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  • How old is too old to become an officer?

    Hi - new to the forum and looking into switching careers and becoming a police officer at the ripe old age of 34. I've no particular interest in federal law enforcement (strong local ties prevent me from moving), and I'd love to work for the local county police department.

    From reading plenty of posts here, many of you joined up in your early twenties, or perhaps later with some military experience. Sadly, I have none of that.

    Do you guys see many "older" recruits, and if so, how do they normally handle things? I guess we have the mental maturity and life experience on our side, but do older recruits fit in socially and professionally with the department?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
    Last edited by mantaraymond; 11-07-2008, 11:28 AM.

  • #2
    The department I used to work for had a ton of older guys go through the academy. I am talking 50-60 years old. Never too late to start.

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    • #3
      This past summer the CT State Police graduated a 53-year-old trooper.

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      • #4
        34 is not to old...at all. At 34 you would still have to do 21 years to retire at the normal age of 55. Go for it.

        Hell, I'm 37, feel like I'm 25, and ready to keep on hittin' the streets. Do it.
        "Let's walk down there and F!$#@ 'em all"....Hodges (Colors)

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        • #5
          I came on at 38, after 20 years in the Navy.

          We hada guy come on a few years ago, age 58..retired from 30 with Verizon. One of our best FTOs.....

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          • #6
            Go for it, I started the academy when I was 34

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            • #7
              I just got sworn in at 36, Best career move I ever made.
              At the academy I think we had more recruits over 30 than under.
              Where in VA are you looking?

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              • #8
                I'm retired from the Coast Guard and while on active duty was a Special Agent with Coast Guard Investigative Services. I'm 54 now and less than a month away from graduating from a law enforcement academy here in west Texas. I'm the oldest in my class by more than 20 years. If I can do it, anyone can!

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                • #9
                  I just retired at 53 and sorry, but I just can't see starting this career in one's 50's. There may be people that are in good enough shape to get through an academy, but with the shift hours, working weekends and holidays, etc...guys and women in this age range seem to get burned out real quick.

                  Entering LE in one's 30's is a whole different thing. Most newer officers I've seen in this age range are still in pretty good shape, young enough to learn new "tricks" and mature enough to avoid a lot of problems that officers in their 20's seem to experience. At "34", I'd say go for it!
                  "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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                  • #10
                    I am starting the academy in January 2009 and I am 34. I know of a guy who is 49 and going through the academy now.

                    Never too late.

                    Aaron

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                    • #11
                      At 71, "Officer Wes" is still on the beat

                      Don't ask Seattle police Officer Wes Ferris if he's planning to retire.

                      He's not. At 71, he says, he's too young.

                      Besides, he feels great, loves his job and can't imagine what else he'd do.

                      http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...rancop10m.html
                      "We're not in this business for the money. We're not in it for the excitement, and moments like this. Duty, honor, country, service, truth, and justice are good. But you can do that from behind a desk. In the end, you carry a gun and shield out into the field for the sole purpose of confronting the bad guys. The enemy. There is no other reason to be on the front lines." ~Nelson Demille

                      If your story involves Peanut Butter and an animal - give up now!
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                      • #12
                        One of my best shift partners was a guy that was 70 when he retired. Tough as nails. A powerlifter. He only looked like he was in his late 40's though. Great guy miss having him around. I have a trainee right now that is 50.
                        The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cgh6366 View Post
                          Don't ask Seattle police Officer Wes Ferris if he's planning to retire.

                          He's not. At 71, he says, he's too young.

                          Besides, he feels great, loves his job and can't imagine what else he'd do.

                          http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...rancop10m.html
                          I love hearing him log into service as a Victor Unit at the local QFC; after he's logged, radio always gives him a flirty, "Hiiiii Weeeesss!"

                          To the OP, I came on at 31 after a 5 year stint as a probation counselor, the oldest guy we had in our academy class was 42. pulicords said it well, you most likely have more maturity than the younger 20 somethings, definitely more life experience, but aren't too set in your ways of doing things to not learn new tricks.

                          Let us know how it goes for you!

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                          • #14
                            Your age isn't the problem.

                            Your drug history and willingness to lie to obtain the job will keep you out.
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                            I don't agree with your opinion, but I respect its straightforwardness in terms of wrongness.

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                            • #15
                              Oooof! Just looked at his other thread in the recruitment section. Dear lord what a heel.

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