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 Hello, I am aspiring to become a deputy sheriff or police officer in Southern California, I am 21 years old tomorrow, married, with no military experience or college degree. I have passed both written and physical tests exceptionally for a certain county in So-Cal, but was turned down in the interview/background investigation for not having enough high-responsibility work experience or related education. Down, but not out, I set to work trying to remedy the issues that the senior deputy laid in front of me. I am currently in EMT school and should be taking the national registry to become a certified EMT in about 3 months and I am trying to find work related to law enforcement. I have tested for a civilian position in the same department, unfortunately against 250 (mostly older, more experienced) candidates for one position open. I am trying to find assets protection work or anything involving authority/safety, to little avail, once purely because of a conflict of interest with my wife's employer. I have a perfectly clean record and zero drug history. Those are the facts about myself, my question is whether there is anything else I can be doing to launch my career in law enforcement, any tips for doing so, and any suggestions at all. Thank you.

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Sounds like you are on the right track. keep filling out those apps and handing them in. It is a lot of work but well worth it. have you thought about relocating. I know that Montana and and North Dakota are having a hard time finding qualified applicatants to fill positions around our states. Good luck and keep up the good work.


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 Welcome to policelink from sunny south Florida.

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 Thank you for the information. I'm not opposed to relocating, but I don't want to drag my wife away from her family here, and she is still in college for another year or two to become a teacher.

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Welcome to PL from the midwest, southern CA is very competitve now for LEO jobs.

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 MJS, 


Welcome and happy 21st birthday! Don't do anything tonight that might ruin your career plans.


SoCal is very competitive, but it looks like you're doing the right things. You may want to think about a degree for yourself too. Many departments require one to promote past a basic rank to sergeant or detective.


perhaps you can work driving an ambulance while you work on a degree, then you'll have both education and high-stress, decision-making work experience...? just a thought.


And, you can make that degree in just about anything, so pick something that you're interested in that could become a second/back-up career option...teaching, psychology, computer or social  sciences, would all be relevant to police work and civilian life before/after.

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 Thanks a lot, Dave! They told me I'd have to be a perfect candidate to get in at my age, last time. I have some community college experience, maybe I:lol continue that after EMT school if I can. It's good to hear "until I made ot" stories!

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Thanks for the ideas, Metro! My thinking is that I'll work as an EMT (in an ambulance/at sporting events/concerts, etc) and that can show the high-stress work history. If I don't get accepted somewhere before I have accumulated 1,000 hours of work as an EMT I'll continue to Paramedic school and take the next step there while still trying.

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UPDATE: I now have a handgun safety card (and a handgun), a basic life support for the healthcare provider card (CPR/AED), am on my way to becoming an EMT, and am testing for two local departments (1 county, 1 city) in the next 2 months. Also waiting on a concealed carry application.

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Enroll in a community college. The CCW permit will not be of assistance as everyone and their brother has one. I was an ambulance attendant for two years waiting to turn 21 which did assist. Those with degrees will have a leg up on you. Just continue to apply and also consider self sponsor in an academy. Also keep in mind law enforcement agencies like former military personnel.

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There is a lot of competition in So Cal for police jobs. The minimum requirements will not be enough. You could try military reserves as a medic for experience. You can still be at home and work except for a weekend a month. If you have time, you can work for a degree online if going to a traditional college is not possible. I do not see you getting much of a look without college or military. I am working for my degree while working full time as an officer. I am at the top of my abilities with the education I have. To progress I need a degree. You will as well unless you are content working patrol for your whole career if you do get in.

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If you need high stress experence, try teaching Pre-school *eg*


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TNDEPUTY says ...



If you need high stress experence, try teaching Pre-school *eg*


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high stress, try running a large day care.

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Welcome to PL and bump what others have said, just short of some military experience all you can do is keep applying. I would say while you are waiting enroll in a JUCO at least to get some Police Science courses under your belt and the degree will help you later in your career.

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"work trying to remedy the issues that the senior deputy laid in front of me."


People either get fired or promoted for these things around here.  


 


Gotta love Law Enforcement!. 


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 Here's somewhat of an update: Went through the process with the same department again, and was given some even more specific improvements to make, one being to enroll in a community college. The background investigator really seemed to take an interest and wants to help me get involved in the cadet program as a "foot-in-the-door" type of thing. Awaiting Fall registration and working on the other improvements, as well as obtaining an "exposed carry permit" (armed guard card) for some more of that "high-responsibility" work.

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apply to small departments in the outlying areas of where u live, smaller deptartments are usually more willing to give noobs the shot and chance to proove themselves, but they will likely hire you on as a reserve or a volunter which isnt  a bad thing and builds your resume, and when a full time position open or they feel you are proven then you will be first in line to be put on a paid position... education and experience is key to getting hired and dont restrict yourself to one area...

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MJS1992 says ...



 Here's somewhat of an update: Went through the process with the same department again, and was given some even more specific improvements to make, one being to enroll in a community college. The background investigator really seemed to take an interest and wants to help me get involved in the cadet program as a "foot-in-the-door" type of thing. Awaiting Fall registration and working on the other improvements, as well as obtaining an "exposed carry permit" (armed guard card) for some more of that "high-responsibility" work.


 


Congrats, even better news.  Keep us updated...


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Bump ElkSniper.The more depts. you apply with the better your chances.Going into the service ,at this point in your life, would be questionable,being 21 and married.It would be beneficial,however,to start a college degree,the sooner the better.Do it in a subject which you're good in or which interests you.You appear to have your head screwed on properly and your priorities ane  in order.Much good fortune to you.

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Apply for a "Glorified Babysitter" position at the local County jail or prison. Yes, I know it's not the most glamorized position in LE but it gets your foot in the door and the experience will do you some good while you get more accolades under your belt. Get at least an AA/AS degree under your belt. Many LE positions require some college credits. 


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You have been given some good advice. Jailer is an excellent way to get you foot in the door. DO NOT place much emphasis on a concealed carry permit. While I was chief anyone with a concealed carry permit or a security position did not receive special treatment in the application process. Continue in school.

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I think this department is trying to tell you wait a few years and come back. A lot of large departments want someone a little more mature than 21 years old.  This is not a bad thing, but I had the choice of hiring a 21 year old or a 23 year old, which do you think I would pick?  Go to college and get some education behind you.  It speaks very loud.  They might be lookingat you job history and how long you stay at a job.  This is another big area they look at.  The last thing they want is someone who changes jobs yearly.  This is also a sign of maturity.  Give it a few years and keep looking.


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Keep at it, it may take a while. If it is something that you really want to do then you won't let anything stop you. Good Luck.