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    Is it a huge disadvantage to be an out of state resident, testing in WI against people that are academy certified?

    Any insight on this would be helpful.

    Thanks!

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    Originally posted by Bman4130 View Post
    Is it a huge disadvantage to be an out of state resident, testing in WI against people that are academy certified?

    Any insight on this would be helpful.

    Thanks!
    In short, residency will not be the disadvantage, just not being eligible/certified will be depending on the department. In general the bigger departments (MKE, Madison, State Patrol, MKE County, Dane County (Madison), etc) that put you through their own academy, it won't make a difference. Some of the smaller ones will sponsor you through an academy if they don't have one, many of them will expect you to be eligible to be certified if you're not already. In WI, if you attend an academy through a tech school for example you have 2 or 3 years that you're eligible to be certified by getting hired. If you do not within that time, you have to do the academy over again. The process always was competitive and IS even more so in the last several years with the state of the economy. More people in the pool of candidates and thus anyone who's eligible or certified will usually have a leg up on people who are not in smaller departments. I should also say, for the bigger depts., having a 2 or 4 year degree in C.J. or something of that nature will often put you ahead anyone who doesn't regardless of where you're from.

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