Anyone every considered law enforcement?

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  1. nasimi77

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    I just found myself checking out police department web sites. Seems like they always need officers. It's a job I considered a few years back, but never looked into it. I guess now with things being so bad, I'm checking out this option as well. Just wondered what anyone thinks of this. Especially if you are female.
     
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    It's not something I'd enjoy. I think detective work would be fun, but I think you have to move through the ranks to get there....And I'm just too worried about the possibility of getting hurt.
     
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    I'm like you...I think I'd love detective work. However yes, most detectives have to work patrol for at least a few years.
     
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    I just quit a job of 10 years in the criminal justice sector - although not law enforcement it was closely related (State Corrections). Would never do it again - and my degree is in in Criminal Justice!

    You think teachers are overworked and underpaid? You aint seen nothing yet! There is a reason why LEA's are perpetually hiring.
     
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    I think I'd love it. I did firefighting for several years and loved that. I love cops shows, listening to my scanner, excitement.
     
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    This is the area that my dh is going into. He has a few more months left to get his BA.
     
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    Not my cup of tea, but I am sure glad there are other police officers and other people in law enforcement out there.
     
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    I'll second that emotion, bt.
     
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    I've always loved the law enforcement idea, but its definitely not for me as a job. After spending a weekend at a local police academy with a group of students during college, a tiny part of me was interested in pursuing something with psychology in the law enforcement area...but then I went back to my teaching practicum the next day and remembered why I've wanted to teach since I was 4.

    Good luck with your decision!
     
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    Do they have "alternative certification" for police officers? Haha. I'd do it if they do.
     
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    teachersk-most big cities have academcies that cadets go through in order to become a police officer.
     
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    In So Cal, LAPD is advertising heavily. It seems that this is the only area in Los Angeles that will not be cut back!

    I could never do police work, I have a hearing loss and wear hearing aids. I don't think I would qualify (not that I would want to...too much of a chicken :))
     
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    There is a Deaf police officer that works in Visalia, California. His name is Richard Bean and volunteers as a patrolman. My DW has heard of another Deaf man that worked part time as an officer. And here is a link about a Deaf police officer in Alaska --
    Deaf Man Realizes Dream of Becoming Cop
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    I worked with male felons in the GDC for several years--it was a trip--one I never want to take again!! It beat not having a job, but barely. There wasn't anything I didn't hear or see--if you know what I mean. Think long and hard! Someone has to do it, but as a female, I think it is a job for a man. It's like just anyone cannot be a teacher--you must love what you do to be a teacher.
     
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    I've been in law enforcement for several years and I am looking at going into teaching. It has nothing to do with being unhappy with the job, but rather the feeling that I'm not doing what I really want to do. I went to college with the desire to be a teacher. Somehow I ended up being a police officer. It is never to late to change though, and that is what I am looking at doing.

    There are days when I love my job and days that I hate it. That goes with any job I suppose. I would encourage anyone who thinks they might like a career in law enforcement to talk to an officer who is out of the "honeymoon" phase of their career and can tell you all the pros and cons.
     
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    Some days I feel like teaching and law enforcement have much in common!!
     
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    LOL. I actually do have a friend whose a cop with the LAPD. He said what we teachers do in his humble opinion is much harder. As he put it, "At least we get to carry a weapon around." :eek: I have to say though, I'm not so sure it's the job for me. I guess in these tough times I'm just considering other avenues. If I could work at the station doing admin work I wouldn't mind that. However, most of those jobs are through the city.....or you have to work patrol for a few years first.
     
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    My husband is law enforcement. Some of the things he has been through I don't think I could handle. There are women that do it, so maybe it is just me. :)
     
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    Wow, I would think that police work would be one of those professions that required a minimum in physical ability...but I'm still too chicken to be one :whistle:
     
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    My good friend is applying to be a cop in San Jose. He has to go through a couple of months of training and evaluations first, but they are hiring a lot of people. They take it very seriously. I talked on the phone for an hour to a reference person!!
     
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    I hear enough stories from my husband :) I'm certified science and considered taking forensics classes. I absolutely love that aspect of LE !
     

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