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    My question is, how far in advance should I start seriously applying to departments? I am currently in the Air Force serving as a Security Forces Officer. I have a degree in psychology from USAFA and have another 2 years or so until I am looking to get out. I really want to get a job somewhere in the Washington/Oregon area or in Colorado. So how far out should I start applying, and what things should I be doing between now and then to get myself prepared? Thanks ahead of time.

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    Sir,
    My guess would be about a year out. That way you got plenty of time to study for tests, get your PT up where you are comfortable, test and go through the background investigation. The average I have seen is 6 months but I've seen as long as a year.

    You should have most of it licked. You got the experience and the education. I would say about the only thing is again, get your PT up to where you feel you could pass nearly any Police Physical Agility. Some can be pretty tough.

    Sir, what about Texas? We got some fantastic departments here! All in what you want to do and where you want to be twenty years from now.

    Good luck! If I can help, feel free to email me!

    HOOAH! AIRBORNE, SIR!
    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day that my child may have peace"
    Thomas Paine

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    • #3
      Around here it takes about 7 months to 13 months from start to finish. I think a year is a safe bet. Going a little early for the experience isn't a bad idea either.

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        Dayshifter has a good point.
        You cannot beat the experience of going through the process. The oral
        board is usually a good place to get flamed. All boards are different
        but there are those few that stand out as, "Man, I don't want to ever
        go in that room again!"

        Sir,
        It will be good experience. As you well know, you can't BS a seasoned
        police officer and the oral boards are great learning grounds. Just
        don't go like you own the world - that will get the heat turned up in
        a very quick fashion and your lonely seat in the middle of the room,
        will get even more lonely.
        "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day that my child may have peace"
        Thomas Paine

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