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There has been Ask a Cop, Ask a Security Guard, well now there's Ask a Kid. Through my experience here, I have seen many younger people (13-16) join this site. What do you adults have to ask us kids about our law enforcement plans or anything...

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any other younger people join in

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teenagers that is

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I come b/c I think its one hell of a lot better than my space and people understand my lust to be an LEO...most other kids my age think me wnating to be a cop is dumb.

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I always check ODMP and saw this link. I came to share what I know, learn a lot, and see the different opportunites in LE there is. I enjoy the threads and your sarcastic and funny answer, despite how much we dont get a long. I like asking questions and getting different answers from many offciers, like the way they handled a situation. I even learned a new work out plan from you. I met a lot of nice people, some of which live nearby. I try to help and give what I know. I know i am not an officer yet, I have a lot to learn, but I do know some stuff. I have met patch traders too. Then there are the videos that are posted here that I can learn from (some of them). Fianlly, I want these fine people to know that there are some kids who appreciate what you all do, and want to do the same, no matter what.

I hope I answered your question as honestly as possible.

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I'm 17, I joined this site mostly just to learn, and it's nice to see there's others on here around my age, I wasn't really expecting there to be... I'll give out my opinion on things, but it's just an opinion and I realize I'm young, so whatever if someone insults it, it's just another way to learn, and I don't get upset over that kind of thing...

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I've got one for the kids....What if you dont get hired in Law Enforcement, or its not what you thinks its gonna be. Any back up plans?
Its always good to have a plan B ;)

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Construction is where the money is at. Thats what my dad does. Its good to not limit yourself to one thing. Good Luck :)

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Well...if you would do it for free...look into your town's PD see if they have a volunteer program, or an explorers class you can get involved in.

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As much as I enjoy law enforcement, there's no way in Hell that I'd ever do it for free. After your second day of wearing a badge, you'll feel the same way.

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I wouldn't be an officer for free because it is a full time job and a living wage would be nice. Actually, a living wage is all I really want. A little more money never hurts, but money is not my primary motivation, or really a major concern.

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For the people that say, "they would do this job for free". I say, if that is true, then why don't you do it for free? Give you're money back to the town since you don't need it, or better yet, send it to me. No one will do this job for free. You would not be able to survive and put food on the table for your family.

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I have a question for the "kids". Why do you want to become a Peace Officer?

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For the younger hopefuls, please keep in mind that while money may not be a major concern right now, it will be in the future. Once you have a wife/husband and/or children, you'll realize that NEED tends to triumph over WANT nine times out of ten. My wife is a registered nurse, and makes almost ten dollars an hour more than I do, yet we still have to work to make ends meet at times due to the cost of living in our area.

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@ Buzzkill: I am a master of living frugally. College teaches that to you in a hurry, especially when there is no job to be found or, when there is, you have no way of cashing the check.

@John: The question from hell. People always ask me that and get a different answer every time, because the reasons are so many; reasons include, but are not limited to, I have great love of helping people, even if they are not grateful: I am a big person into obeying the rules: I have always admired police officers greatly; they have been a big idol for me for a long time; I think that if I could do the same for one child, I'd have done something great.

Yes, I am an idealist to a fault (amongst other things) so do forgive me.

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I like your enthusiasm Dennis. And I'm glad that you are setting the goal of being a good cop. Just remember that most cops don't take the job to be dirty. It just ends up that way sometime for some reason or another.

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Corruption is an incredible temptation, especially when it can turn suffering to ease. Bribery, graft, and extortion can quickly line a person's pocket and little cost; just remember what these entail in the long term whenever you are tempted by them.

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*Insert racist, bigoted, yet pithy, comment here*

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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For me...a backup is the United States Coast Gaurd. I am hoping to go into the USCG as an officer and go to flight school. Fly helicopters for USCG, get an honerable dis-charge, then join a PD with a big air wing and stay on till I get to the air unit,

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I think you ought to go in the service as a primary goal and then go into L.E.. You could get a good education, learn a good skill or trade, and even become an M.P. if you wanted. Most large departments want you to have a degree to get in now days anyway. My dept. requires a 2 yr degree or be POST certified to get in and get on the road. Otherwise you start in the jail and may never get out on the road.

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tjb is right about people not taking the job to be dirty cops.

Kevin Gilmartin is real helpful to understanding what it is that happens, in his book "Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement".

You young folks would be well advised to take a look at this book.

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the reason i want to be a cop is to help people stay out of trouble,and to make a difference in someone else's life. My backup is the DA (district Attorney) because when I'm in collage I'm going to go to Harvard law to get a law degree so when I'm to old to run after no good bully's on the streets I'll retire in to the D.A so if i can't can't catch the bad guys i can still put them away.


The only way fo evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

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So, you want to be a COP. I hope it’s not based on TV. There is a lot you don't see on TV. Like; what happens when a chase go bad... Some times, there's not a simple answer to a problem you have 2 seconds to make. It’s a calling...It’s not for the weak hearted. My question is...do we have any females (teens) out here? Do you guys that want to be cops, come from LE families? What was it your parents said that led you to LE? What do you like about being around cops? See, I have a young daughter...I don’t think I want her in LE.

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On the subject of your daughter, remember that she had to live her life much longer than you will. If she was to join law enforcement there is no moral way you can stop her. The best you can do is to make sure she stays safe if she does go into law enforcement.

It wasn't shows like COPS (I actually hate that show, every officer I see on it comes out looking either incompetent or an ass). I encountered police officers every so often as a child and always loved them. They were great guys who I came to readily admire.

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I don't think there's any job I'd do for free, I already have a job because my parents just can't afford to hand me money when I turn 18 so I can move out of the house, and I'm more than aware of how much it costs just to buy food and pay rent...

As for the "what if you can't get into LE" question, I'm probably going to be going into the National Guard anyways, so it's not like I'm going to be screwed if I don't get accepted into the first department I apply to (though I'm going to go through the MP program, so I'm not entirely sure why I wouldn't be accepted unless I totally blow one of the entrance tests)

Someone asked if we have any female teens here... Yeah, right here. My parents said nothing to want me to go into law enforcement, hell, they'd be happier if I did anything but a military/LE career. But it's just too bad. Sometimes it's hard to understand why someone wants so badly to do something, especially if you've never thought about doing it yourself. Yeah, it's not exactly the most safe career in the world, but something in LE is more rewarding than most anything can be for someone who wants to serve their country and community, and just wants to help people (even if a lot of them are a bunch of ingrates)... It takes a lot to make it in the LE field or even keep considering it after you know just what you're going to be getting yourself into, so I'd be proud of your daughter and support her...

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I'm going to try not to ramble here, and this may come off as a bit rude, but I assure you that I don't mean it to. Vermilion, I think it's outstanding that you want to be a police officer, but at the same time, I'm not your father, brother, uncle or cousin. While it's easy for friends, acquaintances, or even perfect strangers to support us, for those we love it's a bit different. Our choices, and their consequences, will effect those we call our loved ones, just as much, if not more so, than they effect us. While you can't always live your life with the best interests and desires of others in mind, I urge you, and the other young hopefuls here, not to write those interests and desires off completely.

My father volunteered for the U.S. Navy Seabees, the Navy's version of combat engineers, and served his country for almost two years in the jungles of Vietnam. Near the end of his second tour of duty, he was wounded in combat, and sent back to "The World". He's one of the proudest men in regards to his military service that I know. Due to this, I was extremely surprised when the time came for me to volunteer for military service, and my father's answer was a resounding "NO!". Although I couldn't understand him at the time, his explanation was that he had "paid his debt", and paid the debts of my older brother and I as well. Still not understanding, and too prideful for my own good, I grudingly forgot about my military career, and set my eyes on what had always been my ultimate goal, law enforcement. Having never been a police officer himself, my father couldn't say much about my new career choice, and reluctantly accepted my decision.

I was twenty years old, the day my father pinned my badge to my chest at the academy graduation. I was twenty years old, and ready to take on the world, or so I thought. Over the next six years, I, like many others here, narrowly survived hundreds of bad situations. Like has been expressed by others elsewhere on this forum, I fully believe that my continued existance to this day, is only by the Grace of God. I've been shot at, stabbed at, bitten, slapped, kicked, punched, cursed at, and spit on. I've dodged bullets, as well as flying lawn chairs and flower pots that mysteriously "grew wings".I've broken bones, lost teeth, and I've seen way too much at an early age. After all of this, I finally understand what my father meant, when he told me that he had paid his debt, and mine along with it.

I continue to serve to this day, yet, I've realized something. Going into it., I had no idea what law enforcement really was. In fact, no one does. Not until you've been through the endless, red-eye midnight shifts, the mountains of paperwork, the long hours in court. Not until you've held the lifeless baby in your arms, squeezing him to your chest, wishing he would breath. Not until you've crouched behind your patrol vehicle while bullets whizz over head. Not until you've seen the children run from you in fear. Not until you've "mopped up" your first homicide scene. Not until you spend your first night in agony in the emergency room while other patients take priority. After all of that, and much more, you MIGHT understand what it means to be a cop. To pay your debt, and that of your children too.

I fully agree with GB...I don't want my kids becoming cops. And unless you're a cop yourself, then that's something you don't have a right to criticize...

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I understand that it's impossible to fully understand what it's like to do something until you've actually done it. I'm not saying that I know everything about what's involved, but I'm more than aware that it's nothing like TV or whatever, and I do understand the fact that for the most part it is indeed a thankless job with a lot of stress and hardships. However, I'm not going to let my family and what they think of things dictate how I live my life or what career I choose. Sure, they'll worry about me and I do care about them, but they'll get over it (I have several other family members who have actively served in the military, they got over their choices and were proud of them.) It's fine that people don't want to see their kids become cops (especially cops themselves because they've had real experiences with what goes on) or go into the military, but in the end it's the kid's decision at the age of 18, even if the kid ends up seeming like a thankless little punk, at least the kid will get to do what they wanted and not end up doing what mom or dad thought would be in their best interest... I'm not in this to be a hero, I'm in this because I'm willing to accept the tons of bad situations that are impossible to avoid, because I feel I can handle it. If someone doesn't believe it or thinks it's just wishful thinking, that's their problem. Same for every young person who's going into LE. Only they can know if they can handle it, not their mom, dad, or anyone else.

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Im 13 and when I grow up I want to be a virginia state trooper or a deputy sheriff I luv cops

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Me too i love cops. I don't want to become a cop because of the TV. in the fifth grade i came home and told my mom that i wanted to be a cop. All my life i have wanted to help people in some form of work. i really think that if you want to become a cop, you have to do it because you want to. Not because you get to Drive through traffic or learn to use a gun, but 'cause you want to help make a difference in the world.


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This is what background investigators need to ask the families and the applicants while they are going through the hiring. They need to really think if his is the right choice for them before they become tied to the income and can't get out. Well said!!!!

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