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  • Applying to be a Cop with spondylosis?

    Hello, I am a senior in high school and have wanted to be a police officer for about 4 years now. I was a true-sport athlete for about 6 years and was constantly active, however, I went to the doctor about a year ago asking about what I thought was just growing pain and when he X-Rayed me he diagnosed me with mild spondylosis. The condition is just mostly a bother if I’m standing for more than about 4 hours without being able to stretch or sit down. It’s tolerable if I don’t stand more than 90% of a 12 hour day. I work at chipotle now with no issues. I understand that the concern is the duty belt but in all honesty the spondylitis is just something that’s mildly uncomfortable after a long day. I know that dq’s differ from department to department but I just wanted to know if I still had a chance of becoming a cop because it is something I am so passionate about. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    I was a cop (with a bad back to mil service), and I can tell you now, what is "mildly uncomfortable" now will end up much much worse. I was unable to walk, move, or sit in a patrol vehicle, finally unable to wear body armor, I had to transfer to dispatch.
    USAF VETERAN 2004-2012
    "The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day."-LTC Grossman
    DA Public Safety Dispatcher, APG MD

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