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I am a 35 year male that has decided to get into LE. is it to late?  are my younger years of immaturity going to haunt me?  what is the best advice fo a man my age to know.

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For starters, let me thank you for making me feel like an old fart at 36!  To answer your question, NO, it is not too late to get into LE. Define "younger years of immaturity."


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Call the agency and axe. How would we know?

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Well, I was plum old when I started my LEO career at 40... lol 


We don't know what your "younger years of immaturity" are to be able to even try to assist.  Call the agency and axe, like UncleD suggested. 


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Too old would be dependent on a number of things.In the state where I did my original 25 years there was a mandatory retirement age of sixty ,If you are currently age 35 you would be right at the wire.Also depends on local city codes and or County codes,as well as Personell Dept. regulations.In my city a lady attempted to come on at 40 yrs old which would have taken her five years past the state mandatory law.She advised the city of the federal anti age descrimination law and was allowed to come on the job.Graduated top in her recruit class and made a fine officer.I know,I was her F.T.O.

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My advice to you would be to look up the link titled something like "can I still be a cop?" Most of these questions are answered there, and you won't have to get so personal or specific about your circumstances.

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38 when I went through the academy and taught  folks in their 60s no you not to old 


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 I'm 34 and thinking about getting back into it my self as a state trooper. But No, yoir not to old. Every dept. Has there own standards and all. Just stay fit and continue to increase your knowledge base for the road. Otherwise yiu should be fine. Good luck.

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For starters, let me thank you for making me feel like an old fart at 36!  To answer your question, NO, it is not too late to get into LE. Define "younger years of immaturity."


 


You know drinking and few experimental drugs when i was around 20.........clean and sober for many years now!


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 When I went through my first background, the department did not care whether I had used before. Just that I admitted it...Then again I wasn't talking about meth/crack....

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Not too old - yes some localities have "mandatory" retirements specifics - however many do not -- it just depends how bad you want the badge - having life experiences can definitely aid you in your career -- Good Luck !!!

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Thank you for your responses....First test today.  wish me luck!

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Luck. 


Let us know how things turn out.


 


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Bump The Sarge and much good fortune to you.

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What drugs did you take in your youth? Could be the kiss of death.Every agency is different however.

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The department is going to want to know more specifically what the term "immaturity of youth" means with regards to drug and alcohol use.  They will require that you admit all and more specifically what drugs were used and over how long a period were they used. They will want to know what the term "experimental drugs" means.  Did you just try something once?  A few somethings once?  Or any of or all of those things several times during this phase of "immature youth" as you describe.  When does an experiment stop being an experiment and turn into an outright and blatant disregard for laws?  They will likely require you to disclose your alcohol consumption levels during that time and if any laws were broken such as D.U.I. (convictions or otherwise) or what-ever it is called in your state.  They will want to know just how long this "Immaturity of youth" lasted.  Around 20 years old is a little vague.  When did you start and when in your 20's did you stop?  As uncledennis mentioned, every agency is different but not by a whole lot.  Some might allow certain things based on what, for how long and how long it has been since the last use.  As advised earlier by a few, call the agency you are testing with what their requirements are regarding the question.  It may even be on the web site for the city, county or state agency under job description and requirements.  Then understand this one thing.  It will still be a C R A P shoot.  Put in your application, take the tests, go to the interviews, BE HONEST ABOUT EVERYTHING, and see where the chips fall.  If your age and physical condition don't do you in and the past doesn't come back to haunt you, consider yourself lucky and blessed.  If for some reason the past does come back to haunt you, pick yourself up and consider it a very tough lesson learned.  All that said.... Good luck.