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Too late for a LE career

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Hello-


How old is too old to start a LE career?


I'll be 38 in July, and I'm about a 1/4 of the way through working towards a BA in Criminal Justice. My ultimate goal would be probation/ parole, however, as of late I've been thinking that I've missed the boat on a career that I've always had an interest in since I was a kid. I know I should have gone to school yrs ago, but I didn't really have the opportunity and I've made some not so great life decisions (nothing criminal etc.).


I'm looking at being at least 42 when I finally finish and the Civil Svc. exam for PO is only offered once every 4 yrs I believe. Even though I'm kicking myself in the a$$ for some of these decisions I know I am meant to do something with LE.. I love it, I get it and now I'm at a crossroad.


So I'm throwing this out there.. What are your thoughts or any suggestions about other avenues to look into if becoming a PO doesn't pan out?

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Your not to old. Make application now while you are pursuing your degree. I've know applicants that were hired in their 50's.

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I am thirty six and I am applying. Your are not alone...

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The two oldest cadets in my academy class were 46 and 42 years respectively.  You want it..... Go for it or you'll never find out.  Choose to pass and you will forever kick yourself in your fleshy hindquarters.

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Oh I meant going in to be a parole/ probation officer not a police officer.. sorry for any confusion :)

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I agree with the others. Go for it.


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 My chief got hired onto the department at age 50. You're not too old!


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Oh I meant going in to be a parole/ probation officer not a police officer.. sorry for any confusion :)



Does it matter........?  If you want it...... Go and get it.

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Mickey75 says ...



Oh I meant going in to be a parole/ probation officer not a police officer.. sorry for any confusion :)



Does it matter........?  If you want it...... Go and get it.



Absolutely! TY

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Your not to old. Make application now while you are pursuing your degree. I've know applicants that were hired in their 50's.


 



I've got a question.  While I don't post here often, I do kind of watch the forums here occasionally.  And I was wondering if anybody could apply while pursuing a degree.  I'm in high school right now, but in two years, I'll be off to college, and I'm looking at John Jay University (which has a good Criminal Justice program).  Would it be possible to apply for a job with the NYPD or something like that while in college?  Is it a good idea?


 

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Afzoomie67. Yes & Yes.

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Afzoomie67. Yes & Yes.



Thank you for the response, Uncledennis1. I've seen other posts by you, you seem like the man. Do you know how it would all work? Like, going to the academy and all?

And to the O.P. - Sorry for derailing your thread slightly!

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Afzoomie67. When you graduate from high school you should be 18 years of age. Jump right into the CJ classes. I imagine you must be 20 years of age to apply and this will give you two years of college which will shout character. My nephew graduated with his masters a couple of weeks ago at age 22 so this can be accomplished. Go the year around and get it completed. Apply as early as you can as the process is quite lenghty. Go after the prize and best to you.

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I am 33 years old with a social work degree.   Would that be sufficent or should I further my education?

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Yes, being a police officer is not limited to criminal justice, you can have a degree in anything.  I know a Missouri State Highway Patrolman who wanted to be a math teacher.  He graduated and decided that he did not want to teach anymore. They took him anyway. It's not just about wearing shiny boots, carrying a gun, and having the red and blue lights.  You are providing a service to the community.  You must believe in what you are doing.