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Thinking about or just started a new career in the K9 unit? Discuss what has been most succesful for you, and give us new guys some important tips.

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I am confused regarding your comments. I am curious if you are currently a police officer and if so how much time on the job. My friends in K-9 paid their dues for many years prior to joining the unit.

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Bump to UncleD.


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Sorry for the confusion UncleD and Doc. I just graduated Police academy last week and i am not currently employed at an agency. My dad has trained police service dogs for many years now and i am looking into gettin in K9 work with an agency. I have been dealing with k9's for many years as well. I will be getting my k9 handlers certification in a few weeks and have a great multi purpose dog as well. What would be the proper steps for me to take to get on an agency?

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Not trying to rain on your parade but you are getting way ahead of yourself. Concentrate on landing a police position and being a good cop. You may be looking at years before even being considered for a K-9 position. I do wish you well. After reading your forum one may think you are currently a police officer.


 

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1st of all, welcome to PL.


It appears you've fallen prey to the same misconception that has plagued numerous other gung-ho candidates as well. K-9 officer, SWAT operators, detectives, etc., are NOT entry level positions. You don't get hired fresh off the street and immediately get posted to one of these elite or advanced units.


Everybody, and yes, this means EVERYBODY, gets hired as a street cop first. After you've learned how to be cop, put in your time, and proven yourself worthy of consideration, only then are you qualified to apply for a position. And if you're thinking "Crap, that could take years!", you're right. For one, positions on K-9 units or SWAT teams generally only become available upon a retirement or transfer of an existing member. Consider 5-10 years as a good rule of thumb...


Enthusiasm can be a beneficial attribute, as long as its focused appropriately. Best of luck in your future endeavors....

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Thank you UncleD,


Right now i just want to focus on being the best LEO i can be. I am perfectly fine with waiting. you are not "raining on my parade" you are jst giving me advise wich is great. i appreciate your time


 Good Luck and Godspeed