Changing Career Paths

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  1. hogger129

    hogger129 Active Member

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    I am considering changing career paths. This is due to my difficulty securing an apprenticeship - nobody is hiring anyone on as an apprentice and there is little work if any. I am thinking about going to school and trying to become a police officer. I have friends who were police officers. I want to be part of the community and put away the bad guys we all hate. What are some things to consider before I decide it's really what I want to do? Thanks.
  2. Agentwil

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    Good place to start looking is usajobs.opm.gov. This is where all federal jobs are listed and you can create your resume right online and start applying.
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    If I go to school and take all the classes I need to take, is there a good chance of getting a federal job right out of school? I mean my friend who was a LEO for years started as a patrolman and had to work his way up before he became a detective. I'd think they'd only hire people who have had experience and seniority. If I did become a LEO, that's what I'd want to be eventually is a detective.
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    Many departments want a person with at least a Associates degree in criminal justice because the department may not be able to afford to send a person to an academy. This is not true for large cities and many federal agencies because they have police academies to train personnel. You don't need a degree to be a Border Patrol Agent, Customs Officer or the forrest service. A degree helps but is not required. Look at the announcements closely.
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    I also heard that if you have traffic violations, you won't get hired. Is that true? I have had two speeding tickets my whole life and I heard numerous ones will de-qualify you from getting a job as a LEO.
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    I wouldn't think speeding tickets would diaqualify you.

    Now a DUI/DWI.....:eek:.... that might be a different story.


    If the LEO thing doesn't work... go to undertakers school... :eek:

    Therre will always be Bad guys & Dead guys... :p
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    I also heard that if you have traffic violations, you won't get hired. Is that true?

    It can be used as a disqualifier but usually not an issue.

    You need to be over the age of 18, no felonies or misdemeanors of domestic violence and a US citizen. Certain things can be a disqualifier such has a health issues, history of drug or alcohol abuse, ect.
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  8. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    You're only 23 so you dont have a career path yet. Just follow your aspirations and do what you gotta do. At your age you have the time to be whatever you want to be. Dont worry about a couple of speeding tickets.
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