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Posted about 7 years ago

 

i want to become a cop and im getting out of the marine corps with and honorable discharge what should i start doing to prep to join!!!

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but i only have a high school deploma and am 19!!!

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At 19 your not going to be able to find anything as a street cop. Due to what most agencies feel is a maturity issue at ages younger then 21. Several options you could look at would be going back to school and getting a degree and also you could apply as a Dispatcher which is a great starter for a law enforcement career. If you could do both that would probably be your best option Part Time dispatching and school. More and more agencies want people who have degrees not only gets you more money but later in the career it helps if you want to promote. Also some of this stuff differs depending on where you live.

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Depending on what type of LE job you want and the state you live in, most Police Departments prefer or require a college degree. In Pa. if you want to be a Police officer you pretty much have to put yourself through the police academy at your own expense ($2,500) and hope that you test better than the other 150 people taking the civil service test. Very few departments in my area hire first and pay for the academy. Military points definitely help. There are some good books out there to help you prepare for police exams. I would start testing. Most people don't score well when they first start testing, so don't be discouraged. Good luck.


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While looking Sir, I would start some schooling in Law Enforcement at a good college. The age is the issue, but get a degree if you can while you have time. Something to fall back on in case of a injury on the beat. But if you are a Marine, then alot of jobs will be there. I hope this helps some.


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Sarge101 made some great points as well. Where are you from again, and I will try to help with info if your close to my area?


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Pentlin..here in Indiana, you must be at least 21, but not older than 35...Your prior military experience is a bonus. I am currently a staff instructor at the academy here...you can tell the difference between prior military and kids that dicked off then applied. Anyway check us out at http://www.fwpd.org
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In Florida you can join, but as everyone else before stated getting a college degree is very important.

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I Am 8 And I Have A Master Degree

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I want to become an officer but am 26 and only have a HS diploma. What are the odds of a department wanting to hire me? Of course I wouldnt apply until after I attended the police academy.

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Stormie: Age discrimination is not allowed :-) I went through the academy at the age of 42, had only a HS diploma plus the college hours awarded through the academy. It took me 1year to get hired, but I was competing against a lot of people as we have 2 academies in the KC metro, and 2 more within 60 miles. The biggest thing about getting a degree is how it affects you career path. A street cop doesn't have to have a degree, but if you want to advance past sergeant you better go to college. It sure won't hurt you as a line cop, either, but don't let the lack of a degree hold you back. Go for it!


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I would recommend you getting a college degree and doing a ride along program to make sure this is what you really want to do for a career. The job is fun but it also has its bad days. Your heart must really be into this profession to be able to succeed. The key thing to me is making sure that myself and all others I work with go home at the end of each shift the way that we left home.

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Stormie your still in your prime so you should be ok.

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Fairfax County, VA has a recruit / cadet position until age 21 and then at 21 or close to, you'll have a paid academy.


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BTW... no college exp required here... I didn't go and I get paid really well as it is. But it's always a good thing to get a degree, or so I'm told.


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TejasTRex said:

BTW... no college exp required here... I didn't go and I get paid really well as it is. But it's always a good thing to get a degree, or so I'm told.

Tejas TRex I heard you guys make good money there in Fairfax County. Here in Pittsylvania Copunty the jury is still out on that. Question, being that I am already virginia certified does that play a role in where you are placed and how much pay you receive.

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i'm 3 years on and am at 58 base. Then all the OT I can handle... Well, screw pitts and come to ffx! :P


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Sweet, 58 base plus all the ot you want. I can do that. do you guys have apps. on your website. I may consider the option of relocating. SERIOUSLY

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www.fairfaxcounty.gov/sheriff if you are interested in sheriff's office (primarily corrections based) or if you want to go PD, they have openings there too.


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Hey Lawman, email me and I can hook you up with a recruiter here to get more info for your specific questions. XOXO I'm off here for a bit. CHOW!


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thanx for the info, and im from kansas and am leaving iraq in about 2 months, so what would be the best way to get started with everything b/c i want to do my best.

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Find out who in your area of choice is hiring. Go to their website to see what they offer. Check with someone in that department for the direct truths about that department. check with other departments. In other words weigh your options and don't settle. There are plenty of excellent departments out there that could benefit from you and you from them as well. Basically check around.

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I always suggest getting your degree first. If you're dead set on a job though, check out www.usajobs.gov and look up border patrol agent.


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The Metropolitan Police Department in Wshington DC is waiving the college credits for military experience right now. You do need to be 21 by the time you graduate from the academy, and they pay while you're in the academy. Depending where in the city you go after you graduate you will get tons of experience thrown upon you from the break. You can check it out at www.mpdc.dc.gov

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Thanks for all the great advice. ;-)