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Jdbelt_front_max50

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Hi All,


I'm 41, I have been married for 20 years and have a grown daughter who will be starting her sophomore year in college this fall. I have worked for the same company since just after high school really. I entered as an apprentice machinist and stayed until the company went under and I was forced to a retail job.


What can I tell you? Early on, when our daughter was little, I worked two jobs so my wife could go to school and become a teacher which she later became and now has been for some 10 years. I have practiced Chinese martial arts for the last three years. I am a certified open water diver but have not actually practiced in years. I have done IT work (hardware, software, networking, etc) in the field and and out of my home for years as a sort of side business but it never really took off. Lots of work but nothing steady. I worked as a volunteer for a community radio station for several years as both the IT guy and a DJ. I don't drink or smoke at all and I am a pretty dang good shot with my 1911.


I have no college degree and absolutely no LEO experience but that is exactly what I am about to try. I take the NH Police entrance exam next month. I have also upped my strength training and cardio in the last few weeks in preparation. I think I have a good shot at passing the PE test if I ever get that far.


The only thing that really worries me is the 80's. If you are under 30 or so you should probably ask someone who is over 30 what that was like.  I'm not gonna sugar coat it or make lame excuses. It was wild but I was young. As in high school young. I can't imagine a department would hold that against me but I am finding out that some may. As soon as my then girlfriend (now wife) got pregnant that was the end of that. Since then, some 20 years now, I have been the squarest dude I know. I don't have so much as a parking ticket, ever, since I turned 18. Before then, different story. Nothing serious mind you but we partied a lot and got into our share of open container tickets and Grateful Dead concerts.


I would be a great LEO and could get a stack of written references from community leaders and business owners thick enough to gag a dino if I though it would help. I have lived and worked in and around these small towns so long I know a lot of people. I have always wanted a real career that was secure and actually was something besides a paycheck but was too busy taking care of everyone else and doing what needed to be done. Now it's my turn to try and try I shall.


So that's it pretty much. Thanks for having me. I have already learned a thing or two.


Questions? Comments??


 

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Jim?, welcome to PL from the midwest.  You didn't say a lot what you did in the 80's but if you did drugs (from my experience with Grateful Dead concerts) you might go to the Lobby and about the 4th thread down is on prior drug use and becoming a LEO. 

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Welcome to Police Link from Philly


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Welcome to PL and good luck.

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Welcome from a native New Englander currently stranded in Florida. Good luck on the exam !! My best advice is to be totally honest and up front on all questions; even if you don't get hired, the honesty will be appreciated !!

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Welcome to PL from Ohio

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Welcome to Police Link, and hello from Ohio!!


A lot of us did stupid stuff when we were in our teens (for some of us, that was longer ago than for others - lol). If you get to the point of an interview, be honest and upfront. A lot of minor infractions (open containers, etc) are easily dealt with. Other things ("Grateful Dead Concerts" and it's implications) are dependant on the severity. What is the cut-off age for hiring in your area?


Best wishes in your endeavors!!


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Welcome to PL from another Ohioan.  Best of luck to you.

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Hi All,


Thanks for the welcome.


I'm not sure there IS a cutoff in NH although there could be an unspoken one I suppose. The academy lists physical requirements right up to retirement age.


The local PD didn't seem to care how old I was and actually encouraged me to apply citing "life experience" and lifelong residency as two big points in my favor. Actually another officer I talked to said he would rather have a top 10 percentile entrance score candidate with no degree who was a resident than the same candidate with a degree from out of State.


I'm not kidding myself though. I know it's an incredible long shot and I know how competitive the process is but I am also old enough to know that you never know how things work out. I have seen dead locked, sure fire things go right out the window and unbelieveable long shots pull through out of nowhere.


I will be honest and let the chips fall where they may. Seems rather a pity to disqualify a potentialy good candidate over things that happened before they were even adults especally when that persons is decades removed (a lifetime really) but I suppose it is what it is. If it truly is my calling then someone will answer regardless.

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welcome from the white mtns young bro, good luck on exam.  I guess all i can offer is how bad do you really want this lifestyle? How much do you really want to  go out there and do what most of do or have done? fear, danger, boredom, nights, weekends, holidays, funerals, and the scum of the earth do deal with? oh yeah, once in a while someone will actually say thank you officer.

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Welcome tp PL from CA (originally from Maine). I wish you the best on the exam and your career pursuit.

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 Welcome to PL from PA.   If this is what you want give  it all you got.   


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 Welcome from Southeastern Pennsylvania. Just before I retired, I hired an officer for his first police job........at age 40. Best decision I ever made. He had the maturity and common sense to do the job well, and wasn't afraid to ask a question for fear of looking "dumb". Be honerst about any skeltons in your closet; honesty is respected and it is better that they know up front rather than have it rear its ugly head during a background check

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Thanks All,


I really appreciate the candor and the support.


It is what I want and I am sure this is the right move for me. For the first time in my life I feel like I know what I am supposed to do. I think if I can just buy a little more time I can pull of the PE phase (if I make it that far). Running and pushups I'm fine but benchpress and unassisted sit ups need work. I am getting some help from some guys I know who are lifelong trainers so I think I will be OK.


Again I know it's a long shot but I'll let you know how phase one goes in a week or so.

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I say go for it. You are at a good age to enter law enforcement. Be honest. Down play your shooting ability. This scares us when we screen applicants.

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Oh I will don't worry. I can't see that EVER coming up in casual conversation during a board interview.


Just had my first PE and even though I failed all the guys (and candidates) were really good sports about it. The first instructor I saw looked at my ID and said "Niiiice...life experience. I like that. You got guts man".

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Welcome to PL from NC.. I wish you lots of luck in your future pursuits or a rewarding career.


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