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"Best" State to become a cop?

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I had a quick question for everyone. Is anyone aware of states that generally have a lower applicant pool per job? For example, the agency I was a Cadet with in California had 2,000 people apply to a single position. While I'm all for the best qualified person getting the job, that still leaves a lot of people looked over and jobless. 


Is the best bet to apply to more rural states (Nebraska, Iowa, etc), or just larger agencies with more vacancies?


Just to clarify, I am looking for opinions on the matter. I realize there won't be that much information out there on the subject unless you talk to individual agencies. 


 


Thanks. 

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jobs with police department depends on state of economy, your smaller rural departments might have fewer applicants than larger urban cities !!! cant really say that one state would be better than another to apply in

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To broad a question. Join the military.

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Both my above friends have answered said question pretty substantually.I would most definately consider a stint in the service prior to a leo careerAnd yes,the economy will dictate your chance of getting hired anywhere and everywhere.As far as rural states are considered (Nebraska),I did my first twenty five years as a leo in The the tiny burg of Omaha(greater Omaha some 685,000).


 

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I don't think there is a "best" state. Each state is different and has it's pluses and minuses. Obviously, your urban areas with larger departments are going to have more applicants than your rural areas. No matter where you apply you are going to have to compete with several people for the job. That is why law enforcement is the hardest profession to get into.


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The "best" state to become a cop? The one that will hire you of course! Especially in this economy. Good luck!


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I'm currently in the Army National Guard as a Medic while pursing a degree in Forensic Psychology. I figured I'd get experience as a first responder (and get my EMT-B), be in the military, and apply with a bachelors in something other than CJ. 


Yea, I was just checking what areas might have fewer applicants. 2,000 seemed to be quite a few for me. I was hired as a Cadet in California and competed against 400, which seemed more reasonable. 

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I am not an Cop, but here is my opinion ->  I would look for a place that you think you might enjoy living.  Do you want to live in the West? MidWest? North?  South?  East?  I would narrow it down to location.  Then pick a few States.  There are so many different Agencies in any given State, so really.. this is a tough question to answer.  Do you want to live in a large City?  Small Town?  


See what I mean?  


I don't think you should consider how many applicants apply for a job.  Just my two cents.


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That's the problem, I have no preference. I've lived in Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, and California.  I like both big and small cities, and have no geographic preference. I would like somewhere such as Montana, but I've heard that it's very tough to get hired after the whole T.V. show, and their pay isn't great (Although it never is "great", It seems that it's tough to survive on it from what I hear). 


Thanks for the advice, though! Much appreciated. 

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Well, good luck to you.. but in my opinion, you should like where you live.  You can't just look at the amount of applicants because everybody and their brother is trying to get a job in any career field, it doesn't mean they are qualified.  Also, you can't really say, "I'm going to look for a place where there are no more than 400 applicants", or whatever.  Less than 400 applicants could mean the place is a crappy place to work, or simply a smaller town/city than where you might want to live.  Another.... see what I mean?


There has to be something that is geographically interesting to you, I would think.  Closer to family?  Hot weather, cool weather? Etc....


Best wishes!


 


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Oh, I didn't mean I wouldn't apply to anywhere with less than 400 applicants. I just meant 2,000 seemed to be a little much. It'd be a bit too optimistic to assume all except for me are qualified and a good fit when there is that many people applying. 


Actually, it's probably best to be further from family. With the exception of my parents, my family has a tendency to be "partiers".  Meaning not exactly law abiding (nothing serious, but definitely makes them distrusting of cops. They smoke weed and such).  Heh, I figured you'd ask about weather. Don't have a preference on that either..That's the problem. I'm not picky enough!

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Apply where the 2000 applicants are and see how you place, who knows you could be the magic one.


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That's the problem, I have no preference. I've lived in Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, and California.  I like both big and small cities, and have no geographic preference. I would like somewhere such as Montana, but I've heard that it's very tough to get hired after the whole T.V. show, and their pay isn't great (Although it never is "great", It seems that it's tough to survive on it from what I hear). 


Thanks for the advice, though! Much appreciated. 



I don't know what you mean about the whole TV show thing in Montana. I was going to suggest Montana, as there  much fewer applicants per job. You still have to bring something to the table. Do something to make your resume stand out. College, military, corrections, reserves, good references, work history...... Also, don't get caught up with the pay thing. It is much cheaper to live in Montana than it is in California. I make decent money for the city I live in. We're not rich by any means, but we do fine. My wife is a stay at home mom to our two sons, and we make it just fine.

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Nat Geo did a special show about Montana law enforcement. It was only a couple of episodes, but apparently it attracted candidates similar to what Alaska State Troopers did. That's definitely good to know though. Lucky for me, with the exception of correctional experience, I have all of those. 

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Bump shultzy and bump uncledennis. Wherever you decide to go, like these gentleman said, it would be a good idea to do something which makes your resume stand out. Good Luck!!

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Wow, guess I missed your last post. So you have military, college, reserve and work experience? Those together with good references, a clean past and a great interview should give you a fighting chance just about anywhere. I'd apply and see how you do.

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Whoops! Guess I read that slightly wrong. I was thinking "reserve" experience as military reserves, not law enforcement.  My old agency where I was a Cadet had our reserves do the exact same as Cadets. The only "real" difference was that they had police arrest powers and we had civilian ones. We'd go on the same types of calls, though. If a situation became dangerous, we were able to defend ourselves with patrol shotguns. We still assisted on detaining suspects and such. 


I'm still regretting leaving that agency. Cadets were promoted to Police Officers once they turned 21 (I left at 19, after 1 year to pursue a degree). 


 

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I applied for a County in Washington which starts at 60k and at 5 years is at 90k.


My bud who works in Oregon started at 50 and is at 65 after 1 year... i dunno man Cali is nice too.