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    Just curious if anyone out there has been through a similar situation and what you're doing now. The short of it is that I "washed out" of the FTO program with county. I guess I shouldn't be surprised considering we were warned that only half of the boots make it off probation. Ever since I have had an uphill battle trying to get any sort of job back in LE, which I should expect because at the end of the day I quit. But I have realized after much self reflection that I still have a desire to be a cop and that I am confident in my decision to leave. I have put in for smaller departments in the area and even corrections jobs, to no avail. I get that departments have to look at candidates from a liability standpoint, but there has to be the consideration that a previous department might have failed the trainee rather than assuming the opposite. I digress; I think letting some time pass could be helpful (even though being patient is the hardest thing to do at this point) and that applying to other regions could be in my best interest. Let me know your thoughts.
    Last edited by beaujangles; 01-12-2020, 12:47 PM.

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    beaujangles that depends. You say at the end of the day you quit? Can you dive a little deeper? Were you in FTO and decide this is not the career for you? Where you let go because of some issues out in the field? I am not an officer but I know the background detectives I have spoke to they say its very expensive to get an applicant through the hiring process and into the field and if you decided to up and quit you may have a hard time justifying that to a department who is going to spend money on you to get you back out there with other officers.

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      Originally posted by beaujangles View Post
      Just curious if anyone out there has been through a similar situation and what you're doing now. The short of it is that I "washed out" of the FTO program with county. I guess I shouldn't be surprised considering we were warned that only half of the boots make it off probation. Ever since I have had an uphill battle trying to get any sort of job back in LE, which I should expect because at the end of the day I quit. But I have realized after much self reflection that I still have a desire to be a cop and that I am confident in my decision to leave. I have put in for smaller departments in the area and even corrections jobs, to no avail. I get that departments have to look at candidates from a liability standpoint, but there has to be the consideration that a previous department might have failed the trainee rather than assuming the opposite. I digress; I think letting some time pass could be helpful (even though being patient is the hardest thing to do at this point) and that applying to other regions could be in my best interest. Let me know your thoughts.
      Plenty of my friends washed out of FTO with WSP and were picked up by other departments. But you do need to be real with yourself: why did you wash out? Glaring officer safety issues? Unable to be confident with violators? I can tell you for a fact that if it's officer safety related, you're SOL. Best bet at that point is to go into another career field.
      "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."- George S. Patton Jr.

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        From what I have seen, a lot of Officers/Deputies that wash out of an F.T.O program from fast paced agencies generally do well with a slower paced agency.

        It's on the west side of the state but I'd suggest looking at smaller Snohomish County agencies such as Brier, MLT, Mukilteo and Edmonds. Those agencies have all hired certified entry officers (candidates who have less than 2 years experience with academy certificate).

        And yes, a lot of agencies take into consideration that some agencies have really difficult FTO programs. But to be blunt, if you were a soup sandwich during FTO, you might have to face reality and go somewhere you really don't want to go to prove yourself.
        Last edited by jyong23; 01-13-2020, 12:05 PM.

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