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Posted over 2 years ago

 

I am currently a security officer in Columbus, Ohio and its ok but I want to become a PO with the Columbus Division of Police. The thing is that I missed the last test which was a couple weeks ago and it lasts for 2 years, so I would like to work for another department until I can apply again so I can get some street time. The thing is I wonder if I should pay to get my OPOTA cert on my own or if I should go somewhere like the highway patrol. I'm very torn because I come from a family of LEOs and the highway patrol is not considered the same way the public is to them. 


Thanks for your help in advance. 


And if you are a Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper I would really love to hear from you.

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Rate This | Posted over 2 years ago

 

Gotta tell you, I am not sure if things are different in Ohio than in Wisconsin, but jobs are scarce and highly competitve for each opening that happens regardless of what type of agency you want to work for. I self sponsored myself through an academy and I am doing what ever I can to get a foot in the door. At this point it's where I can get experience so that I can go after the specific agency I truly want to represent. Good luck in your job search and I hope that others will be able to offer you sound advice as to how make your decision.

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Rate This | Posted over 2 years ago

 

oh...and welcome to PL.

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

I"m sure if you sponsor  yourself, it will make you a more valuable candidate....

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Picking up the dime on your academy is no assurance you will find employment. Sorry to be so bold.

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Most small departments cannot afford the down time to send you through a police academy class, so if you continue working and pay to go through the academy, your chances are increased a lot of getting hired.  Some people focus on a single department to work at and this is where they make a big mistake.  A big department will look at you a lot closer if you have some experience under your belt.  Some departments offer latteral transfers, which even make it faster to get hired.


Don't discount becoming a reserve police officer with a department that has a Reserve program.  This too can help you get hired by another department, and some will even sponser you for a police academy at no cost to you.  This is how I went through the police academy was as a reserve officer, and it was a full certified academy and didn't cost me anything.  When I finished the academy, I got immediately hired full time.


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