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Lawman_max50

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Posted about 1 year ago

 

I have always wanted to work in LE but raising a family and having a business kept me from looking into the possibility. I finally went to school, recently graduated with a BS in CJ and a second concentration in CJ business mgmt. but now I'm getting up in the years and have a slight disability with wearing hearing aids. Is there a place for an older female with an awesome GPA in LE or is this field looking for the younger generations?

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How old are you? A hearing test is part of the physical. I would axe the agency.

1979_max50

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 You may not be able to become a street cop, actually probably not, but you might be a dispatcher or work in the system as an administrator or assistant type.

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How old are you? A hearing test is part of the physical. I would axe the agency.



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Lawman_max50

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I will be 50 later this year but am in good physical shape, keeping up with my workouts - and I have always been the tomboy type. As for my hearing; I currently run a cash register in a large store (something to get me by while I went to school) and often do not wear my 'ears'. My hearing range is slightly muffled but I still hear all ranges of sound just not quite as clear. With my ears in, I can hear literally through the walls and around the corner, even a whisper. I'm more concerned with my age than my ears. What do you think? Should I look into police work or consider private probation or something more along that line?

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Bump bill9823 - too funny

1979_max50

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If you have your heart set on becoming a cop then go for it. Some agencies do have age limits or age limits with credits for past service(s) so who knows. You also may still want to go in as an assistant, which is basically a secretary, or as a Dispatcher, Crime Scene analysis, doing photography or fingerprints etc. Who knows unless you give it a try?

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I had a police cadet who went through my academy who was 49-years old. Upon graduation and turning 50, the running joke was he was going to retire. That was about 10 years ago. He is a reserve officer (sergeant) who enjoys working weekends. He makes more as management staff at Toyota than he'll ever make as a cop.


I would suggest you go to the agency of your choice and simply ask your simple questions. The hearing may be a point of concern depending on the position you're looking at. There are many opportunities in law enforcement that may interest you but you need to go and seek out what is available in your area.


Let us know how it turns out.


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Thanks Robocop33, I do appreciate your honesty and have appreciated the advice you have given others. Just a side note: I trained for dispatch and that is when my hearing problem was noticed. To keep officers safe, I declined that position until I was more comfortable with trusting what I was hearing. Now 16 months later, I am more comfortable with my ears and have graduated. But dispatch is not my cup of tea, I need to be more physically active than a sitdown job ten hours a day provides.

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 If your hearing is correctable, look at a Community Service Officer (or equivalent) position. You would interact with working cops and be in the field generally doing reports and handling 'safe' scenes. Our gals spend 20-30 years in these positions. They're fun !


Our guys AND gals handled everything from processing evidence, to handling non-injury accidents to working homicides... and everything in between.


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Thanks The Sarge - great advice!

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TheSarge says ...



 If your hearing is correctable, look at a Community Service Officer (or equivalent) position. You would interact with working cops and be in the field generally doing reports and handling 'safe' scenes. Our gals spend 20-30 years in these positions. They're fun !


Our guys AND gals handled everything from processing evidence, to handling non-injury accidents to working homicides... and everything in between.


 


Running paperwork to the jail, direct traffic at special events and do some things LEOs dread doing. 



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Well, I know Probation in my state, Indiana, does not have a max out age, minimum of 21, but no max.  Furthermore, it is a very rewarding job.  I am able to help those that want help and I am able accomodate those individuals who do not want help w/ 3 hots and a cot!  Plus, it is a very exciting job...we do home visits, searches, etc...I could not ask for a better, more rewarding or exciting job.  Sometimes, the paperwork gets heavy, but whatever...there is always a downside to everything! LOL

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Hi jar6489,


    My only option in Colorado is the private side. The local jurisdiction has had 2 openings in 5 years each filled with someone possessing 10+ years experience. I talked to one of the supervisors and was advised to look into private, if that is what I want to do...I was also cautioned that the cop attitiude does not mesh into probation and that left me wondering which route I should travel. I love investigations and am a stickler for detail - making me perfect for many police positions other than a street officer. But I also have that urge to help those willing to help themselves so right now I am caught floundering. I am thinking that I had better explore all the options my community has to offer to find the right fit. I do not want a job, I want a career.

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I know a guy from a law enforcement family - brother is a street cop and mom is a ret. homicide detective.  He had a hearing disability and said tested at least twice to find if he could clear the threshold under which candidate is disqualified.  Couldn't do it. 


Judging by your determination and attitude, and willingness to serve...I am sure you are already lining up some job-shadowing, maybe even some internships to explore career options.  Good luck!

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Hi MarlyB,


   Determination comes with age - I am finding fewer and fewer young people with the perseverance and determination that I find in my generation. The local police academy is looking for recruits, I am almost done with my application because I refuse to let a chance slip by. I am also applying for the vacant administrative positions that just opened up - per the advice of Robocop33 and looking into any available community service positions as The Sarge recommended.

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Good evening WhyzKyd- Dependant upon the size city you reside in there are many postions with a number of law enforcement agancies you may find available.I speak of D.E.A.,Secret Service,B.A.T.F.,state Patrol, Sheriffs Office,Police Dept. etc.You will find detention,dispatch,Telephone Report Units,Desk,Property Room,Data Review,Detective Bureau Firearms Registration,Records,etc.,etc.There are sworn deputies,officers and civilians in all these positions.There are also Parole and Probation positions. Absolutely correct en re to your determination comment.I'm just about old enough to be your father,work out daily,work on my residence and am gainfully employeed. Good to see MarlyB contacted you.She's one of the most knowledgeable individuals on this site--Much good fortune to you....Dave

Lawman_max50

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Hello ssu459,


    Sound advice and thank you. I am applying everywhere in any CJ field and Grand Junction is fairly large with surround smaller towns that also present opportunities. College taught me that I am a sponge - train me and I will learn. Please tell me what the B.A.T.F. is so I don't miss a single opportunity. Thanks so much! 

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That is the Bureau of Alcohol Tobaccoi and Firearms,generally just refered to as A.T.F..Indeed I love to learn also.Like my spouse,am an avid reader.I too learned that in college.

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haha ssu459, the B. threw me. Thanks!


I love to read - always have a book in my purse and an extra in my truck. My boyfriend cringes when we pull up to a yardsale with books because I'll buy 20 if they fall in my favorite genre. One friend tells me that I do not read, I devour books and it's true - I will readily admit it. College taught me to slow down and ingest what I am reading. I retain so much more when I slow down and think about what I am reading instead of reading just to read - like I would for a fictional novel.

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The past few weeks have been exciting. My application for a local PD brought about an invite to test in less than 24 hours and today the SO left a message to begin testing. It rocks to have both applications accepted so quickly - now the work begins but I am so ready for this!Thanks for all the advice given and the responses!

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This is fabulous.Hope it goes the way you desire.

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Just go to Law School

Lawman_max50

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Really timber123? Please explain the logic behind adding more student loan debt to what I incurred during the past 4 years in college

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Yes... The ROI will be great!

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I'll have to pass on that one timber123, lol.

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If a sworn position doesn't pan out for you look into the support staff positions that may be available kn offender registration, records or victim advocacy if the agency has positions like that.  Good luck and don't give up...

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Hi csiguy,


    I have been applying at every opening, sworn and not, with the city PD and the county SO. Getting past the physical testing will prove to be hard as I have been accepted to test with both departments. The SO uses the Cooper test which isn't too bad given my age except for the 6 pushups in one minute. The obstacal course for the PD looks to be a bear. I don't think I ever tried to jump a six-foot ditch as a kid, much less in the past 20 years. But I can practice and use my determination to work through these first hurdles. I applied for an administrative position with the PD as well but have not heard back so I am having my doubts about interviewing for that position. I check the websites daily for new openings though so I have my fingers crossed and I know God will point me in the right direction  :)  Thank you!