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Poll: Should I first work as an EMT-B, or make the move to a state that allows ages 18-20 to be police officers?

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 First off, I'd like to say hello to everyone here, and give thanks in advance to any and all responses.


 


I'll try to keep this relatively concise, but in short, I have been planning on going in to law enforcement since my senior year of high school- given, that wasn't all too long ago. I do not plan on attaining a degree in college for my own personal reasons; however, I am trying to decide whether it would be best for me to pursue a short-term career as an EMT-B, beginning the course in August of 2013, being done with it by January of 2014, and then going in to law enforcement once I hit 20 1/2 in December of 2014, OR, moving to a state in which you can enter the force at 18. I turned 18 last May. I have lived on my own since, working to pay for my horse, my dog, and my home, and I have been long-ready to begin my life. 


 


So that leads to this question: If I go the route of moving, which I am completely willing to do, what steps do I need to take in order to get hired and go in to BLET?


 


Not that it's relevant to this topic; but I'd like to go on ahead and share why I want to enter the force. Ultimately, my plan is to specialize in either the K9 Unit or Domestic Violence. Yes, I know, I won't start off at the top. I will have to, and willingly, work my time as a patrol officer. I have met some wonderful officers, and some not-so, though I won't let any experience negatively impact how I feel about the work that you folks do. I do not want to be an officer because I think it will be "cool" or because I saw a neat action shot in a movie. I want to be an officer for the well-being of the people in my community and in this country as a whole. When everyone else is running away from the problem, I want to be running towards it, in order to aid in every way possible. I want to be a part of keeping my community safe. I want to be there when someone needs help and they don't have anywhere else to turn, and I want to be there when someone needs to be taken care of when they've committed an offense against the law. As a child, I was abused. I was forced to grow up much faster than most people, and that has given me the hope, the will, the courage, and the heart to make something of myself, and to know what it's like for others in that situation. I want to be there to take action. I understand the implications of being an officer. I know that I may not wake up one morning, and that I may never have the opportunity to say goodbye to everyone I love. I know that there are some people in my life that I may very well have to sacrifice... but in my eyes, it's all worth it to do what y'all do.


 


I am a young woman ready to start her life.


 


Cheers,


Zoe

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 First off, I'd like to say hello to everyone here, and give thanks in advance to any and all responses.


 


I'll try to keep this relatively concise, but in short, I have been planning on going in to law enforcement since my senior year of high school- given, that wasn't all too long ago. I do not plan on attaining a degree in college for my own personal reasons; however, I am trying to decide whether it would be best for me to pursue a short-term career as an EMT-B, beginning the course in August of 2013, being done with it by January of 2014, and then going in to law enforcement once I hit 20 1/2 in December of 2014, OR, moving to a state in which you can enter the force at 18. I turned 18 last May. I have lived on my own since, working to pay for my horse, my dog, and my home, and I have been long-ready to begin my life. 


 


So that leads to this question: If I go the route of moving, which I am completely willing to do, what steps do I need to take in order to get hired and go in to BLET?


 


Not that it's relevant to this topic; but I'd like to go on ahead and share why I want to enter the force. Ultimately, my plan is to specialize in either the K9 Unit or Domestic Violence. Yes, I know, I won't start off at the top. I will have to, and willingly, work my time as a patrol officer. I have met some wonderful officers, and some not-so, though I won't let any experience negatively impact how I feel about the work that you folks do. I do not want to be an officer because I think it will be "cool" or because I saw a neat action shot in a movie. I want to be an officer for the well-being of the people in my community and in this country as a whole. When everyone else is running away from the problem, I want to be running towards it, in order to aid in every way possible. I want to be a part of keeping my community safe. I want to be there when someone needs help and they don't have anywhere else to turn, and I want to be there when someone needs to be taken care of when they've committed an offense against the law. As a child, I was abused. I was forced to grow up much faster than most people, and that has given me the hope, the will, the courage, and the heart to make something of myself, and to know what it's like for others in that situation. I want to be there to take action. I understand the implications of being an officer. I know that I may not wake up one morning, and that I may never have the opportunity to say goodbye to everyone I love. I know that there are some people in my life that I may very well have to sacrifice... but in my eyes, it's all worth it to do what y'all do.


 


I am a young woman ready to start her life.


 


Cheers,


Zoe



First of all, welcome to PL. Take some time to peruse the forums and glean from the advice offered in similar threads. These questions come up often and some very knowledgeable people have offered their time and experience in answering them. Some of those people are not as active on here for one reason or another, so a little time and research on your part will be required to access their knowledge.


Very quickly, I'd re-think the decision to forgo a degree. If LE does not work out for you, or something comes up that prevents you from continuing in this career (line of duty injury, etc.) a degree in something other than LE will be a lifesaver. I think you're going to find most departments/agencies are going to want some more life experience before offering employment, so expect to find something else to do for the next 6+ years. The military would be one option that looks very good on a resume.


Best of luck in your future endeavors...

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Zoe,  A belated welcome to PL from Ohio.  I would say that MH557 is correct in this.  Most agencies prefer to see the degree, life experience and the military is always a plus.  While I am sure that there are agencies somewhere that will hire 18 year olds, you won't see too many of those because of the lack of experience, other than school.  I too would suggest that you rethink the degree.  Even if it is not a CJ degree (you will find later on in life that a Business Administration degree will take you farther), I would not forego the degree if it is at all possible.  There are a lot of forums where these types of questions have been asked, please take some time and look through them.  Whatever you decide to do, don't let anyone dissuade you from that decision.  Only you know your limitations or if you even have any.  In short, get all the experience that you can from life, use the time you have (however long or short it may be) to further your education. 


I wish you the best of luck in reaching your goals.

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Good morning.I must concur with the advice previously given.I would most definately go for a degree and/ or military service.Two basic reasons why I suggest this.If you apply for a moderate sized or large agency you will be competing with scores,if not hundreds of other applicants.Frankly the vast majority of said other applicants will have either military and/or college.Agencies give extra points on entrance exams and promotional exams for these two experiences.In essence,what I am saying is that you had better hope and pray you ace the tests or your chances of becomming a leo are somewhere between slim and none.---Much good luck to you.

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Zoe, Welcome to Police Link from another Ohioan.


Personally, I would recommend waiting a few years before trying to start a career as an LEO. It will give you a little time to mature more, and experience what life has to offer.


Like others have said, re-consider your thoughts on the degree. You need to have a back-up plan.


Being retired Army, I would also recommend the Military. That could give you a couple of advantages. It looks great on the resume, it can give you some experience. You could always enlist for an Military Police position, which would give you some LEO Experience. Here comes the "advantage" part. The Military will help with your college costs!!


Just something to consider.


Best Wishes.


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 Thank you all for your responses; as I said, I will be going to school to be an EMT if I choose not to move... Looks like that's the most plausible route at this point in time. :) I will be sifting through the forums and collecting all of the information that I can!

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I would have to concur with my friends on this one. We all have a burning desire to do something, to create a difference in our lives. Sometimes that desire has to be tempered with patience. Having the desire is fantastic, it will take you far however there is something to be said for life experience. This job being para-military, coming in with a military background is a plus. Having a degree is a plus too however when you are fighting with someone who outweighs you by 100 pounds that doesn't count for much. Be patient, immerse yourself in our forums and soak up the knowledge. You have a long way to go. I noticed you mentioned BLET, are you in NC? If so I may be of some assistance to you if you need it. Good luck!


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 Yes, I am in NC. :) 

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