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Am I to small to become a detention officer?

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 I am 5' 0" and 103 pound, I am in good shape, I workout 4 to 5 days a week.


just apply for a detention officer position, just want to know if I am to small to get that job.


 

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Have you talked to the agency that you are applying too??

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 No, just took this morning the application there, couldn't talk to nobody

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There are several D.O.'s where I work at ranging from barely 5'0 to 6'7." Add some muscles and you'll be fine. 


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 Thank you!!! Good to know that they are other DO 5'0", I am a women I don't think I will get much more muscle that what I already got

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Don't over think this. When they process you, I am certain a physical and strength test will be administered. Relax.

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An effective detention officer must be able to withstand pressure and not crack amongst the inmates. You must develop mental toughness, a command presence, and a authoritative voice. Having compassion and a sense of humor are important also.

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 This job is mostly to process arrestees into and out of jail.


they do not have a physical exam.

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ADA prohibits anyone from denying employment solely for such reasons as height and or weight.  Several factors goes into the hiring or denial of each individual applicant.

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 Thank you to all for all the info!!!!!! Really helpful 

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Keep us posted on your progress!

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Keep us posted on your progress!


I will!!!!


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Keep us posted on your progress!


I will!!!! And I hope it be with good news!


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   You're not too small to work for my agency.As long you develop a reputation of being a hard worker(by that I mean showing up every day on time).Make sure that you don't get easily offended.The inmates will test you to see if you'll break by making comments about your size,"or other ways that they will try to push your buttons".If the agency that your applying to has a height requirement,let me know.I don't know where you currently live,but if you are willing to relocate to my area,I can help you get the job with my agency.Someone once told me a phrase that might help you."It's not the size of the dog in the fight,it's the size of the fight in the dog."I wish you well in your career ambitions.


God bless you and have a nice day.
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There is an old adage you may wish to keep in mind.It's not the size of the man in the fight but the size of the fight in the man.Rest assured,however,that at your size you will be frequently tested.I was 6'1"--235 lbs. when I worked detention and I was tested frequently.

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No, I know lots of LEO's who are under 5'5" and do just fine.


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Stature is a state of mind you are always bigger than you give yourself credit for. if you are in good shape and remain vigilent, then size is not an object. Go for it! Use your training and your mind against the big boys and you will be much better at holding your own. Your mind will be your best weapon...

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Like everyone has said so far, its all about your mental state!! I like one post before about having a sense of humor, which is extremely important. Being a 'hitler' all the time will not earn you anything! However don't bend or break any rules for an inmate. Its a mix of understanding where they are coming from, and knowing that they put themselves in the position they are in. Also reading through some of the educational/training material on here, there is amazing info about how to keep in control of a siuation, and be safe around inmates.

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10-23-13


It's an older topic but it brings up height requirements. I am not even sure the OP is around.


However, for people concerned with height: Even if an agency allows a 5'0" person to be employed think about the obvious: There are a lot of inmates and people in custody that would think nothing of booting a shorter person all over the facility or in the streets.


I had opportunity to FTO a 5'0" person. He passed the academy, was a reliable employee and was quite talented. However, anytime he went to a hot situation, a legion of other cops showed up on their own. .... just to offer support for the officer. After a while, it was apparent to the officer himself that he would always be on the defensive and that folks on the street had a hard time taking him seriously.


This is a true story. And it is offered here for you consideration. No bias....just a recounting of one guy who meant well.


 


 


 


 


 


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I was a Texas correctional officer and I am only 5'1".  A few guys rans their mouths and threatened to take me on, but I held my own. Only had one try to elbow me in the head, but he was tall, so my height worked to my advantage since his elbow went right over me.  I don't see stature as an issue if you can take care of yourself.