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    I'm looking to start a career in law enforcement but I would like to be working in the k-9 unit. I'm going to school majoring in criminal justice and will be looking into going to the police academy in Nevada. What other steps do I need to take to become part of the k-9 unit? Also...it doesn't look like there are any female k-9 officers in the Las Vegas law enforcement department..... do they usually only hire males for that kind of position?

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    Megan--

    K-9 is usually a competitive position that you have to bust your *** to get. You will probably need 5-7 years on the job and a stronge recommendation from your superiors to be considered. But good luck. A good way to get in the good graces of the K-9 handlers is to volunteer for training scenarios and helping out around the kennels.
    If you won't stand behind our troops, PLEASE, feel free to stand in front of them.

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    • #3
      well first you have to get hired as cop
      then you have to prove you are a good cop who is aggresive and makes good tactical decisions. Then you can test for K9 ussualy 3-7 years into your career...good luck
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      • #4
        Oh yeah a couple of more things.. at least around my state I know of several female officers who ran K9....but why do you want to be a k9 handler??? Its a lot of extra work, you get sent on the more dangerours calls.. and you are expected to be extremely aggressive you will be tracking suspects thought the heat the rain the snow the swamps the mountians you name you are expected to want to do that stuff......so again why is you want to be a K9 handler, and have you ever done a ride along with a K9 unit? Holy smokes I thought I wanted to do that until I learned how much time off duty it soaks up..eeep
        Happy to be here proud to serve

        "Well it appears this lock does not accept american express."

        Never trust fire fighters to point out a suspect.

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        • #5
          I figured that it would be several years in duty before I could be a k-9 handler. That works out just fine for me in my personal live anyway. As far as I've heard many of the police officers actually take their k-9 partner home with them as part of the family. Well.. I have a 4 year old rescued rat terrier and I wouldn't want to bring in another dog until after she passes away.

          I haven't actually talked to a k-9 officer yet...I know there is tons of training done with the dog off duty. I'm also very interested in someday being certified in search and rescue.

          The hard part right now...is convincing my family that me persuing a career in law enforcement is a good idea. They think that I should be a writter or a biologist. lol.

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          • #6
            The look of pride when I told my stepdad that I was going after a "Criminal Justice" degree. Poor, Dumb Bastard thought I was going to law school.

            Before deciding law enforcement is what you want to do, you should do some ride-alongs with different agencies.
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            • #7
              Well the school that I'm going to...to get a degree in law enforcement...you actually have to do internships to complete your credits.

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              • #8
                That's cool.

                Here's one thing I've learned. A CJ degree will get you a job, it will not get you promoted. When you finish your CJ, go after a management degree.

                Oh, is it hot in Vegas?
                If you won't stand behind our troops, PLEASE, feel free to stand in front of them.

                If you won't get an *** whoopin' with me, you're gonna get one from me---stolen

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                • #9
                  ssssooooooo hot... it registered 119 degrees on my car. Which, by the way, is a former detective car. My chrysler LHS, my friends call it the "granny car" but it really has some get-up-and-go. Not.. that.. I speed.. or anything.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by m_chevy
                    Here's one thing I've learned. A CJ degree will get you a job, it will not get you promoted. When you finish your CJ, go after a management degree.
                    Good lord, when are you people going to stop spouting that crap? These took about 3 minutes to find;

                    http://www.officer.com/jobs/detail.j...null&pageNum=1

                    http://www.officer.com/jobs/detail.j...null&pageNum=1

                    http://www.officer.com/jobs/detail.j...null&pageNum=1
                    Talk sense to a fool, and he will call you foolish - Euripides

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                    • #11
                      Maybe by "not get you promoted" he meant Emperor of the World. Which is what I'm going to be some day.

                      Vegas, Good luck with that. I thought about being K9 til I saw how much they have to work. It's the cloest thing I've seen to a 24 hour a day job in our line of work. It's something you've really got to want. I'd follow the advice already given. Be a cop first. Who knows? You may finding something else you like even more. Just go one step at a time. Good luck!
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                      • #12
                        Hey Megan,
                        I know for a fact here in Vegas you have to have about two years service in patrol before you can transfer to a specialty unit. And then the waiting list is phenomenal here in Vegas, not quite sure the waiting time,but its long. If ya have anymore questions,drop me a line.

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                        • #13
                          Squad51 nailed it. You have to have a true love and, maybe even, an obsession for K9, and expect to be bit! It is a ton of work but it is also the best job in law enforcement. Become a great street cop, well-known to others on your beat and your supervisor. That is step number one and the most important step. There are other little things to help you along, like volunteering in the unit, take some scenarios, volunteer at a local shelter, having a dog of your own that you handled (hunting, competitive K9 sports, etc).

                          It is VERY competitive, you have to be good...

                          K9

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                          • #14
                            I have a very big background with animals. Right now I'm working as an Animal Care Specialist. I've always had dogs. My previous dog before Roxie (my rat terrier) was Autumn and she was a rescued white german shepherd. She was the most amazing dog...I swear she could read my mind. But she always had the obsession with biting the boyfriends on their behinds. She never bit hard...never left a mark, she just liked scaring them. I'd actually love working Humane Law Enforcement...but we just have animal control out here... (which is basically what HLE is) but it doesn't pay anything. I know to make any real money you work hard and move up the ladder....but I think I'll talk to different departments...intern and get a feel for what would be best for me.

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                            • #15
                              I've never heard of departments using female cainies for tracking. There have been some drug/bomb sniffers that are female. I figure it may depend on the breed.

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