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I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this post.  After weeks of sifting through cyber trash and reading basically the same "advice," with slight variations, I am so excited that I found this site!  It is refreshing to read posts by real people preparing to attend a POST program or already actively involved in law enforcement.  My reason for signing up with PL is simple.  I have been accepted into the Peace Officer Standards and Training program and I, like many other recruits/cadets/students, am seeking advice and possibly a glimpse of what I can expect my life to be like during next four months.  I bring with me the desire to be a productive and valuable member of my community and the will to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming an officer of the law.  My little family is made up of my husband who is a farmer and our two-year-old son who is under the impression that I am going to school to learn how to be a "cop car."


I am a 30-year-old woman with no prior law enforcement or military experience.  For the majority of my life I worked manual labor and took any job I could as I was not able to afford the cost of sponsoring myself through POST.  In most of the cities here, you must pass the training program before you can apply for a position with any local law enforcement agencies.  After my son was born, I took a position with a non-profit organization that specialized in therapeutic foster care and worked as their Assistant Office Administrator for 14-months.  During my annual review I was informed that, although I am an "exemplary employee," they could no longer afford to keep me on a full-time basis.  My husband, knowing my desire to go into law enforcement, encouraged me to apply and I began the six-week application process immediately.  I am still as excited today as I was the day I received my acceptance letter!


It is hard to believe that, in a little over one week, I will be heading out of my town and away from my family.  I will only be able to see them on the weekends and this will be quite the adjustment but is almost a relief as I know how distracting being home can be. I know that I will need to maintain a focused and dedicated attitude if I am to make it through training and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.


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Congratulations in passing through an initial portal to becoming a law enforcement professional. 30 years old is a perfect age to enter our field. Maturity, stability and experience will be the hallmark of your fledgling beginnings.


First impressions, .... ok. You seem coherent, conversant and can put pen to paper. Good start.


Second, make very sure your husband has 'bought in' to which you are embarking. It will mean many hours and days away from him and your child.


Third, you will need to have full family support. With that said, keep in mind the world does not revolve around you. Once home, you are not a recruit or eventually a cop/deputy. You are a wife and a mother. Unless your husband is a willing participant, he probably will not jump at the opportunity for you to practice your handcuffing techniqueson him, being a dummy for your arm-bar defensive tactics or knowing what a wobbler is.


Ok, rather than ramble on, would you like to hear more?


Please advise.


FYI, I am a Recruit Training Officer (RTO) at the police academy. I have been working with the academies for 12 years, in addition to completing a full LEO career.


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Thank you, TheSarge!  I was really surprised by the amont of paperwork and preparation getting into the academy required!


As I mentioned above, my husband encouraged me to jump in.  As a farmer, he will have the flexibility to be with our son for the majority of my training.  My husband is the catalyst for this decision to pursue my lifelong dream. We have discussed the hours, rotating shifts the possibility of missed holidays and school programs that will likely follow training.  We are dedicated to making it work and we both feel that we will be able to come up with creative solutions to those scheduling conflicts.  We are also blessed with his supportive mother.  She is a stay-at-home grandmother who also stayed at home for all of her kids.  She is a patient, reliable, loving and wonderful to each of her grandchildren and has provided our son with a stable "daycare" setting when my husband and I are not able to be home with him.  She will continue to support both of us in this capacity for the foreseeable future.


What is a wobbler?


I would love to hear more!  It sounds like you have a wealth of information! 


Thanks for your intersting and entertaining response!


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Welcome to police link and congratulations on your POST approval to attend an academy in North Dakota.  I did not answer the poll at the top of the discussion as all states vary on this issue.  In California, a department may hire and send the applicant through the academy complete with a pay check or (as in my case) the prospective applicant may go to an academy as a self sponsored / pre-service cadet, on his oer her own dime so to speak and no compensation, hoping that along the way or within the 3 year period that the academy certificates remain valid, that he or she is hired by a department that will accept said academy training.  Not all departments will.


I echo the comments made by TheSarge with regards to having the support of your husband and family.  I hope he continues to give you that support.  While I was in the academy, there was a female cadet in the class ahead of me that was a life long family friend.  I knew when she was having issues at home because her test scores would drop and she and I had several discussions concerning her situation.  I would like to think that I helped her along in her successful graduation where her now ex-husband didn't and wouldn't.  I know it was very stressful for her.  BTW she was a very well respected deputy in her department.


What is a wobbler?  It is not a Weeble despite the fact that they do wobble.



 A wobbler is a crime that can be either a felony or a misdemeanor.  That's the only freebie you will get so good luck in your pursuit.

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 Congratulations and good luck!


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 Welcome from sunny south Florida.

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While I was in the academy, there was a female cadet in the class ahead of me that was a life long family friend.  I knew when she was having issues at home because her test scores would drop and she and I had several discussions concerning her situation.  I would like to think that I helped her along in her successful graduation where her now ex-husband didn't and wouldn't.  I know it was very stressful for her.  BTW she was a very well respected deputy in her department.


 A wobbler is a crime that can be either a felony or a misdemeanor.  That's the only freebie you will get so good luck in your pursuit.



 


Your friend was very fortunate to have your support!


Thanks for the freebie!  Makes sense. :)


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 Congratulations.  You are not to old at 30, I started at 40 after several false starts (husband, now ex, throwing monkey wrenches in the works).    I wish you the best!  Please keep us updated on your progress if you can.  


 


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 Congratulations.  You are not to old at 30, I started at 40 after several false starts (husband, now ex, throwing monkey wrenches in the works).    I wish you the best!  Please keep us updated on your progress if you can.  


 


Thanks! I am glad to hear that you got your career on track!  How long have you been a LEO?


I will probably be on here quite a bit during the next week but am not sure how often I will log on while in school.



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Welcome to PoliceLInk from suburban Philadelphia. Thirty is a grat age to start the academy (I was 30 when I started, and I, too, had an ex who was not all that supportive). You are intelligent, articulate, and motivated......a agood combination of traits. Best of luck as you pursue your dream; keep us posted on your progress.

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Welcome to Police Link, from Ohio.


I, too, will echo TheSarge's comments. 30 is a great age to start for the very reasons he cited. I was 32 when I hired in, and I'm now in my 20th year.


Always make time for your family. Leave your work issues at work, and your home issues at home. If you have questions during your training, ask someone. Pay attention to what your instructors tell you, and pay attention to what your FTO's tell you.


Above all, STAY SAFE and ALWAYS WATCH YOUR 6!! Keep in mind, you are not Superwoman. Physics does apply to Police Officers!


Best wishes!!


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Welcome... like you, I was 30 when I started my agency's 6 1/2 month long academy.  Although I was older than most of my classmates, and had more difficulty with the "physical" stuff than the "young bucks," the other learning domains were easier for me than for them.


So, I had classmates who encouraged me on those long runs...and I led the study groups.  It all balances out if you can come togther as a group (which is one of the lessons they are trying to teach all of you anyway!)

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Sounds like the right kind of person to me!  I'm now 28 and in my 2nd year out of he academy still looking for a dept. to hire me.  We had a son right after I graduated in 2011, so I'm kind of glad because that would have added a LOT of complications to it.  Ditto on the academics seeming easier after some life experience, and letting the other muscleheads help you with the PT (which they gladly will).


Good luck to you and hope you wear thebadge proudly.

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Looks like the folks up in here have welcomed you warmly. Not bad for a noob.


In fact, to celebrate your new found LEO social media home, drop and give us 25 pushups. Good ones. Not those head dipping, butt in the air, barely-bend-your-arms ones neither. GOOD ONES. Well, waddya waiting for ?


Sounds like you'll be in a live-in academy. Take nothing of value with you that you are not willing to have stolen. WHAT? Yep, bell-ee-dat. You're not going to choir practice. There are petty thieves amongst us.


Next, if you haven't already done this, get used to not having your cellphone in your pocket or available to answer. Having an active cellphone can be a safety issue, plus a negative distraction in the academy. The ring gives away your position (even in vibrate mode) and the screen lights up your face in dark environment.


Make sure all of your internet social media sites (Facebook) are clean and non-offensive to any LEO department.


Lastly for this pre-academy session, drop and do another 25. Just cuz. My smokey hat has a very starchy edge. And it likes getting close to a cadet's eye brow.


Any questions, Ms. Braaten, feel free to ask here in this topic.


 


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Looks like the folks up in here have welcomed you warmly. Not bad for a noob.


In fact, to celebrate your new found LEO social media home, drop and give us 25 pushups. Good ones. Not those head dipping, butt in the air, barely-bend-your-arms ones neither. GOOD ONES. Well, waddya waiting for ?


Sounds like you'll be in a live-in academy. Take nothing of value with you that you are not willing to have stolen. WHAT? Yep, bell-ee-dat. You're not going to choir practice. There are petty thieves amongst us.


Next, if you haven't already done this, get used to not having your cellphone in your pocket or available to answer. Having an active cellphone can be a safety issue, plus a negative distraction in the academy. The ring gives away your position (even in vibrate mode) and the screen lights up your face in dark environment.


Make sure all of your internet social media sites (Facebook) are clean and non-offensive to any LEO department.


Lastly for this pre-academy session, drop and do another 25. Just cuz. My smokey hat has a very starchy edge. And it likes getting close to a cadet's eye brow.


Any questions, Ms. Braaten, feel free to ask here in this topic.


 



Damn...... That just brought back all kinds of memories...... except for the cell phone thing.  When I was in the academy, it was a cadets (as well as his or her peers) worst nightmare if his or her pager went off.  Everyone pays for the mistake of one.


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abraaten, WOW! You are extremely well-expressed!  Yours is the BEST Policelink intro I have seen. I am impressed!  I wish you the very best of luck in your pursuits.  Welcome to Policelink!

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R. Lee and I have met and we understand each other. We met at the SHOT Show in Vegas.



OMG....... For some reason, that does not surprise me one bit.

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I met R.Lee Ermey too.  At Camp Pendleton.  Everyone was there. We waited in line forever.  My friend's husband was deploying to Afghanistan.  R. Lee was very cordial to her. He gave her a wonderful commemorative coin.  Nice guy.

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We have both ways here in Colorado.  Small departments require you to be certified prior to hire.  Large departments will require you to go through their academy, even if you have already been through one.


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Welcome to P.L. from your neighbor to the West. Montana... I wish I had started at 30 YOA you will do great. Good luck on future.


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In NYC you have to be hired, then you go to the academy.


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 Welcome to PL from NW New Jersey. I'm not going to repeat what others (some of them smarter than me) have already said except that you show great potential and already have a great support system at home that will help get you through your training. 


In Jersey, a department will hire you first and sponsor you through the academy. We do have an "alternate route" program in some parts of the state, but it has been suspended in favor of the traditional plan. 


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Looks like the folks up in here have welcomed you warmly. Not bad for a noob.


In fact, to celebrate your new found LEO social media home, drop and give us 25 pushups. Good ones. Not those head dipping, butt in the air, barely-bend-your-arms ones neither. GOOD ONES. Well, waddya waiting for ?


Sounds like you'll be in a live-in academy. Take nothing of value with you that you are not willing to have stolen. WHAT? Yep, bell-ee-dat. You're not going to choir practice. There are petty thieves amongst us.


Next, if you haven't already done this, get used to not having your cellphone in your pocket or available to answer. Having an active cellphone can be a safety issue, plus a negative distraction in the academy. The ring gives away your position (even in vibrate mode) and the screen lights up your face in dark environment.


Make sure all of your internet social media sites (Facebook) are clean and non-offensive to any LEO department.


Lastly for this pre-academy session, drop and do another 25. Just cuz. My smokey hat has a very starchy edge. And it likes getting close to a cadet's eye brow.


Any questions, Ms. Braaten, feel free to ask here in this topic.


 



Yes, Sir!  I plan on leaving my cell phone in my locker and my social media sites are fairly boring and consistenty conservative...  I am not sure I can complete two set of 25 but I am sure working on it. I will be sleeping and studying on campus during the week.  I plan on taking nothing more than the essentials.  Weekends will be spent home with my family.


For everyone I have not responded to individually:  You sure know how to make a person smile!  I enjoy reading your responses.  Thank you all for your warm welcome. 


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 I hope ur push-ups are up to par missy!!! I don't know how I will measure up at the academy since your going first means I have to push harder to kick your butt in school :) your gonna do awesome at POST!! Best of luck you have my full support sister!!!

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I will try not to do anything that anyone remembers so you will be safe when you go in, Miss D. Sure wish you lived closer!  Sure wish you were going with me.


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I love reading stories like this one.  Welcome to PL, hang in there and good lick at the Academy.


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I love reading stories like this one.  Welcome to PL, hang in there and good lick at the Academy.



Thank you, sir!  I am really excited! 


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After having read this entire thread I am curious as to your intent.Are your plans to be a deputy or an officer?I was honored to be both,in my career.Whichever you decide I'm certain you will succeed.Much good fortune my friend.

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After having read this entire thread I am curious as to your intent.Are your plans to be a deputy or an officer?I was honored to be both,in my career.Whichever you decide I'm certain you will succeed.Much good fortune my friend.



I applied to POST with a desire to join the Sheriff's Department.


Thank you for your encouragement!  I sure do appreciate it!


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