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I have my associates degree in criminal justice and I want to know what's next? Do I apply for academy's or as many departments as I can or both? Thank you

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Both. What's stopping you?


"Niether fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds." Buddha

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Your bachelors.

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I have been just wondering if there was anything else

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I am curious how much effort you put into this? You could not figure this out? If you want to be a law enforcement officer you will have to be a thinker.

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I have heard and read so many things on what's needed and I have been doing them. It was just to get point of views from others that's all man. 

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Just getting all the information I can and soak up all the knowledge. It's a forum for a reason. 

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 As from someone near the starting line like you (I've already done the academy but cert about to run out) I'll give you the same advice everyone has been giving me along some tidbits I've learned along the way:


*Apply to as many departments as you can (do keep track of who, when, how many times, and how far you got with them; most departments will ask).


*Paying your own way through the academy makes you more desireable.


*LEARN SPANISH (or a different language if another is more prominent in your area).


*obtain a BA (more desireable, higher start pay, and allows you to rank up higher than a Srgt).


*Make sure you're in good physical health (one of the big ones I'm working on).


*Do ride-alongs (it lets them know you're interested and trying to soak up as much info about their department as possible).


*If you have top picks, learn more specifically about the department (policies, workings, if they use codes, etc...).  This can be done on ride-alongs.


*If you're a shy speaker, that's something to work on.  You will not only be speaking to the public but it's also something to be good at before an oral board.


With all this you should have a good chance of getting hired somewhere.