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  • Am I TOO SHORT to be a Police Officer?

    Good Afternoon LE Officers of America,
    First off I would like to thank you on this signifigant day for all of the work that you do to protect the safety, heath, & security of mine and everyone else's lives on a daily basis. You would be suprised at how much respect, gratitude, & admiration I have for every LE officer out there that puts their own safety out there on the line on a daily basis to protect ours. I speak for everyone when I say "You are HEROES of the United States of America, Thank You .

    Now for my question. I would like to start off my giving you a little bit of background to understand the nature of my question. I would only like the testimony & answers of REAL LE officers & I ask that the answers be thorough. I am a freshman @ a LARGE Division-I University in Texas. I am here on a Track scholarship to compete in the sport of Track & Field for the next 4 years. I'am 18 years old and have been considering a career in Law Enforcement since the age of 14 when your instructors advise you to think about the field of work you would like to go into fresh out of college.

    I am majoring in Health & Fitness Management with a minor in Business. Physically I am about 5 feet, 5 inches. BUT I'm not your normal 5 feet 5 inch young man. I played football for all four years, I achieved numerous All-District honors, & even made the All-Collin County football team my senior year. I was the special teams MVP 2 years in a row for my football team, and Offensive MVP & Special Teams MVP my senior year also. I was also on the Academic All-District football team my senior year. I was also a powerlifter my 1st 3 years in high school. Regional Qualifier 3 years in a row and ranked #5 in the state in the 132lbs. weight class. Bench: 265lbs. & Squat: 465lbs. Numerous Most Outstanding Lifter awards in the lower weight classes. I run the 40 yard dash in 4.34 seconds and run the 100m in 10.48 seconds.

    LE has been somewhat of a calling for me (by which I mean something that I feel like I would do for free). The only thing that I feel has me going back and forth is the subject of my height. Being shorter than 65% of the people that I run into, safety is obviously and issue. I'll be challenged numerous times in my efforts to enforce the law & I am wondering whether or not it is a good idea to go through with being a City Police officer. Even if it is just a reserve, it is something that I would like to do for the rest of my life after college, in the rain, sleet, or snow. It doesnt matter to me.

    My Question: Am I too short to effectively enforce the law without my safety constantly being in danger because of my height?

    - The only thing that I ask is for thorough answers from real Police Officers with testimony on how my height will play into different kinds of situations.

    - Thank You very much for your time
    - TXPolice
    (Division-I Track & Field)
    Last edited by txpolice; 09-11-2006, 12:26 PM. Reason: Proof-Reading Errors

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    New federal guidelines for all officers starting in 2007.All new offices will be at least 6'4" and weigh at least 240 lbs.
    FILL YOUR HANDS!!!

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    • #3
      I think you should be fine. I know that I work with guys almost your height that probably aren't in as good of shape as you are. i'm more interested in how much you weigh. there's a difference if you're 5'5'', 130 and if you're 5'5'' 160-170.

      your height may result in you being challenged more often you just better be able to handle yourself.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bigg Dogg
        New federal guidelines for all officers starting in 2007.All new offices will be at least 6'4" and weigh at least 240 lbs.
        But if you're me, who's 6'2" and 275, you're exempt from these new guidelines. Why? Well because you're me, of course. I'm Big Rich. And I'm exempt from all federal guidelines because I'm just so cool.
        BR

        Fresh Cope, It Satisfies, Since 1822

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        • #5
          There is absolutely no reason to even be concerned about your height. Most of this job is in the attitude. If you are 5'5" tall and have a meek, quiet personality you are probably in trouble when you get out in the field and have to deal with the thugs on your own. People with strong personalities, which it sounds like you have, generally have no problems keeping situations under control.

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          • #6
            If they have women officers who are 5'1" 110lbs (those are sometimes are the toughest SOBs in the department), you at 5'5" should have no problem.

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            • #7
              I'm only 4'28" and I've never had a problem! Seriously, your hught will be no detriment. (Unless YOU have a Napoleon complex.)
              Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice. Barry Goldwater

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RBrodowski
                If they have women officers who are 5'1" 110lbs (those are sometimes are the toughest SOBs in the department), you at 5'5" should have no problem.
                I agree, just don't turn into the short guy with a Napoleon complex. I work with a couple short male officers. Both are as capable as the taller officers, but the one w/ the complex gets less respect from both us and the public.
                surly?? screw you....

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                • #9
                  Yea, definitely avoid the "short man syndrome" if you get into LE.

                  As for being physically-capable, it shouldn't be a problem. There are still a few departments with height requirements (you woulnd't make it in the Ohio State Highway Patrol), but most do not. In some physical confrontations, height can be a disadvantage...higher center of gravity makes it easier to knock a 6'1 person like me off balance.
                  "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
                  -Friedrich Nietzsche

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                  • #10
                    I don't see it as a problem at all.
                    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Sons of God - Matthew 5:9

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mfroseth
                      There is absolutely no reason to even be concerned about your height. Most of this job is in the attitude. If you are 5'5" tall and have a meek, quiet personality you are probably in trouble when you get out in the field and have to deal with the thugs on your own. People with strong personalities, which it sounds like you have, generally have no problems keeping situations under control.

                      Many years ago I had an officer on my gang team who proceeded to go on a verbal tirade and harangue one of my team members as to why females shouold not be not the job (THERE IS A POINT I PROMISE). I casually told the officer to knock it off. He kept going thinkning he was being cute. I then ordered him to stop and I finally advised the officer that everytime he see a famale officer he he needs to personally thank her for his job. He had this annoyed and perplexed look in his face and said "why sarge?". I then reminded him that when they allowed women on the job they had to throw out the height requirement. The officer was all of 5'03'. The team laughed at him for nearly a week, but he learned the lesson the hard way and never teased the officer again.

                      Most cops are hired for reasons that have nothing to do with height. You will be fine!!
                      You cant arrest me...I know my Commandments!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BigRich
                        But if you're me, who's 6'2" and 275, you're exempt from these new guidelines. Why? Well because you're me, of course. I'm Big Rich. And I'm exempt from all federal guidelines because I'm just so cool.

                        Well,being Big Rich is good,but being the BIGG DOGG,thats all I have to say!!BIGG DOGG!!!
                        FILL YOUR HANDS!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bigg Dogg
                          Well,being Big Rich is good,but being the BIGG DOGG,thats all I have to say!!BIGG DOGG!!!
                          The only advantage you may have over me, is the fact that as a dog, you can lick your own balls. And I'm not too sure that's something I would want to brag about if I were you. Now go eat your kibble. Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog.
                          BR

                          Fresh Cope, It Satisfies, Since 1822

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BigRich
                            The only advantage you may have over me, is the fact that as a dog, you can lick your own balls. And I'm not too sure that's something I would want to brag about if I were you. Now go eat your kibble. Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog.

                            If I could lick my own balls there wouldn't be no need to keep my wife around!!!!LOL!!!
                            FILL YOUR HANDS!!!

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                            • #15
                              I went to basic with a 5'0", 110 lbs, kickboxing, hotty hot pants and she literally beat me down in DT fight offs one day. I'm 5'10', and 215 lbs.

                              As corney as it is, it's not the size of the dog...........you know the rest.
                              Sometimes, doing the right thing means p***ing off the bosses.

                              "And shepherds we shall be, for thee my lord for thee."

                              Originally posted by dontknowwhy
                              I still think troopers and deputies who work in the middle of no where with essentially no back up are the 'men among men' of the LEO world.
                              Originally posted by weinerdog2000
                              as far as your social experiment, if we cant film you then you cant film us, we will arrest you for obstruction of our freedom.

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