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    Besides joining a Police Explorer program or a Police Cadet program, what are other ways to gaining experience in the law enforcement field?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Law27 View Post
    Besides joining a Police Explorer program or a Police Cadet program, what are other ways to gaining experience in the law enforcement field?
    No such thing at your age. It's called a degree, the higher the better.

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    • #3
      So you are saying there is no other way besides those two programs and getting a degree to get experience to put on a resume?

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      • #4
        Explorers is good for High School ages, Cadets is good for 18 - 20, and being Aux or Reserve would be good for 21+.... But other than those, no, there is no other experience.
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        • #5
          Internships give a student an OVERVIEW of what the job is like.........it is not expereince

          Reserve or Auxiliary positions give a type of experience that MIGHT or might not be "counted" as experience by a hiring authority

          Some agency's have CSO's or Community Service Officers.............or something like that
          Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

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          • #6
            Breaking the law gets some alot of experience.just the wrong type

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Law27 View Post
              So you are saying there is no other way besides those two programs and getting a degree to get experience to put on a resume?
              Yes. You need 2 things:

              1. Education.

              2. To stay out of ALL trouble.

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              • #8
                If you're under 18 Explorers is a good option.

                If you're 18 joining the military for 3-4 years is a good option IF you want to serve, but don't join if you're just padding the resume.

                If you want to do college, joining the Guard or Reserve then attending college is a good option... again, IF you want to serve.

                Joining as an MP isn't bad but really not necessary. Picking a career field you can use if LE doesn't work out, or that you will enjoy if you decide to stay in, works just as well. Likewise, studying Criminal Justice isn't necessarily the best option. Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration, Business Administration, Information Technology all have their uses in and outside of police work... and if math or physics is your thing that's OK, too.

                There are a few agencies here that want "LE" focused degrees, but that isn't the norm. Generally any sort of college work is acceptable... and of course the Natural Resource agencies: game wardens, park officers, etc often want life science type degrees.

                If the military isn't your thing, going to college and working as a student employee for your campus PD as a security aid or whatever isn't bad. If that doesn't work out any sort of regular or part time job shows reliability and responsibility.
                Last edited by tanksoldier; 04-28-2014, 08:32 PM.
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                • #9
                  You might be able to apply for a Parking Enforcement position or volunteer for a local PAL program. Some of our local Sheriff's departments have volunteer search & rescue that you might also be eligible for.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Law27 View Post
                    So you are saying there is no other way besides those two programs and getting a degree to get experience to put on a resume?







                    Here's what we're saying. Both Explorers and Police Cadet programs are good exposure to law enforcement in general. Add to that, an internship with an LE agency.

                    It's been noted to you that education is essential. That means a degree, and that preferably should be a four year degree. No, it doesn't have to be in CJ, just about any academic discipline will aid you in becoming a competitive candidate.

                    While attending college, you should look into an internship or part time employment with the campus/university police department. Many college/university departments offer these opportunities to students.

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                    • #11
                      Education and being bilingual
                      (preferably a language that has a large population of native speakers in the area you want to work in)
                      Here it would be ASL, and Spanish.
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                      • #12
                        Thank you all for the feedback! I truly appreciate it and will take everything to heart and consideration!

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