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Step 2: Decide if You're Ready

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Step 2: Decide if You're Ready

Will you fit in? Are you old enough? Are you too old? Do you have a criminal record? Understand the basic requirements of joining a department here with:

• Basic eligibility requirements

• Reasons to join

• Benefits overview

• Law Enforcement vs. Civilian Comparison

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requiremen...

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    acmarine

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    I'm in the process of pursuing a new career in Law Enforcement. My concern with the hiring process. My credit isn't that good, I have no bankrupcy. Will this keep me from getting hired on with a agency? What advice could you give me to prepare myself? thanks for your advice. My other question is what is the cut off age from getting hired with a agency? I know every state has there own guidelines I live in California. Thanks again for your help

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    ami2old

    about 6 years ago

    478 Comments

    Anyone who reads my resume will see Iam very civic minded,often putting others before myself.
    I have never felt a calling for a beat cop,however for protective services, or probation officer,or especially something in the area of Police Benovolance I have.
    Iam seeking my 2nd career,one that I deserve,and more one that I require.
    My big question is have I waited to long,am I to old?

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    wayfastwhitey08

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    if youre in the guard just change your mos to MP

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    fire84nb

    over 6 years ago

    110 Comments

    IM 22 AND WOULD LOVE TO JOIN THE FORCE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE BUT IM A SOLDER IN THE GUARD CAN I GET A WAIVER?

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    Merryk89

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I am 19, but have just left the Military. Is there any way I can get a waiver?

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    MattyO

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I was a marijuana smoker at one point will this be a problem in pursuing my dream of law enforcement?

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    TylerZoe1

    over 6 years ago

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    I was prescribed prescription pain killers legally for almost 4 years and became physically addicted to them, not mentally; consequentially I went to a rehab program 1 year ago and see a psychiatrist monthly because I am currently in a program to prevent withdrawal and am on one other medication-I know this question is rediculous-I am probably disqualified, just want to confirm it. I have no Felonies, but gave the local police a hell of time when i was a teenager(10years ago)-DUI, however I am honest and caring person, Im a college graduate from a Division 1 Univ-Psychology/ Cultural Anthropology, though i should throw somthing positive in there:) I know I probably will not qualify, so my second choice is to be teacher to serve the community, helping people is my passion, and my positive and negative experiences only add wisdom-i feel.

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    Jophes

    over 6 years ago

    290 Comments

    I'm so glad that I joined this site. This info is priceless.

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    kris294430

    over 6 years ago

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    i will be 30 yrs old in december. i wanted to be a cop since im 16. i just took the test and am waiting for the results. it sure seems like a lifetime wait and gets frustrating. im physically fit but was diagnosed with herniated disc. if i get surgery will that disqualify me ?

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    moreno

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I have always wanted to become a police officer when I was a young man.I am forty one and yes I have use drugs like cocaine and smoke some weed.Not anymore will that disqualified me from becoming a officer.

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    ZING

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Now I am very disappointed, I made a mistake in my life and took one puff of weed but never have done it before or after. So will this stop me from becoming a cop?

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    eckos

    over 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    This article was really helpful to me but i just turn 18, wha can i do during meantime to be a police officer?

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    David_Duperior

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    good read....but im 19...what can i do in the meantime to help get into the police force?

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    cochrismiller

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I work as a correctional officer for the state of Texas, but I just moved to county level to become a police officer, but you need to have a TCLOSE cand someone tell me how i go about getting this TCLOSE thanks chris miller

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    michealwade

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    i have a felony records has a juvenile and it was sealed, does that disqualify me?

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