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Spencerreid_max50

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Posted about 5 years ago

 

Hello,

I am a 'almost' 20 year old female. I am 4'8 and small boned. I have wanted to be a police officer or border patrol or SOMETHING since I can remember. I have always been small, and I, recently, have been told that this will inhibit my ability to get a job at a police department, even though the height requirement policy is obsolete. I have toyed with the idea of working as patrol until I can become a detective, ect.

However, I don't want to spend 6 months to a year in police academy and be unable to find employment in that field.

Be honest, please. I just want to know. If this will, is there any other way to work closely with cases, ect. without being a cop? Possibly in office, or just in connection with police departments? I want to help catch criminals, and help people who have been victimized.


                                                                                                          Thank You,


                                                                                                                       Julie

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

4'08" IS pretty small. In a field that physical size itself can be a deterrant to aggressive behavior, you have a distinct disadvantage. Having said that, I have always thought that heart is far more important then size. You know what your short comings are, if you truly feel the calling, then fight for it. Contact your local departments and ask them. Bear in mind the risks and dangers associated with your size, and if a related field is as intriguing, then that would be appropriate as well.


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White_shirt_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

There are no height requirements any longer. You may have to pass a physical agility test to include a strength test. Ask the agency you are interested in for a list of requirements.

Silver_warrior_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I don't think it is my place to tell you what you can or can not do. . . .with that said though as has been said already you have to understand that size can be a blessing and/or curse.  On the other end of the scale a large person can have an intimidation effect on people to a point.  I'm just under 6 feet tall and have yet to really experience it but some officers that are taller say that due to their height, some idiots feel the need to "prove" themselves by taking the officer on something that you may be able to avoid by "talking" you way through the situation. If, for what ever reason though, you decide to go for an ancillary position there is Dispatch and Laboratory Scientist that are almost as directly involved as the officer on the street as well as other support groups that are hired in the different departments


Dispatchers obviously work hand in hand with the officers and as far as I'm concerned my life line for when EVERYTHING goes sideways, I quietly and calmly yell HEEEELLLLLPPPP over the radio.  My hope at that point is that a dispatcher heard it and is currently directing other officers to assist me.


Laboratory Scientist have to have ceritifications from some sort of college work (usually), assist officers by making our cases for us with latent print match ups, ballistics, blood work, analytical chemistry, DNA, etc..  These are just some of the things that our lab. scientists work on and assist us with.  The Michigan State Police have 8 labs throughout the state and while some troopers work into lab positiions such as ballistics and or latent prints, anything else dealing with some sort of chemistry or further specialized knowledge are done by scientist that are employed by the State Police.


Another possibility for you could be a federal job.  The FBI and Secret Service among others are always looking for college graduates that may/may not need to go hands on with the bad guys but do need CPA or other specialized training to "follow the money" among other white collar crime specialties.


In the end, your physical size should not deter you from going after what you want.  It is good for you to know how big the hill you will have to climb if you have your sights on a particular position.  With that said, if you want to be a part of "getting the bad guys" but don't really have a very specific goal in mind, I think you will find other outlets for the talents that you have to offer.  Only you know what talents those are and you need to be able to communicate these to a prospective employer when and if the time comes.


Steve


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Spencerreid_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Thank you, everyone, for the honesty.

I do want to help people, but if my size will get in the way, and possibly get people hurt I don't want to risk that. I will look into every one of the fields that have been suggested. Again, I appreciate the candor, and for all Police Officers, Federal Agents, and any other law enforcement official that puts their life on the line, I truly respect that. I would love to be 5'8 instead of 4'8 and know that my size isn't a deterrent, but if it will get people hurt, or even POSSIBLY do so, I'd prefer to help in the lab or from an office viewpoint.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Good  Luck  to you.

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Juile.... I couln't resist not adding to this topic. I am a 20 year old female who is only 4'7 in height and I am here to let you know that I have worked very hardto get where I am in law enforcement. I currently work at a police department where everyone respects me and the person I am. Nobody has ever shown negativitly towards my height in any way. I am currently enrolled in a Police academy and am truly ready to go. I have't had a problem on the street in a uniform with my height however I am sure that one day somebody will wan't to test my physical ability and I will be ready simply because my desire to become a patrol officer is so strong. I love it and I will fight for it. So my advice to you is if your passion is to become police officer do it. Don't let anybody tell you any differen't. It will be hard but I believe that if your heart is in patrol than go with it.


 


However if not than federal might be your better option. But this is your life and I wanted to let you know that even though civilians might not realize that cops are born in all heights and different characteristics, they are and there are a few small ones out there.


 

Spencerreid_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Wow! Thanks for your reply...Honestly, while I am thankful for all replies, this one really seals it. If you are an inch shorter then me and can do it, then I know I can...:) Thank you so much. I am slowly getting my confidence back and will probably apply to the academy in a year or so. Thanks everyone.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

We just hired a girl that is 4'11...shouldnt be a problem....

Spencerreid_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

That's awesome! I think that it's cool that rules have changed in favor of people like me who were blessed with being a bit unique.  I like being short, except when I was told that being short would stop me from fulfilling a dream. It's kind of like I'm getting my dream back, and that's an incredible feeling. (At the risk of sounding cheesy ) Thanks everyone!

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Although 4'8" is pretty small considering the profession your choosing.  Do NOT let that make you think twice.  To be fairly honest, you may have to work twice as hard as others, but you should do that either way.  Im 22 year old male, only 5'6 170 lbs, have always been very built for my height, but nonetheless, short.  I am almost 4 months into the police academy, I bust my ass, and I know i will get on a Dept.  Just keep a good attitude, work hard, and forget all the bullshit stigmas attached to certain jobs.  There are alot of good people on here, if you need help, ask.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

You'll have to be tougher and faster than most, not only physically but mentally.  I'm 5 ft 3 and the best weapon I carry with me is my ability to talk.  I'll fight if I have to but my ability to communicate with people, especially bad guys, and talk them into doing what I want without giving me a hard time is my strongest asset on the road.  That and a keen intuition for when a situation has the potential to go sideways has kept everyone safe for the 8 years I've been in patrol.  I've seen girls and boys bigger than me think they're tough and get themselves into trouble, and it's all to do with communication.


 


Good luck.


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