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Posted about 7 years ago

 

Hello, my name's Alex and I'm a 16 year old junior from south western Indiana. I'm VERY interested in becoming a cop. It's my dream and I want to do everything in my power to make it come true, which leads to my question. What can I do now do help my chances. Are there any types of programs for kids my age? Also what would you suggest I do after high school? Thank you for your input.
If anyone would like to be like a pen pal or something like that, someone I can go to for advice, that would be awesome too.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Alex, call your local department and see if they have an Explorers program. That is for youth who are interested in law enforcement. I can't tell you much about it, myself, but perhaps others here will be able to tell you more about it.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Alex, I am Mike and am also 16 (and a musician like you).. Academics are important. See if your department requires a college degree, many do these days. Also, broaden your horizen to other departments as well. Be sure to stay crime free, especially when you drive. If you have a job, be the best employee you can. All these little things help. Please repond back if you have more questions, I will be glad to help.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

The Explorer program is something you should take advantage of if it's available to you. My department has one, and I usually have a rider with me on the weekends. It's a great place to get your feet wet.

Since you can't be commissioned until you're 21, use those in between years to get your degree. ST is right, alot of agencies are beginning to require at least a two year degree before they will even consider you. Military service is also a great thing to have on your resume.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Thanks for all the great advice guys. This explorer program sounds promising. I'm torn between military or college. I live close to a college that I can get a very good criminal justice degree in. If I go that way I'll get a bachelors. But maybe it would look better and prepare me more to go into the military(probably marines) and get an associates on the side. I just don't know right now.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Hello my name is kelsey michel I am a 13 years old and want to become either a homicide or drug detective when I grow up. In class we are having a party about what we want to be when we grow up in the year 2017. So we had to fill out paper on what we want to be so I just wanted to know what you had to do to get where you all are today?

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Alex, also make sure you can work well with others and can handle stressful situations.

Lepage, some departments allow you to apply when you are either 19 or 21. Call your local department for further info.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Some schools host an annual career day with visitors from a variety of professions. Attending some may provide you with additional resources. It is nice to see young kids giving serious and indepth consideration as to their career choices. Good job, kids.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

If the military is what you choose, then I recommend an MOS which will give you marketability later in life (computers, aviation, etc...). I was in the Infantry for 8 years and there's not a whole lot of civilian jobs, sans law enforcement, where those skills would be marketable. I don't regret a nano-second of my military service, but I wish I would have put more thought into what to do after the Army. I can't be a cop forever, y'know.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Lepage, study hard and stay out of trouble. If that's what you truly want to do then there's nothing that can keep you from it. One doesn't bounce right in to a detective slot...it has to be earned through alot of hard work. Start small and work your way up.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Hi. My name is Garrett Heller and I am 13 and also would like to be an aviation unit officer. I have been to a handful of air units all around my state and have talked about what I should do.They have said to join an explore post. A good way I have met officers is through patch collecting and photography of police vehicles. If you ever look on copcar.com under the TX folder you will see lots of my Dallas area car pictures. By the way if anybody has any air units patches from any where I’m interested. If any body has some advice about getting into an air unit please contact me. Thanks!

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

GO TO COLLEGE! That way it's easier to move up the ranks.

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I just read a pamplet about San Antonio Police Department's pay and you will recive extra each month if you have a college education.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

That's not uncommon. Alot of agencies offer "incentive" pay or some sort of differential. Where I work we get certificate pay...an extra $50 for having your Intrmediate, Advanced, Master license, and also for special types of certifications like Instructor, Field Training Officer, Intoxilyzer Operator, etc...

A bunch of departments also pay if you are fluent in another language.