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Old 01-04-2010, 10:42 PM
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Old 01-04-2010, 10:47 PM
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:13 PM
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You are not to old. It just depends on the department. Some departments want the younger "hook em and book em" officers, Others want older officer with life experience. When I went to the academy one guy was 50 years young. There is a guy at my current department in his 60's and still going strong.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:26 PM
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You are not to old. It just depends on the department. Some departments want the younger "hook em and book em" officers, Others want older officer with life experience. When I went to the academy one guy was 50 years young. There is a guy at my current department in his 60's and still going strong.
thats good to know, because when I retire at 41 I want to be an LEO. I was wondering how that would work out.
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CHP cuttoff is 35 years old....but most depts seem to understand the advantages to older candidates. If you can get through the process and do the Job....
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There was a 46 year old former pastor in my class that got picked up by a SoCal municipal department after the academy.

Also if you dont get picked up right away try reserve to get your foot in the door. Then try to lateral over to full time.
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I just heard about a 54yr old getting picked up by San Diego SD. Gotta be tough to go to the academy at that age.
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thats good to know, because when I retire at 41 I want to be an LEO. I was wondering how that would work out.
Thats what my FTO did....he retired at 45, and became a cop.
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I did the academy at 52, and currently work as a Patrol Reserve Deputy. Would I, Could I go full time? If regular day job dried up, yes.
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^^we all know you could go full time!^^ Its worth a shot. Why not?
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When I went thru the academy, we had a classmate from Inglewood who had been a reserve with them and was not trying to be a full timer. He was 52.

He wasn't able to score the minimum points during one of the physical agility tests taken during the academy, so he was recycled to the next class. He graduated 6 weeks after us and went on to a good career from what I heard.

I was told once, while in foot pursuit of a bad guy, the bad guy hopped a wooden fence in a rear yard. The leo couldn't due to his size (bit overweight), so he ran into the fence and knocked the whole thing down instead.

He caught the bad guy.
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When I went thru the academy, we had a classmate from Inglewood who had been a reserve with them and was not trying to be a full timer. He was 52.

He wasn't able to score the minimum points during one of the physical agility tests taken during the academy, so he was recycled to the next class. He graduated 6 weeks after us and went on to a good career from what I heard.

I was told once, while in foot pursuit of a bad guy, the bad guy hopped a wooden fence in a rear yard. The leo couldn't due to his size (bit overweight), so he ran into the fence and knocked the whole thing down instead.

He caught the bad guy.
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Old 01-06-2010, 3:51 PM
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There were a couple guys in my class way back when that were post 40, one was retired Navy.

38 is not too old.... at all.
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no. i am retired leo at 38 and when i went threw the academy in 2000, there was a guy who was a vietnam vet who passed and became a deputy.
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You are not too old. I am 40 years old and going through the hiring process as I write this. If my lazy butt can do it, so can you. Never ever give up!!
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I think your age is very appropriate for law enforcement, as long you have done some life accomplishments and have kept a clean record. I think it works both ways, young people want to get into L.E but they have something shady in their short past, vice versa.
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My friend joined OPD at 40 and several co-workers started at 41, so I wouldn't think it should stop you unless you' re out of shape, lack life experience, no education and have previous arrest record. If it's a knee jerk career choice, look carefully and do some run along with several local PD. Is your family behind you in this choice?
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We have Reserves in their 70's lol. Well, they look like they are in their 70's, may be late 60's.
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If Im not mistaken... Only State and Federal Law Enforcement Positions have age restrictions vs. City and County which do not.

e.g. California State Highway Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigations have a 35yrs (I believe) and 37yrs respectively.
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Old 01-16-2010, 6:59 AM
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I have seen and trained many military retirees in the academy. Some of them were "older" (passed 40), but had better attitude than the "young kids". I think many agencies lifted upper age limits.
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as long as you can do it you never to old prove them wrong
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