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Law Enforcement - May 24th 2012, 06:30 AM

Was a bit bored and have some down time so I thought I would make this post. If anyone is at all interested in having a career in the future as law enforcement and had any questions on what it takes and what to suspect or anything at all feel free to ask I would be more then happy to answer.
   
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Re: Law Enforcement - May 24th 2012, 09:02 AM

Well I have a question if you don't mind asking. Do you need a college degree to go into Police Academy?


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Re: Law Enforcement - May 24th 2012, 02:39 PM

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Well I have a question if you don't mind asking. Do you need a college degree to go into Police Academy?
Hey Maverick, It all depends on what department you are wanting to work for. Some require a high school diploma / G.E.D. others 60 college unit all the way up to wanting bachelors degree.

It's always good to have some sort of degree under your belt to help you stand out from the pack. When it comes to finding a job after the academy it can be 40+ people applying for a small amount of position so an advantage you have is a big one!
   
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Re: Law Enforcement - May 24th 2012, 05:18 PM

Just don't get a degree in Criminal Justice if you do want to go LEO. Get something in business or something, that's what higher ups want.

Mav, you can also sponsor yourself to get through POST and apply to departments straight up. There's a lot you can get hired at super easy if you pay for yourself to get through.


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Re: Law Enforcement - May 24th 2012, 08:33 PM

A degree in criminal justice if just fine for becoming a street level officer that is what my major was in school, of course if you plan on promoting in the future a degree higher then an associates in a administrative field would be highly desirable as TJ said.
   
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Re: Law Enforcement - May 25th 2012, 03:38 PM

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Hey Maverick, It all depends on what department you are wanting to work for. Some require a high school diploma / G.E.D. others 60 college unit all the way up to wanting bachelors degree.

It's always good to have some sort of degree under your belt to help you stand out from the pack. When it comes to finding a job after the academy it can be 40+ people applying for a small amount of position so an advantage you have is a big one!
I also want to add that there are many different kinds of LEO's. If you want to work for a county as a LEO, then you most likely will need a 2-4 year degree. If you want to work for a State as a LEO, then you most likely need a 4 year degree. If you want to work for a federal agency, then you NEED a 4 year degree. However, California is right; it depends on the department.


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Re: Law Enforcement - May 25th 2012, 07:43 PM

I'm looking to be a US Federal Marshall. I need a 4 year degree and some years of experience under my belt. I was thinking to start as a detective in a local police agency. Would that be viable?


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Re: Law Enforcement - May 28th 2012, 12:56 AM

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I'm looking to be a US Federal Marshall. I need a 4 year degree and some years of experience under my belt. I was thinking to start as a detective in a local police agency. Would that be viable?


Most federal agencies don't higher until you are around 23 (which gives you about 2-3 years to gain experience from a department). So yes, once you graduate with a degree, get a department to higher you and sponsor you to attend the police academy. Once graduating the academy, you will be working at that department for 2-3 years (which is a decent amount of experience). Please note, before signing any contracts, look for how long they require you to work for that department. Most departments require you to work for that specific department for a certain of number of years in return for them sponsoring you in the academy (this was established when people joined departments, got sponsored, graduated the academy, and then left the department; which was a financial loss for the departments). Most departments have a requirement of 2-5 years in return for the sponsorship, so make sure you check.

Furthermore, make sure for those 2-3 years you work at that department that you do a great job. Federal departments will defiantly get in touch with your Chief and ask questions (without a doubt); so do your job to the best of your ability.


Now, on to the detective part: in most departments, you will have to be highered as a patrol officer first. Detectives are selected after a position within the department opens, and the officers that apply have additional training, and then are selected based on their ability to full that role. So the chance of you being a detective within 2-3 years are slim. Most detectives have been officers for that department for atleast 5-10 years before being selected for that role.



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