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Hey everyone, my name is AO3 Smith I am  actively serving in the United States Navy and looking towards a career in Law Enforcement. Attempting to gain some new contacts with in the LEO community and generally get to know people who share the same common goals and interests. I am actively pursuing a degree in Investigative Forensics and a minor in Cyber Security.

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Hello....and welcome to THE LINK.


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  Welcome to Police Link from frigid and snowy upstate NY.

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Good evening.Welcome to Police Link from the Missouri Ozarks.    Dave

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Welcome to PL from Cajun Country. 


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Thank you for the welcomes everyone! :)

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Welcome to Police Link, from Ohio!  Thank You for your Your Service!!!


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 Welcome to PL from another Ohioan.  Thank you for your service.

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Welcome to PL. 


Retired from military service in 2006 after 22 years and been an LEO both military and civilian now for a total of 26 years, both rides have been fantastic.  I caution you to never leave the service until you can retire with at least 20 years, the civilian job market is not great and should you get where you want to be, remain in the Reserves and collect a military pension along with your civilian pension.  Best of luck in your pursuit...

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Thanks csiguy, I plan on it. I'm not ready to be completely done with the military. I love both sectors so I'm gonna see how the civilian route goes if it's not for me then I want that to fall back on. 

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Welcome to PL.

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Might consider getting off the flight deck first so at least you can hear stuff....


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Haha good thing I'm down in the pits, its pretty quite down there. The loudest part is our ranges. =p

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So at this point, how are you "actively pursuing" your career goals? 


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I am about to begin my work on my BS in Investigative Forensics and Cyber Security, In my own career I am striving to meet every goal set before me. I have established myself in our MP unit onboard and work with them to ensure the security measures onboard are up to date, and that each person in my own department is fully trained for any possible situation. Currently, I am establishing ties with different agencies in various cities that I would be honored to serve under. I welcome an opportunity I am luck to receive to further my knowledge and connections with local and non local LEOs.

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 Welcome to PL from PA.


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Hi Ericka...Welcome to Policelink from the Great Northwest

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 Welcome from sunny south Florida :)

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I am about to begin my work on my BS in Investigative Forensics and Cyber Security, In my own career I am striving to meet every goal set before me. I have established myself in our MP unit onboard and work with them to ensure the security measures onboard are up to date, and that each person in my own department is fully trained for any possible situation. Currently, I am establishing ties with different agencies in various cities that I would be honored to serve under. I welcome an opportunity I am luck to receive to further my knowledge and connections with local and non local LEOs.


 


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Your educational goals are substantial but may be limiting in a common law enforcement career. With a BS in this concentration of study, you might find the FBI to be a good landing zone for a career or with Department of Justice. You might find that being a police officer with those skills will not allow you to fully flex your potential.


 


 


 



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Thank you for your service to our country and welcome to Policelink!

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Welcome!

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 Thank you for your advice, I do appreciated it. The FBI is an agency that I have long thought about and is one of my top priorities. However even with a limiting degree I would be happy anywhere. But I do see what you are saying :)

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 Thank you for your Service to our great Country!


Welcome to PL from NC... good luck to you in whatever your goals may be.. becoming a police offer is rewarding, but Sarge makes some really good points.  


 


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Yes he does I'm trying to keep an open mind and take advice anywhere I can get it 

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Retired from military service in 2006 after 22 years and been an LEO both military and civilian now for a total of 26 years, both rides have been fantastic.  I caution you to never leave the service until you can retire with at least 20 years, the civilian job market is not great and should you get where you want to be, remain in the Reserves and collect a military pension along with your civilian pension.  Best of luck in your pursuit...



BUMP THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^  I retired from the Military in 1998 after 20 years (10 Active, 10 Guard) and I currently have 21 years as an LEO (did both for 5 years before Military Retirement). At least stay in the Reserves/Guard/Coast Guard and finish your time. It will pay in the long run, literally.


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 I copy the Sarge, CSI guy, and 36TR on this one. I can definitely agree about the civilian job market being a physical and mental drain with really no where else to go except maybe the next factory or restaurant. There is so many people out there that are willing to work more with their hands and less with their brains. So if you have the opportunity to get certified, trained, or get man hours in for credit, you will definitely be setting yourself up to outshine these manual working trolls, like me. Yep, I admit it, I was one of those country boys in high school walking around in my boots, jeans and camo, dipping Copenhagen and Skoal in class. All I wanted to do and just couldn't wait to do it, was get the frick out of that school and go make money in a factory like a real man. College you ask? Nope, parents didn't plan for me to go to college and actually not sure if I would have went at the time, because I was so sick of schooling. Military? Nope, parents didn't agree with that either, said it was not the time because the Lord was coming anyhow. So what was left for me was a multi position job jump from Taco Bell worker to rock quarry worker, then got some time in as a plastics molding press operator, next came La-Z-Boy furniture upholsterer for about five years, then a chemical liquid production mixer job for about two years before going to upholster for a boat company. Got laid off for the first time in my life there and decided I was going to get some training at the laborer's union. Got certified in OSHA, Hazardous Materials, Asbestos worker, and Radiological worker, but still no doors opened. Spent countless dollars a month just to be on a worker call list that never panned anything out either. The boat place called me back about six months later and that is where I toil for now. Oh yeah, it seems to threaten to layoff or close down every year. Been there for seven years. Yeah Ive aquired some skills in upholstery and yes I am good at it, I can cover nearly anything you put in front of me, but I guarantee if I could have done it again, I'd march my zit covered face straight to that military branch officer and say, "REPORTING FOR DUTY SIR!" Point is, this is how the civilian job market is, there is nothing definite and you may get lucky to work at one place averaging about two years a site if you don't get laid off first. So if you can stay put and get your training or credits where your at, do it and do it right, steer clear of the normal temptations that may corrupt your career path. I believe your on the right path in the forensics and cyber security fields of study in this day and time. Good luck sister and thanks for your service.

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Ericka, welcome to PL from the snowy and chilly midwest.

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Welcome to P.L. from N.E. Montana. Thanks for your service and good luck in your future endeavors.


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 Welcome to PL from New Jersey. Thank you for your service. 

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