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  • I need some advice, and I have some questions.

    Hello all!

    My name is Andrew, and I'm new the forums here. I am 16 years old, I have a Driver's License, and I have a job as a Cashier at H-E-B (large grocery store chain in Texas). Since I've been working there for about 4-5 months, I have worked many extra days, and I have never been absent. I plan on keeping a great work record with H-E-B, and I plan on keeping a great driving record. I've been driving for a total of about 10 months, and I've yet to receive a citation or a Warning, and I've never been in a wreck. I plan on keeping it that way.


    I also have zero criminal history, I have never done any type of drug, and I don't plan to, either. I plan on being a Police Officer when I graduate from High School. About 2 months after I graduate, I'll turn 19 years old. I plan on working working with H-E-B until I'm around 20 years old. Then I wish to enter a Police Accademy, and get a job as a small town cop in my current town of about 12,000 people, and 16 officers. I'm taking various Criminal Justice classes in High School, and as I said... I plan on maintaining a great, even perfect, record on everything I do.

    There is a small problem though, I'm not in shape at all. I'm not fat, in fact, I'm underweight. I am extremely interested in being a Police Officer, and I know I need to start working out and running, but I have a long way to go. I can't even jog 2-3 laps without stopping or walking, and I don't believe I can lift over 80 lbs. What else do I need to be doing in order to better my chances of getting into an Accademy, and have a career as a Police Officer? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    I do, however, have a few questions:

    1. I'm nervous about the polygraph tests. I have done some things that were wrong when I was around 12 or 13. Like minor vandalism. However, I never did get caught doing it. And I heard the polygraph tests ask you if you have broken the law... what about that?

    2. What is the full definition of "Child Pornography"? I've seen people around my age do things on the Internet like kiss, but I've never viewed any naked pictures. Is that what they are talking about?

    3. What if I get nervous on the polygraph test, and even though I'm telling the truth, the needles jump, and they think I may be lying?

    4. I've heard from some people that once people are Police Officers on patrol for a few years, they start to hate it, and dislike it, and want to get away from patrol really badly, is that true? Do you like being on patrol? I also ride out with Officers frequently.

    Hmmm, that's about all I can think of at the moment. Just please give me some basic advice on how I can achieve my goal, and dream, of becomming a Police Officer.

    Thank you.

  • #2
    Have some questions.

    Let's take first things first. Finish High School, and do it with good grades. You're to be commended for your work efforts and ethic, but don't let it get in the way of your education. As far as your physical fitness is concerned, keep in mind that at 16, you're still growing. There are many physical activities you can become involved in. Check with one of your coaches or PE instructors for some advice here, and be certain that you're medically okay to do the programs. Many law enforcement agencies sponsor Boy Scout Explorer Programs. Check into these, and become active if you can. If your school or church has a community service or outreach program, become active in these. These will give you some insight into the "service" aspect of law enforcement. When you have your High School diploma, you might consider a tour in the Armed Forces. A successful tour of duty in the Armed Forces is very often, the first step in a law enforcement career. As far as the things you mentioned in the "past"are concerned, I wouldn't be too concerned about that. Simply be honest on your application and in your interviews.

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    • #3
      You have plenty of time to get into shape.

      About the polygraph, be honest and tell the truth. If you lie about it, dont even apply.

      Child pornagraphy It defines itself.

      I was nervous when i took a polygraph, just be honest.

      Well, i have been on patrol for several years, and like the job. What people in my dept. hate is the politics involved.

      Hope I was helpfull an answering some of your questions

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      • #4
        Andrew,you're off to a good start. As far as your questions , you're no different than any other applicant. Yuor "kid stuff" at 12 or 13, while wrong, i don't think is a major concern, though I wouldn't hide it from the background inv. Child ponography is just that. Picture Playboy ( I KNOW you know what is ) with kids your age & younger. That's a definite "no-no". The polygraph will "jump" if you lie, but the person operating the machine also realizws people are nervous & it's his job to ask the correct questions & interpret the results. As far as offs. getting tired of patrol work, it does happen. However many offs. find being on the "front line" more exciting & rewarding ,so they happily stay in Patrol. If I were you I'd look into your Dept.'s Explorer Program or if they don't have one,see if you could get them to establish one through their Community Relations Bureau. That would give you some first hand experience.

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        • #5
          Alright. Thank you for the responses so far, I highly appreciate it, and I'd like to hear some more.

          I have some more questions...

          What is the explorer program? I already participate in riding out with Officers frequently. Is that what it is?

          Also, I heard that a lot of Departments won't hire you if you don't have any "Experience", even after you graduate from the accademy. So, how do you gain "Experience"?

          And, is learning the names and locations of streets hard? Does it take a long time? Thanks again!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Capn Circus
            Alright. Thank you for the responses so far, I highly appreciate it, and I'd like to hear some more.

            I have some more questions...

            What is the explorer program? I already participate in riding out with Officers frequently. Is that what it is?

            Also, I heard that a lot of Departments won't hire you if you don't have any "Experience", even after you graduate from the accademy. So, how do you gain "Experience"?

            And, is learning the names and locations of streets hard? Does it take a long time? Thanks again!
            Capn: Slow Down There. You have lots of time. Listen, not every police agency can possibly insist on experienced police officers for new hires. Somebody must hire inexperienced guys. Otherwise, nobody new people would never get hired, and we'd have run out of cops a long time ago.

            Don't worry about learning the street names, the ten code, fingerprinting or handcuffing techniques. Get yourself a solid broad-based education. Learn to write. Learn history. Learn Spanish. Need I say it...but learn English too.

            Don't sweat the polygraph. The polygraphist is trained to differentiate between normal nervousness and deception. That juvenile stuff will not DQ you. Lastly, get some sound advise on your fitness program. Talk to a High School coach. Under the circumstances, I'm sure he'd be more than happy to help you out.

            Your zeal is admirable, but keep in mind that lots of young people change thier career choice, several times over in fact. And that's OK too. Relax a little. Your doing fine.
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            • #7
              I think MDPA9 said it best, but I'll tell you something elso too. When I started the acadamy I was about forty pounds overweight I could rattle off pushups like a madman, but I couldn't do the situps or run for $h!#. Every night after class, I would work out with anybody that was staying behind. Our class made a club out of it. We had a two mile course laid out that circled the acadamy. We would run it every day twice. During breaks we would do push ups and sit ups in the hallways. My point is I busted *** to get into shape. My first mile and a half run was twenty minutes On the day of my physical assesment I ran the mile and ahalf in 10:21. Breezed through the pushups and situps. You can get into shape if you work hard. In that time I also lost thirty pounds. It will take a lot of hard work to get into shape. You may not even think it's working. But you may surprise yourself. There may be days that you don't want to work out but do it. As long as you sincerely try, then there's no such thing as failure. Or dishoner-Good luck
              "Well I'm here now, so deal with it."

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