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Posted 9 months ago

 

 This is my first post so hopefully im making the right move for my first post! 


My name is CPL Michael Hough, California born and raised. My ideal location to work as a police officer would be Southern California, specifically Orange County. However, I am being stationed in Quantico, VA for the last 2 years of my active duty military service. Can any LEO military vets provide some pointers on how I should go about the application process out of state? Thank you for your time.


 

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Mike,


     When you have about 3-4 months left on your active duty write and ask for an application from the Department(s) you wish to join. If these Departments require that you first attend and graduate from a Certified Police Academy then find out when these Acadamy starts and enroll as soon as you can after your release date.


In the meantime save your money so you can survive during the first year or so in case you are not getting paid while in school! You might look into a position as a reserve Officer in the immediate area where you are now at. One of the biggest reasons is to determine if in fact you really want to become a Police Officer. I have seen people who believed deep in their heart they wanted to become a cop and had looked forward to it all their life and after as little as a week on the job they quit because they just were not really prepared for what it was really like.


I had one guy quit the Reserves, (after spending 8 weeks in the Academy), on his very first day on his very first call. It happened to be a 'man with a gun' call and his partner had to shoot and kill the individual! As soon as I arrived as a Supervisor he walked up to me and without a word handed me his badge and gun and walked away! Now this doesn't happen very often it can and does happen on occasion and can be very traumatic.


I also might mention that this guy was really a great guy and I was looking forward to having him in my platoon. You see, he was a Marine and he was also a combat Veteran who had returned from 'nam about a year earlier. He was not a coward, this was just something he realized he did not want to have to do at home and this was not something he expected. I have also seen guys who I did not think would make a good cop as they were wishy-washy and it was just something to fill the time. They became great cops and remained cops going full-time later on and were pretty police-orientated in their lives and thoughts.


There are other veteran Officers here who will also chime in and help guide you in the process, both written and ideologically.

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Bump Robo.


In addition, I would start making inquiries now about that SoCal agency you want to work for. I mean actually call and talk to someone on the phone about your career plans. Not just an H/R person but maybe a captain or the chief of police. No kidding. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain as far as insight, planning and a track to run on.


Listen, you will need to be assertive in asking questions with these agencies. And, if you already know what academy that a specific agency is going to use, then call that academy. Talk, talk, talk..... communicate.


I wouldn't wait until the last few months of your deployment. Start talking now. And keep a journal of who you talked to, when you talked to them and what you talked about. You might have to refresh a few memories the closer you get to the end of your deployment.


Review your Deployment Guide and pay particular attention to Post-Deployment chapters, as well as the Reintegration Phase chapters. I have sent a link to your PM box to read up on stuff.


 


 


 


 


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You guys roxk! Thank you so much!

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Although many of us here are also veterans, thank you for YOUR service ! 


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Great! The more the merrier!


So do most departments sponsor you to go to the academy if they want to hire you? Or do you thinkbits best just to pay for an academy yourself and then apply?