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iam 18yrs old and currently working on my degree in criminal justice. i have a job now but it is nothing close to what i want to do when i get older. I want to find a job that will make a police force look at me over everyone else during the hiring process. What is the secret?

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Military, Military Reserves, Police Explorer Programs....all good things, I did the same thing you're doing, finished highschool, when to college and got my Assoc. In criminal justice, looked around and decided I wasn't ready to be a cop so I joined the Military.....and as you can see I'm still here. There are several ways to go about it, my brother worked for the campus police at the college he was going to, he turned 21 this Feb and they sent him through the Police Acadamey, all expenses paid, he owe's the college a year as a campus cop then he can move on to whatever agency he wants, and he's made a lot of friends in the Law enforcement Career field.


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I contacted my local PD and unfortunately they do not have the police explorers program, i gues iam just outta of luck and will have to go to school and then just apply to every place i can when it is time. thanks for the help !

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iam the one who is unsure about the military, i havce thought about it but i have family in the military who tell me not to do it, and then some people tell me it helps to get hired if you were one, so iam unsure about that. i will have to take more time to think

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iam the one who is unsure about the military, i havce thought about it but i have family in the military who tell me not to do it, and then some people tell me it helps to get hired if you were one, so iam unsure about that. i will have to take more time to think



Well with a military background it would be a BIG plus but not required.


Why are you unsure about the military?


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I contacted my local PD and unfortunately they do not have the police explorers program, i gues iam just outta of luck and will have to go to school and then just apply to every place i can when it is time. thanks for the help !



Don't just stop at one PD. Put in as many apps as posible and see what happens. Apply for the County Jail and once you have your foot in the door and gained some valuable experience, you can always apply for LEO positions later on.


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Live your life like you are under a microscope, IE no drugs, no alcohol , no traffic violations, no law breaking associates or friends, everything you do now will either help or haunt/disqualify you when you go to apply for a LE job.

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trace1 - iam unsure about the military because iam not familier with it basicaly i dont have a striaght forward answer to that.


IowaNinersFan - infact i have applied at the county jail recently, to me they made it seem that it would be impossible for an 18yr to do their job (but filled out and application anyways), i have never been one to b pushed around and was very athletic in high school with a strong background in wrestling so its not like im just a push over, becasue some people would not b fit mentaly to work with some of the yahoos in the jail, or in law enforcement field and i think that is what they were trying to hint at. Also since iam still attending college im pretty much stuck to my local P.D., when i get out of college in the next couple years i will apply all over beccasue i want this job, but i would really like to stya in Iowa but if i have to go out of state to get the job i want i will ! :)


Casscocop - After talkin with many law enforcement officers their main advice for me is what you just said, iam very proud to say that my past and record is clean ! , and its going to stay that way!


- thanks for helping me out everyone i tried to answer each of your questions as best i can ! thanks again !

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iam 18yrs old and currently working on my degree in criminal justice. i have a job now but it is nothing close to what i want to do when i get older. I want to find a job that will make a police force look at me over everyone else during the hiring process. What is the secret?


 


like the other guys said, military, but those who cant go into the millitary like me... id say do Alot of volunteer work, heck ask your local pd if they have a cadet program, or an internship program, they might be able to get you through there.ask them if they have any office jobs, or if you can help them out with anything, go on ride alongs with them every so often...  


try the volunteer firefighters if the local PD dosnt have any internship program, try to get some emergency feild experince...


help out the local homless shelter, or other places show them that you care for the community 


 



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trace1 - iam unsure about the military because iam not familier with it basicaly i dont have a striaght forward answer to that.



Fair enough, but how familiar are you with Law Enforcement then?


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Most of the jails I have talked to don't like hiring college kids  because of class times, homework, etc.


My problem with reserves is that as much as I love our country, I don't want to be called up because I would feel like I'm leaving my community and duty as an officer.  But that's probably just me.


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Military is the best route. If not, a security job.


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Most of the jails I have talked to don't like hiring college kids  because of class times, homework, etc.


My problem with reserves is that as much as I love our country, I don't want to be called up because I would feel like I'm leaving my community and duty as an officer.  But that's probably just me.



That might be true where you live, however, it's not the case elsewhere. The Sheriff's Office where I work at sponsors a Criminal Justice program at a community college and they have hired former and current students from there like myself. As long as the candidates have clean records, doing well academically, are competent and capable of doing their duties and are able to pass all the testing phases, they have a good of chances as anyone that are not attending college. They even have a tuition reimbursement program as well for those still attending college for their degree.


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trace1 - iam unsure about the military because iam not familier with it basicaly i dont have a striaght forward answer to that.


IowaNinersFan - infact i have applied at the county jail recently, to me they made it seem that it would be impossible for an 18yr to do their job (but filled out and application anyways), i have never been one to b pushed around and was very athletic in high school with a strong background in wrestling so its not like im just a push over, becasue some people would not b fit mentaly to work with some of the yahoos in the jail, or in law enforcement field and i think that is what they were trying to hint at. Also since iam still attending college im pretty much stuck to my local P.D., when i get out of college in the next couple years i will apply all over beccasue i want this job, but i would really like to stya in Iowa but if i have to go out of state to get the job i want i will ! :)


Casscocop - After talkin with many law enforcement officers their main advice for me is what you just said, iam very proud to say that my past and record is clean ! , and its going to stay that way!


- thanks for helping me out everyone i tried to answer each of your questions as best i can ! thanks again !



Taknudown - Not all County Jails have that mentality like you said. At my work, they hired several 18 year olds in the last hiring phase. In fact, one guy I know had just graduated from high school last June and he got hired on with the S.O. in September so don't let that discourage you from applying. You don't want to limit your options before even trying.  Besides, you still have a few years before turning 21 so what do you have to lose in trying right?


Just because you have the brawn and are physically fit for the job does not mean you will succeed in LE. It takes a combination of both the physical and mental side to succeed in this field and in life overall.


 


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My problem with reserves is that as much as I love our country, I don't want to be called up because I would feel like I'm leaving my community and duty as an officer.  But that's probably just me.



No disrespect intended, but how are you going to act when called up to protect your community if you have reservations about being called up to protect your nation?


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One thing you could do if your interested is begin taking college courses at a community college, to familiarize yourself with law enforcement. part or full time jobs in the security fields would be a plus. if you have credit, keep it clean and apply everywhere some dept's have internships or other programs for aspiring officers. look around where you live and explore possible areas of employment or schooling that pertain to law enforcement.  Many Federal Agencys havre programs also, you could look them up online and inquire what they might have available. stay safe, Beau


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i will keep all these in mind, and thanks for helping me out. I also didnt mean to offend anyone by my unsurency about the military, no dis respect to those who have been active or are active in the military. 


Trace1 i do know law enforcement and iam not going to have a long discussion on how well i know law enforcement, i might not have been active in the line of force yet, or a vetran of 30 yrs, but i know enough to know that this is what i want to do when i get there soon. ( no disrespect intended )


IowaNinersFan that is very true, i have nothing to loose in trying and i believe in you fail many of times to get what you want, but that one time you dont fail is what is going to pay off, thanks for the advice !


Beu613 Iam starting my criminal justice classes in the fall at my community college which the local PD sponsors. I will also look on the web for some positions available at the federal agencys thanks for the help !


sorry that i reply to everyone in one post, it is just easier for me to do it that way ! stay safe !

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i will keep all these in mind, and thanks for helping me out. I also didnt mean to offend anyone by my unsurency about the military, no dis respect to those who have been active or are active in the military. 


Trace1 i do know law enforcement and iam not going to have a long discussion on how well i know law enforcement, i might not have been active in the line of force yet, or a vetran of 30 yrs, but i know enough to know that this is what i want to do when i get there soon. ( no disrespect intended )



Very well then and no disrespect taken.


It is good to know what you want to do and I wish you the best of luck, but just don't throw out the military as an option for you to reach your goal.


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I, too, am only an 18 year old college student, so take this advice with a grain of salt:


I would also say police explorers and just generally getting involved with the community. Volunteer and stuff, just to let them know that you're an all-round good person. It doesn't hurt making friends with local police officers, if at all possible. Do ride-along's with your local PD or SO if they offer it (some highway patrols offer this as well), you can get a good look at police work and possibly develop a professional relationship with some of the officers. You could possibly use them as a reference when you're ready to apply somewhere; plus, I'm sure putting that you are actively involved with your local PD or SO certainly won't hurt your resume. I do ride-along's with my mom's department all of the time, and know some of the officers quite well. I've even went to social occasions like BBQs and other parties like that with them. (Of course, they work with my mom so I'm sure they treat me a little different than your average rider, but still, I'm sure you can benefit from getting to know some of them.)


Having family in the biz is a huge plus, if you are fortunate enough to have any.


I'm personally counting on four LEOs in my family, not including a Border Patrol Agent and my mom who isn't an LEO but works at a local PD, to hook me up with a job once I graduate college. Unfortunately, not many people have this luxury.


Whatever you decide, good luck!

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Most of the jails I have talked to don't like hiring college kids  because of class times, homework, etc.


My problem with reserves is that as much as I love our country, I don't want to be called up because I would feel like I'm leaving my community and duty as an officer.  But that's probably just me.



That might be true where you live, however, it's not the case elsewhere. The Sheriff's Office where I work at sponsors a Criminal Justice program at a community college and they have hired former and current students from there like myself. As long as the candidates have clean records, doing well academically, are competent and capable of doing their duties and are able to pass all the testing phases, they have a good of chances as anyone that are not attending college. They even have a tuition reimbursement program as well for those still attending college for their degree.


 


Wow that's awesome, I wish Chicago wasn't so gay.



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When I was 18 years old, I applied as a civilian at the Sheriff's Office which has helped tremendously in my career. The higher ups were able to get to know me and my work ethic and maturity.


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My problem with reserves is that as much as I love our country, I don't want to be called up because I would feel like I'm leaving my community and duty as an officer.  But that's probably just me.



No disrespect intended, but how are you going to act when called up to protect your community if you have reservations about being called up to protect your nation?



While I respect both you and shock, what I'm trying to point out is that if for some reason there is a big problem, and alot of officers are reservists, there's the potential to lose a huge force protecting our communities.  If we're all called up to fight overseas, who's left to fight in our communities?  One third of what there used to be.


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I find these "how do I become a cop" and "what do I need to do to become a cop" discussions very interesting. And most of the time I end up shaking my head at things that are said.


Ok...here is my take....


 


First and foremost, while I think that there is a certain "street credit" that comes with doing military service becore you become a cop, especially if you have deployed in a boots on the ground capacity and have been in the high stress environment of close combat, there are many outstanding cops who have never in their life worn a pair of dogtags.  I absolutely do not think that someone NEEDS to have been military prior to becomming a cop. Now Im coming from a Soldier mindset and background where PT every morning, 15 mile ruck marches, small arms and crew served weapons ranges, record PT tests at least twice a year and dignostics every other month, hand to hand combat training, and 15 month combat deployments were the norm.  So definatley I think a life of that for several years not only gives you certain tools for the tool box going into a life of law enforcement because all of that has a way of reshaping the mind from the civilian "me me me" and the "i have been given all i ask for" mindset to the "team" and "i refuse to fail in my mission" mindset that just never goes away.  Years after someone leaves the military, they take that mindset with them.


Now...having said that, less than 1% of the American population does military service. Most people are not cut out for military service, have no desire to sacrifice for the security of the nation and the free world.  Its just not for everyone.  Many people also medically cannot do military service.


Ok now if someone DOES NOT want to do 2-4 years of military service and want to become cops, Id say get your 60 college credit hours, get a job as a dispatcher, a jailer, a detention officer, a public service officer working directly for a police department or county LE office (sheriff or constable),  or get your EMT- B/I/P certifications and work as a paramedic.


 

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Shock, now that I think about it every officer I've ever talked to is in the reserves.

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My problem with reserves is that as much as I love our country, I don't want to be called up because I would feel like I'm leaving my community and duty as an officer.  But that's probably just me.



No disrespect intended, but how are you going to act when called up to protect your community if you have reservations about being called up to protect your nation?



While I respect both you and shock, what I'm trying to point out is that if for some reason there is a big problem, and alot of officers are reservists, there's the potential to lose a huge force protecting our communities.  If we're all called up to fight overseas, who's left to fight in our communities?  One third of what there used to be.



 


Dont worry, theres 299 million people in America who dont serve or have already served, there will be people ready to step up to plate as LEOs......Once you get old enough to become a LEO and start testing, look around, there will be no shortage of people applying.


Thats a ridcoulous asumption....Once again, American Security comes first. Police Officers wont be able to do anything if our borders get over run....only military could stop that or keep it contained


Wonder why most of the LEOs are reservists? Hmmmm



20 million illegal aliens in the USA and you don't think our borders haven't already been overrun.  It's not what you can do, its what you are permitted to do.

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Hey, I'm 19 and just got a job with my local sheriff's office as a dispatcher. Before that, I was doing armed security from when I had just turned 18, and worked in an arcade before that. The military was actually my first choice, but do to certain issues it doesn't look likely to happen. But from my limited experience, let me give you this. Just remember that I am 19, so take it with a grain of salt!


As far as the military goes, first consider which family members are telling you don't go. Consider what their expectations were before joining, and what the got after enlisting/going officer. The military has more jobs than you could possibly immagine, and Military Police isn't the only one that will look good on a resume to a police department. I'd say to do some research of your own online then talk to a recruiter. Don't feel pressured to join from the first conversation, and if you feel that they are trying to force you into a quick signature and a bus trip, take a card and leave. There are some bad recruiters out there, but alot of the guys I have met are pretty good. Get some info from them and, if you already haven't, take the asvab and see what jobs you can get in the service. But most importantly, research and get some questions ready for the recruiter, and don't let them off the hook until you get your questions answered! I have many friends in the service in all the branches. Some love it, some can't wait to get out. But at least get some perspective before dropping it.


As far as security, I don't know your state laws regarding age and licensing, but I will tell you this, IT IS NOT A FUN JOB. In most cases, I would not recommend it at all, as many law enforcement agencies see security as a joke. But it does give you experience in working with the public and, in my case, some radio and communications experience as well. If you do go this route, try to get a job where you get to patrol rather than just sit in a booth. This will spare you many hours of tedious boredom, and look better on a resume.


And, consider like these other guys have stated, getting a low level job within a police agency. Though it may not be fun or be as cool as being an officer, there is nothing like getting your foot in the door and getting a reputation with people within an agency. If you have some typing and people skills, go for dispatch/communications. It teaches you communications protocols, signals and ten-codes, and lets you see a day in the office for police and the rest of the agency.


If you're going to college/want to go to college, the military has tons of programs for education while serving. Just try to look at a job that will not make it impossible to take classes while in, or consider doing 4 years active and getting a GI bill, especially if you can get a military police job. But college will be an important factor in not just getting hired, but getting promoted after hiring. And let me tell you now as a person who is working full time and trying to get his degree, it isn't easy at all. But if you stay local, get some classes in at the local community college and score an AA, which you can then use towards getting a Bachelors or higher later.


Just realise that you have a lot of options on the table. I'm still discovering now how many there are!

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I was just going to say thank you to everyone who put there two cents in on my topic. Im 19 now and i recently found a job at my local jail as a corrections officer to get my foot in the door, and hopefully when the time comes go to the scheriffs dpt. I really enjoy working in this field and everything is going good ! Good luck to all and stay safe

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I was just going to say thank you to everyone who put there two cents in on my topic. Im 19 now and i recently found a job at my local jail as a corrections officer to get my foot in the door, and hopefully when the time comes go to the scheriffs dpt. I really enjoy working in this field and everything is going good ! Good luck to all and stay safe



Congrats and good luck on your career. Like I've said before, working in a jail is not the most glamorous or most desired position in the LE field but not everyone gets to be an instant LEO when they enter this line of work. Now that you have your foot in the door, you can work on gaining experience, establish repores with the LEOs that work there and come through the doors, get to know all the "players" (inmates lol) that are there, when they leave and come back, their behaviors, etc.....while you apply for LEO positions in the future. Stay safe and watch your 6.


 


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im 17 currently working on administrative of justice degree in a community college


what are some other options after college besides the military

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im 17 currently working on administrative of justice degree in a community college


what are some other options after college besides the military



As someone advised earlier, you could become a Dispatcher, volunteer at a PD or SO, or maybe find another civilian job.


Also, when you get close to finishing with your degree, does it require you to take an internship? For mine it does, and it'll probably be a good idea to intern at a department you want to join.


Good luck and don't get discouraged!

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