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  • orangebottle
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    It seems like the question's already been answered, but I'll add in my experience.

    I attended academy in my mid-30s. I worked as a part-time police officer for over 15 years while working a private-sector job full-time. I finally decided to make police work my full-time occupation and became a genuine rookie officer in my 50s.

    So no, not too old.

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  • tanksoldier
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    It's similar in Colorado. All peace officers are "sworn" but not all are certified. They've done away with non-certified police officers in the past couple years, but non-certified sheriff's deputies are still a thing for two reasons:

    1. Anyone who gets certified will go to another department and work the road. Denver SO has an entire academy that doesn't produce POST certified officers. By law those non-certified deputies have the same powers as a certified deputy except they must be supervised by a certified deputy (supervision over a radio is fine) and they aren't peace officers off duty... but most get used for court and jail security. Few if any have non-certified working the road anymore.

    2. The Colorado Constitution provides that each county will have a sheriff and allows the Sheriff to appoint deputies. As a Constitutionally mandated elected official interference in the Sheriff's function and execution of his office is still taken very seriously in Colorado.

    So, since you can't find enough certifieds to work the jail and courthouse, and because of the constitution, non-certified sheriff's deputies still exist in Colorado.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by Winter94 View Post

    Hmmm thats pretty cool but i dont get why its a non sworn.
    A sworn officer is not needed in the position. Non sworn equals less pay, less training costs, less contract costs. My division are all RETIRED LE or Corrections who have our own "benefits" like insurance etc. We work On Call hours. We are a small agency and our division becomes a force multiplier by keeping the sworn deputies on the street instead of doing the scutt work that cops prefer not doing anyway

    Under Iowa law the sheriff can appoint people to help with the duties he is required to perform. He can also appoint people to do certain duties. (We can serve civil papers...even take people into custody) The sheriff hires only well trained retired officers for the job and he trusts us and backs us if we have to .......do something . We qualify along side the sworn officers on the same range / course and have the backing of the board of supervisors and the County Prosecutor .

    By using us to transport and provide security to the courthouse he saves the county a couple hundred thousand a year over having sworn deputies do the job. (Collective bargaining contract is ok with this) We had about 690 hours of transport time last calendar year ( I don't track courtroom time) @ roughly 1/2 the cost of a sworn officer.


    In July the sheriff appointed me to be a member of his Management Team ......still as a part timer. I coordinate all of the transports & court time & have authority to make decisions for our division.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by Aidokea View Post

    On October 31st, or on the other days also?
    Lately more days than I really want....................

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  • Winter94
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    Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post

    I work prisoner transport and Court Security for a sheriff's office. I am in a sheriff's unifirom
    Hmmm thats pretty cool but i dont get why its a non sworn.

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  • Aidokea
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    Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post

    I work prisoner transport and Court Security for a sheriff's office. I am in a sheriff's unifirom
    On October 31st, or on the other days also?

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by Winter94 View Post

    Armed non sworn, whats that? Is that like security or something?
    I work prisoner transport and Court Security for a sheriff's office. I am in a sheriff's unifirom

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  • Winter94
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    Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post

    I retired full time at the end of 2010, but work part time in a uniformed armed non sworn LE position since mid 2011

    PLUS I worked 2 yrs prior to my academy in a maximum security prison as an officer
    Armed non sworn, whats that? Is that like security or something?

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by Winter94 View Post

    Holy crap 40 years ago, how long have you been a cop then?

    I retired full time at the end of 2010, but work part time in a uniformed armed non sworn LE position since mid 2011

    PLUS I worked 2 yrs prior to my academy in a maximum security prison as an officer

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  • Winter94
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    Originally posted by Zeitgeist1 View Post

    Then get out of that bubble! NOW. I was 35 when I went through the Academy. Two of my classmates were retired Army and in their mid 40s. They smoked a lot of our classmates in PT.

    You are not the only 25 y/o that is unsure of him/herself. Actually I think it's the norm. Get out there and start living your life.
    Nothing sad about 'realizing this at 25.' I think that's a sign of maturity.

    Gamble. Ask the pretty girl you meet out. If she says no, you won't even remember her 10 yrs from now. Start living.
    Thats the plan right now. I work as a Traffic Control Officer under the police department in my area and in a couple of months im going to apply for the Community Service Officer position when it opens up. Talking to a lot of different people and forcing myself in uncomfortable situations (like talking with girls haha). Thanks for your words and i'm actually glad that I figured this out now instead of on the job.

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  • Winter94
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    Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post

    Totally off topic but another thread made me realize that I graduated from the law enforcement academy 40 yrs ago yesterday ..........
    Holy crap 40 years ago, how long have you been a cop then?


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  • Zeitgeist1
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    Originally posted by Winter94 View Post

    I know how it sounds but all my life i've lived in a comfortable bubble and didn't put myself in uncomfortable positions in order to grow up. I worry a lot of about the smallest crap and my life experience is pretty much little to none. Its sad to say but I realized this at 25...
    Then get out of that bubble! NOW. I was 35 when I went through the Academy. Two of my classmates were retired Army and in their mid 40s. They smoked a lot of our classmates in PT.

    You are not the only 25 y/o that is unsure of him/herself. Actually I think it's the norm. Get out there and start living your life.
    Nothing sad about 'realizing this at 25.' I think that's a sign of maturity.

    Gamble. Ask the pretty girl you meet out. If she says no, you won't even remember her 10 yrs from now. Start living.

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  • Iowa #1603
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    Originally posted by Winter94 View Post
    Hello,
    So how old is too old to become a police officer? I was enrolled in the police academy last month but then I realized I really was not ready mentally and prepared to change my entire life. I decided that I should finish school and get some more life experience for about 3-4 years. If i do this though I will be 28-29 and i'm a little worried that, that might be too old for me.
    Totally off topic but another thread made me realize that I graduated from the law enforcement academy 40 yrs ago yesterday ..........

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  • Winter94
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    Originally posted by SHU View Post
    Your so young you don't even know what old is. Add 10 years to your age and you would still be fine. Some could argue your too young but nobody would say 29 is too old.
    Well thats good to know thanks haha.

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  • Winter94
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    Originally posted by Aidokea View Post

    Bingo...
    Lol.

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