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I became a member of PL at the start of April and I have been enjoying reading everyone's post and the messages of my new friends here on PL. I hope to become friends with many more police officers and civilians on here and would love to share my road to becoming a police officer. I am starting school again at the age of 34, as some know, I am married, have a 10 month old daughter and work 9-5 with a traffic attorney. My journey will begin this summer once I start my classes in Criminal Justice. I know every State works different but here in Florida, you are required to pass a swim, agility, and written test. I am signing up to take all 3 tests this summer so I can start applying to all local police departments. I'll be working on my major while hopefully being a police officer (if I could get employed by a department).


I have to admit, I am a bit worried but excited of these next steps in my life. All I ever wanted to be was a police officer. To keep our streets safe, keep our residents safe from any drug dealers, robberies, and even life threatning situations. I would love to be a part of an elite unit, something like anti-crime, narcotics, gang or even try SWAT. I know that these next few months, hopefully not years, will be tough. I don't mind rejections; however, being rejected in the field I truly enjoy reading and watching on t.v. would be devastating in a way. if you know what I mean, it's tough when someone saids "you are not good enough, not big or strong enough" or "you don't fit in this department". I hope that is never the case and I could have the opportunity to pour my heart and soul in this field.


I am the type of person who gives his all in life, to my family, my wife and beautiful daughter! I know the process to become a police officer is not an easy task but once in that uniform, I know for a fact, it will be a rewarding one! I know some of you are reading this, and I apologize for the rant, but...I would like for some of you to chime in and give me your experience to help me understand more. Maybe I have missed a step or two, probably I have been thinking too much about how this whole process works. I just wish I knew a police officer who just went through all of this recently and could help me understand it better. All I want to be is the best police officer my County has ever had, I might sound corny, but I pour my heart into everything I do! It's who I am, it's what I am about. Thanks in advance to those who could probably make me feel at ease and positive through out all of this, stay safe out there!!!


Gil

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Greetings Gil,
Congratulations on your choice. LE and Military carry the highest divorce rate ever, except for that of discovered international playboy. Seriously though the first part is true and I'm a victim of that. Have you spoke at great length with your wife about this and has she spoke with wives and or ex-wives of Police Officers? It sounds dumb, but it is achievable and she will need to understand the initial committment it takes as a supportive spouse and then giving up a normal schedule of life's daily events and activities.

I'm just passing along things that my father, a retired LEO passed on to me, my parents were divorced when I was a teen. I understand there are many other things that are unique to couples and their marriages succeeding and failing. but this line of work is tougher than most. Just my 2 cents worth and I'm happy that your family stands behind you and this is what you have wanted to do all your life. Since you "give all", be careful how much you give to one over the others because the others may faulter. When you split up 100% into halves and quarters and beyond it leaves very liitle left and before you know it you have run out of time and energy to give. When you get there, always remember why you became a cop because if you don't it will make you cynical and sarcastic about people, the job, yourself and loved ones.

I wish you all the best and all the blessings in your pursuit, but make sure you do your research and keep us apprised of your progress because we are always happy to hear success stories...

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My wife is totally behind me, she is the reason I am trying to become a police officer. She and I are a great team, I love my wife and daughter, nothing can come between us, as much as I want to be a police officer, I know that they are very important in my life. Thanks for your input but you got into the "divorce" area which I don't need to hear..LOL My wife and I were raised with our families having crazy work hours, so we are used to the huslte and bustle. I really just wanted to hear some advice or experience that people had while starting their journey within the police field. Please, no more "divorce" talk...LOL

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Good luck and GODSPEED.


As a ps, I  have been  married to the love of my life for  35 years. It can work.


""Life is a storm.. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes"
Alexander Dumas-The Count of Monte Christo

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Gil,


Just keep in mind as a LEO, you will truly learn the meaning of not having a "normal schedule." As a rookie, you will have the worse shift possible and no weekends off for quite awhile depending on the agency size. You'll more than likely have to work nights, holidays, miss family outings, etc..... If you and your wife can handle that, then good luck to you! 


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GilH2077 says ...

My wife is totally behind me, she is the reason I am trying to become a police officer. She and I are a great team, I love my wife and daughter, nothing can come between us, as much as I want to be a police officer, I know that they are very important in my life. Thanks for your input but you got into the "divorce" area which I don't need to hear..LOL My wife and I were raised with our families having crazy work hours, so we are used to the huslte and bustle. I really just wanted to hear some advice or experience that people had while starting their journey within the police field. Please, no more "divorce" talk...LOL

Sorry brotha understood. Just the cruel facts is all and I don't wish those on anyone. Yes it does work and you can make it work. Be safe...

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While you may not want to hear about divorce, it is something you shouldn't ignore. We aren't questioning your devotion to your wife, but law enforcement puts stresses on the family that you can't imagine. We just want you to know the risks and be prepared for them.


Never give up. The job market is so competitive. I can tell you have already set your mind to becoming a police officer, now just keep that focus, no matter what. No matter how many times you fail, you must have that mindset that you WILL be a police officer. I applied several several times to numerous departments. Most of the time I didn't get past the 2nd step. I kept telling myself that God must have something better in store for me. He did. I don't know if you believe in the man upstairs but that's beside the point. The point is, never let your head down, never give up, and convince yourself that you WILL succeed.. and you will do just that. Good luck


I'm married to the LORD..no prenup

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SGT405: 35 years, wow!!! Congrats!!! My wife and I have a special bond, just like how you and your wife certainly have, it's a beautiful thing!!!



IowaNinersFan:  That's one thing my wife and I spoke about regarding me having a crazy schedule but, we know how to work around that. I know it's tough but when two people really know how to care for each other, anything and everything is possible. We really don't go out much since we live far from our friends and family, plus my daughter keeps us both very busy..LOL...Thanks again for your kind words!


csiguy: no biggie my friend, i know that this field has a certain percentage of divorce rates but, like I said, my wife is one in a million that understands how the field of law enforcement works, she has her fire/paramedic degree and is aware of all the consequences and danger the field brings to the table, just need to be safe and alert at all times! Either way, thanks for your words and concern! Be safe

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Romans_116:  I would never ignore a topic or someone's opinion, I know it's tough, but families have to understand the field that we are in or venturing into. It's very stressful but I am ready for all challenges! And yes, I do believe in God, he is the reason why I am still walking this earth, the reason for being a great man, son, husband and father! He has been guiding me through all these steps along with my wife. I will never give up, I will continue my journey until a department hires me. Be safe!

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Welcome and good luck! Looks like you and I are on similar roads!


"It's never too late to become what you might have been"
- George Eliot