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I'm almost finished with my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, I had everything planned where after I was done doing something with criminal investigation with the state in which I reside. Now my mind is changing and I'm leaning towards police officer, I have some detectives friends that say I would be a good cop and have been trying to talk me into it since I started school, I'll be 30 in Sept. is this to old to decide to be a cop?

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I'm almost finished with my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, I had everything planned where after I was done doing something with criminal investigation with the state in which I reside. Now my mind is changing and I'm leaning towards police officer, I have some detectives friends that say I would be a good cop and have been trying to talk me into it since I started school, I'll be 30 in Sept. is this to old to decide to be a cop?



NO

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bluelights007 says ...



I'm almost finished with my Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, I had everything planned where after I was done doing something with criminal investigation with the state in which I reside. Now my mind is changing and I'm leaning towards police officer, I have some detectives friends that say I would be a good cop and have been trying to talk me into it since I started school, I'll be 30 in Sept. is this to old to decide to be a cop?



NO



.then on the other hand..............NO.!

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Absolutely not.  At your age, you should be a tad more settled and have more experience in life in general that someone who has just turned 21.  GO FOR IT!


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I have read your message and all the replies.  After careful consideration and research, and since you did not bother to do a search of previous threads that talk about this issue.  I came up with a list of 4 answers for you;


 


1. NO


2. NO


3. NO


4. NO


 


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Nope.


And howz this for a fun fact about age and law enforcement:


I just completed an EVOC Instructor's Course last week. One of my instructors is retired from regular police work but still does Reserve Officer work as a Motor Officer.


Ready for this ? He is currently the oldest living motor officer in the United States. He can run circles around anyone as an expert driver and a motor operator.


He is 76 years old !      I kid you not !!!


Go stuff that in your 'coon skin cap !


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30?!? and you're thinking you are too old to start LE work! Actually, you are probably coming in at a good age. Many law enforcement agencies are realizing that with the advancements in medicine and nutrition, we are living longer and longer. It used to be that 32-35 was the cut off ages for many different agencies (that is, to apply).


Depending on what type of retirement you have, it may just be the perfect time to get in. My 'ol man started in law enforcement at 21 and put in 25 dedicated years with his P.D. After that, he was bored to tears so he went to work as a deputy. He continued on until he died of cancer at 61 (he was still a reserve deputy sheriff at the time of death).


If you start in your 30's and do your 25 years, you will be around 55 years old when you retire. Hopefully by then your pension will be enough were you can really retire and enjoy yourself.


I've worked with cops that have ranged between 60 - 80 years old. In fact, the 80 year old deputy I know is a warrant officer and is still taking people to jail! As long as your are still physically and mentally capable, you are never too old to be a cop!


PS: My mom went through an academy at 40 years old and is still a full time police officer 12 years later!

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I wish I knew at age 30 what I know today!

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I was 30 when I went through the KSP highering process and 31 when I went through the academy. There was a 49 year old and a 52 year old that attended our academy and graduated.


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I think the ideal age is 25 but 30 is well within the best range for becoming an officer. Go for it!

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no

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Age isn't the scale of measure, lad. Will and desire is. If you want it - come and get it.  


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I was a housewife for 15 years and then at the age of 33, started living my dream.  I've been a police officer for 19 years and wouldn't trade this job for anything.  I'll be 58 when I complete my 25 and am making plans to start another career.  Don't give up and live your dreams!

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I wish I knew at age 30 what I know today!



I wish I could remember 30!!!!!!!!

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No, you are not too old to start as a cop.  I started at 29, you, ussually, have more life experience than the 21 year olds that are all fired up to start.


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I am with Retired Cop. 30 came and went some 28 years ago. I was 27 and retired at 52 (on advice of now ex-wife) and I wish I had stayed. I had a gravy gig doing homi invest and "Directed Patrol" Supervisor! Oh well, Corrections is a good thing too!!

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I was 35 when i graduated the acedemy.

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 I went through my second academy at 34.  You are only as old as you feel???

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Hey I wish I was only 30 when I started. I was 40 when I started out. I worked n the jail as a booking clerk then became a jailer a year later. I went to the academy in 1993 and got commissoned when I was 43. I have now been doing this for the past 18 years. I encourage older people like you to apply. I am also one of the FTO's for my department. A lot of the younger guys hate it when they come to me because I actually make them get out of the car to walk the entire area. I agree with everyone else in that your age is not a factor. Your desire to become what you want is what is needed and what you should do.

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No, you are NOT too old!


I was 54 when I was hired by my sheriff's office.  I had 28 yrs in the Marines behind me.


At 55, I was the oldest in my class at the academy and I graduated 8/43.  There was also another retired Marine that graduated in my class who was 52.


Some of the early 20's folks made me wonder a few times.  Things like punctuality and attention to detail needed a little more maturity.


Go for it!


 

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I started my Campus gig when I was 24 and am eligible for full vested retirement in the Teachers Retirement after just only 5 years. So when I'm 29ish in a few years I'll be looking for another job.


That way when I retire, I'll be able to have two checks coming in, plus if Social Security is still around, I'll have that extra money too.

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This is excellent to hear.  I became unemployed in Feb 09 and have always had a passion for law enforcement but somehow I got stuck in the world of telemarketing so during my unemployment I expressed to my wife that I would like to pursue my dream career of law enforcement and she supports me.  I turned 46 in Nov of 09 and am now starting as a commissioned security officer, plan on getting my TCLEOSE and working as a reserve deputy or reserve constable and getting in going that route.  I can't wait until the day that I begin my dream career.

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To the original question...NO.


"Service, justice, fundamental fairness-these are the foundational principles in which every police action must be grounded. The nobility of policing demands the noblest of character. "
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No - heard it from the big dog the other day "I'd prefer an older candidate", and he was a talking about a 41yr old.

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NO, age is what you make it. Go for it and good luck


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30 is probably a perfect starting age for LE..Good Luck!

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I started two months after I turned 21 and to look back I was much to young. The authority was to much at that age. I have a friend who is 74 and is a Lt. Detective. Other than his hearing getting bad he is a value to his agency. Starting at 30 is probably a good starting point.

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Taffy says ...



Age isn't the scale of measure, lad. Will and desire is. If you want it - come and get it.  


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Semper Fi.


30 is not too old!!!  I started this field at 29 years old, nine years ago after (2) hitches in the USMC(all infantry).  My current trainee assigned to me is 30 years old.  He just got out from active duty from the United States Army and transferred to the Army National Guards, his last rank was Captain(03) assigned to the infantry .  He 's motivated and proactive.  My oldest trainee from (4) sesseions ago was a Retired Lt.Col from the United States Army, he was 45 years old, he was eager and a good cop.


Improvise, Adapt, & Overcome...

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 I turned 35 one week before recruit class started, and I had NO previous Law or Military experience. You can do it.


 

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