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 I'm 18 and graduated high school with a 3.8GPA. I'm physically fit and have no negative interactions with LEOs. Not even a traffic ticket.


Possession and OC of handguns here is 18.


I went to the SO and PD to try and join, but they said I need to be 20. Anyone know why?


 


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There could be a few reasons.  One of which is the following:  Don't take this the wrong way, but many, many folks under age 21-25 simply do not have the maturity to handle many situations LEOs face on a day-to-day basis.  In the military, your squad leader (Sergeant or Staff Sergeant) is with you all the time.  In an LE agency, you might see your Sergeant once or twice per shift, and are expected to handle things on your own, and possess the maturity to do so effectively.  Many LE agencies (and a lot of private Security companies) won't accept applicants under age 21 due to driving/insurance restrictions, among a few others.  I don't want to seem like I'm coming down on you, but those are the cold, hard facts.


Competition within the LE field is also VERY intense.  Some agencies, if you don't have prior LE and/or prior military you won't get in simply because there are other applicants who have exactly the same CV as you do, BUT they are experienced.  You may also not be the right fit for the Department you apply with.  Don't get discouraged.  Try, try, try again.  Look into enlisting and serving your Country - you can even do LE in the military.


Also, when you come on PL it's customary to make a post in the General Discussions area and introduce yourself and let us get to know you.  A lot of questions can be answered by browsing through the forums.  Take a deep breath and relax.

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Most places will not take a person under 21 years old for one basic reason: You cannot go into a bar to enforce the law. You would be underage.


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........................................................................ITS CALLED POLICY.....................................................


 

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Bump to those who have already replied...


JPrice94 - its not just about the gun and badge, or even the legal ability to own/possess a firearm (which seems to be your only focus since you couldn't think of any reasons on your own).


They are looking for folks that have some life experiences, and maturity so that they can make the right decisions about when/when not to use that weapon...


You are going to have to understand and apply legal principles in some trying circumstances...


And, like the Sarge says: your gonna have to go into a bar every now and again.

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I gave this some additional thought. I would put this on ice for a few years and enroll in college. At your age you should be chasing girls and having lots of fun. Enroll in college as soon as possible and get this out of the way. You have nothing to offer other than a clean background, good physical condition and a high G.P.A.  I was appointed soon after my 21st birthday and to look back I was not ready for the authority and responsibility.

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JPrice94 says ...



 I'm 18 and graduated high school with a 3.8GPA. I'm physically fit and have no negative interactions with LEOs. Not even a traffic ticket.


Possession and OC of handguns here is 18.


I went to the SO and PD to try and join, but they said I need to be 20. Anyone know why?


 


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Did you ask them? Maybe give that a try and then let us know.


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I gave this some additional thought. I would put this on ice for a few years and enroll in college. At your age you should be chasing girls and having lots of fun. Enroll in college as soon as possible and get this out of the way. You have nothing to offer other than a clean background, good physical condition and a high G.P.A.  I was appointed soon after my 21st birthday and to look back I was not ready for the authority and responsibility.



Agreed.  I would enroll in classes at a college and take some Criminal Justice courses.  Some agencies have college credit requirements.  You need 60 for entry into the NYPD (or two years military).


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 You only got a few years before you turn 21.  Go to college/university and get a degree, then re-apply when you are 21.


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A huge bump to those suggesting college.Another worthwhile consideration en re to learning these vital life experiences would be to join the Armed Forces.Both pay dividends ,as you will receive extra points in your entrance exam as well as your eventual promotional exams.Most jurisdictions is and has been 21,for many years.This is called the "Majority Age" and is set by state statute.Unfortunately many younger people see Police work as a glorfied "Dirty Harry" role and become what is called either "badge happy" or "badge heavy".That's the quickest way in the world to get your a$$ handed to you on a platter by a suspect and/or suspects.

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TheSarge says ...



Most places will not take a person under 21 years old for one basic reason: You cannot go into a bar to enforce the law. You would be underage.



THIS............. and what uncledennis1 said......... it is POLICY.  The age you are able to apply and actually get hired is 20 years old, provided that you are age 21 upon graduation from the academy.  I have heard of some departments, albeit very few, who have hired "part time" officers at younger ages but like I said, that is not the norm and are very few.  Myself personally (no disrespect to you intended), there is a maturity concern at play here.


Now to your benefit and to help your cause while you you are waiting:


1)  Stay on your current course by maintaining your clean background.


2)  Look into the military if so inclined.


3)  If not, take the next couple of years and start college.  In 2 years, provided you worked your fleshy hind-quarters off, you can finish at least your AA degree which will be viewed as a PLUS by a potential employer.


4)  Consider working as a non-sworn community service officer in either a paid position or volunteer.  Your service will also be viewed as a PLUS, providing you have shown yourself to be responsible, dedicated and willing to be quiet and listen and to be patient and learn.


5)  Stay Good and good luck in your pursuit.