for applicants. For example, some have applicant age limits of 25, 37, or 45. Most departments in the United States do not have maximum age limits. All else being equal, some agencies would rather hire a 40 year old as opposed to a 21 year old due to things such as life experience and maturity level. Having college can surely increase your chances of getting a police officer job. Getting police officer jobs is becoming more and more competitive. Have you considered relocating if possible? Best of luck!

Source:
www.peaceofficerjobs.com

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Jonathan in Baltimore, Maryland

67 months ago

Is being an FBI Special Agent the best law enforcement job possible? A lot of people I've talked to say it's better than being a local cop. Can anyone please provide information as to whether or not that's true?

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RianaJC in Los Angeles, California

64 months ago

Can somebody tell me if can still be a police officer at the age of 29? I've always wanted to be one, but due to my legal status in this country I couldnt!! Now that I just become legal weeks ago, I would like to try.. Hopefully its not too late!!

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skygazer32 in Moorestown, New Jersey

64 months ago

RianaJC in Los Angeles, California said: Can somebody tell me if can still be a police officer at the age of 29? I've always wanted to be one, but due to my legal status in this country I couldnt!! Now that I just become legal weeks ago, I would like to try.. Hopefully its not too late!!

Yup. At the age of 29 you should have no problem.

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golawenforcement in Madison, Wisconsin

53 months ago

There are 2 types of positions, sworn and non-sworn. Age limits usually apply to sworn positions, those armed and with arrest powers. Minimum requirements, including maximum and minimum age limits are set by the state POST agency (Peace Officer Standards and Training). Local agencies may set higher standards that those established by the state POST agency. Therefore, the first thing to check is the POST age requirements in your state by going the POST website in your state. If you meet their minimum requirements, next check with agencies that you are interested in applying with. If you meet the state requirements but not your local agencies, keep checking around to find an agency as each will vary. If you do not meet the state's minimum requirements, consider looking at non-sworn positions. More information is at www.golawenforcement.com

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Future87 in Modesto, California

50 months ago

Can I still become a cop even though I was detained in highschool for mentioning that I had suicidal thoughts. It's been six years now since it happen

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funmnm in Santa Rosa, California

41 months ago

Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas said: Are middle aged people considered for law enforcement careers? I worked in corrections for 13 and 1/2 years. I left it for the rail road a few years ago and I got laid off because of the economy. I always wanted to be a police officer but I got hired by the prison system when I graduated from college and I just never got out of it until the Rail Road offered me big bucks to come and work for them. I have applied to several police departments since I was laid off and I just haven't gotten any offers. I am considering paying my own way through the police officer academy at the community college but I am a little afraid of spending the time and money, and then never getting a job. I am afraid that maybe I am being rejected because I am too old to start this as a career. Can anyone give me any advice in this area. I have a solid work history, clean back ground, good credit history, and I'm not crazy. There really is no reason I shouldn't be hired that I can think of.
The answer is still not clear, I am a year old woman with no law enforcement back round, and am very interested in starting a new career. My question is,"Is there a law enforcement agency,and/or job within an agency that would allow a woman my age to apply?" By the way, I am in great physical condition and have no physical restrictions that would prevent me from doing the job. I realize that various agencies have various qualifications, therefore, I would appreciate someone that might know which, if any would accept me into an academy, or any position within their department. I just hope it's not too late for me. Any advice would be appreciated.

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funmnm in Santa Rosa, California

41 months ago

I apologize, I didn't input my age... It is 46...LOL

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love_thy_neighbour2 in Hayes, United Kingdom

41 months ago

Rail Roader in Dallas, Texas said: Are middle agedistory, and I'm not crazy. There really is no reason I shouldn't be hired that I can think of.

Depends on the rules of the particular forces and branch, and what you can offer, and your enthusiasm and fitness. Please email the police academy.

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louismelton in Rowlett, Texas

34 months ago

Hello

I am 35 years old with a below the knee prosthetic leg, I have been doing commissioned security work off and on for the past 13 years, and I am considering going to eastfield community college for the pol police academy, I have a lot of friends with the Dallas police department in this line of work it is always good to have friends to have your back, and they told me to get on as a county detention officer and I tried to but was not selected, I can keep up and pull my own weight except I am curious if the human resources of a police department would frown upon my age or prosthetic leg ?

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love_thy_neighbour2 in Hayes, United Kingdom

34 months ago

Of course, you just have to be truthful and try to apply. It is the willingness and skills that really matter. If you have been a security guard for so long, then you are also physically capable of becoming a policeman. I have seen really fat policemen who are not fit at all, and I am sure you can run faster than them and many more. However, a policeman does not necessarily have to be in 'Combat' mode. Some are behind the desk, offering intelligence, and even knowledge about combat that you must have learned can be used both running, standing, lying down, sitting... every position has an advantage. It is left to you to prove all his, and if you are the first, open the minds of the police force and turn the history. Also, some policemen have special skills like knowledge about pick-pockets, knowledge about locks and safes, knowledge about psychology. You write a good thesis and the job will be yours.

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Mike in Ridgewood, New York

31 months ago

lapd wannabe in Closter, New Jersey said: I'm not sure why you're so concerned. As long as you apply to police depts. without a max. age requirement your resume speaks for itself. College graduate with 13 plus years in corrections , clean background, you shouldn't have a problem getting in somewhere. I'm actually surprised you're even worried compared to other posts I've read.

I'm in the same boat maybe worst. I'm now 35 trying to become an officer. I've been in the military since 2008 inspired by 9/11. Now inspired by the tragic events happening to police officers and want to join the fight. Never had time for college because I've been supporting my family since I was 18. Can anyone help?

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Mike in Ridgewood, New York

31 months ago

Anyone?

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muskytips17 in Burlington, Wisconsin

14 months ago

turbo in Closter, New Jersey said: I'm not trying to discourage you from pursuing a career in law enforcement but with how competitive the job market is now for police jobs I think you should have a backup plan too in the meantime. There are many qualified applicants who are waiting in the wings right now and in the meantime are improving their chances by furthering their education or doing voluntary work such as being a reserve. Even Rail Roader has very good credentials with having a Bachelors and prior corrections experience seems to be having a difficult time getting hired with a police dept. Right now his situation is not the exception, unfortunately it's the norm. I have friends who were hired on as police officers in the early 90's and even they said they probably wouldn't be hired now, considering that many of the applicants have college degrees which neither of them have. As far as having friends on the force that probably will not carry much weight as you think other than it's a positive referral. My friend who is a detective couldn't get his own brother onto his dept., but his brother eventually got hired on by another agency in which he had to relocate. This is 2010, depts. stray away from this "good old boys club" practice of hiring that may have been prevalent years ago due to legal ramifications that can arise. I think the self sponsorship route is ok but I'd personally would try to get that bachelors degree in an area where I can utilize it, just in case things don't pan out. Since you have a family I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket, especially in this recession. I, myself, have a bachelors already but am pursuing a 2nd BSN to become a nurse just in case the chips don't fall my way.

I'm wondering the same thing. Would I have better chances by applying to the inner city departments like Milwaukee or Chicago?

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muskytips17 in Burlington, Wisconsin

14 months ago

I'm wondering the same thing. Would I have a better chance if I applied to an inner city department in say Milwaukee or Chicago?

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