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    Im workin on my associates .. then the academy .. then a job and bachelors

    what process do I take though as far as getting mcoles certified.. is it before of after the academy .. more info would be awesome

    and what all do u need to accomplish to become an officer in the state of michigan .. degree and academy .. mcoles .. activation ?

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    Originally posted by ScrapinPT
    Im workin on my associates .. then the academy .. then a job and bachelors

    what process do I take though as far as getting mcoles certified.. is it before of after the academy .. more info would be awesome

    and what all do u need to accomplish to become an officer in the state of michigan .. degree and academy .. mcoles .. activation ?

    All due respect, it's next to impossible to get hired in MI unless you've got 3+ LEO experience. There's 500 guys fighting over the same job. Detroit laid off hundreds, MT Clemens disbanded its PD.

    If I were you, and take this with a grain of salt, I'd apply out of state and find a dept that'll pay for your academy.

    I passed my MCOLES writtens with an A Band, what was waste of $60.

    Also, to be certified, I think you have to complete an academy and take a state test. I could be wrong.

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    • #3
      thanks for the advice .. i feel pretty confident though .. i mean im just begining my schooling .. but im workin on getting in the reserve program with my local s.o. I am a really good friend with a 20+year deputy who has introduced me to the sheriff and told him plain and simple I want to work for them .. so I try to stay on the sheriff as much as i can so he knows im there. And if not I know the captain of another p.d. who is a good friend so I feel I have a good chance but yeah .. im gonna have to end up paying for my academy my self

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      • #4
        ScrapinPT, in order to become LEO in MI you need to attend an MCOLES sponsored academy. In order to attend the academy you must have an associates degree in CJ or a bachelor's degree and pass the MCOLES fitness and written tests. If the Sheriff does want to hire you, he can sponsor you and pay your way through the academy. That is very rare. I have only seen it done by Indian Reservations, they have lots of money. Once you have completed the academy, you are now "certifiable". You have 1 year to obtain a job with a department. The department will then certify you. Hope this helps you, but it seems your on the right path.

        Keep working the sheriff there because the job market for LEO's is horrendous right now. Good luck.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by frekidrew
          ScrapinPT, in order to become LEO in MI you need to attend an MCOLES sponsored academy. In order to attend the academy you must have an associates degree in CJ or a bachelor's degree and pass the MCOLES fitness and written tests. If the Sheriff does want to hire you, he can sponsor you and pay your way through the academy. That is very rare. I have only seen it done by Indian Reservations, they have lots of money. Once you have completed the academy, you are now "certifiable". You have 1 year to obtain a job with a department. The department will then certify you. Hope this helps you, but it seems your on the right path.

          Keep working the sheriff there because the job market for LEO's is horrendous right now. Good luck.

          Thanks for the advice... Im workin on my associates right now .. then the school im going through I heard is a good academy through the same school. Im pretty aware now that no one will sponsor me anymore due to so many people getting screwed. Im even close with an Indian Reservation police department and they dont do sponsor ships anymore. On a positive note though I got a call from the local sherrif's office today and there accepting apps for reserves and sounds like I might have a good chance

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          • #6
            If you can get on at a Sheriff Department...Take it, if it means working dispatch or the jail Take it. It will suck if your certified because in many instances you will have to work part-time somewhere to keep your cert. Its short term though.

            In Michigan, since PD's are cutting or just folding. Working at Sheriff agencies may be your best bet. Only problem is the jail, but its what you make it I guess.

            Best of Luck to you though.

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            • #7
              thanks ya .. im workin on my associates like I said .. just started acutally which might benefit me. Like I said I applied for the reserves and think I have a good shot .. and also Im applying with the county jail and dispatch .. So hopefully by the time I get certified it will kind of show my commitment to the city/county and help me in my venture.

              any adivce on extra things I should pic up as far as education .. or will most of my classes and the academy teach me these things

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              • #8
                What's going on up in Michigan? Why are all the depts. closing and laying off?

                GO BUCKS!!
                ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS, DON'T BLAME OTHERS!!!

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                • #9
                  Because you have an idiot governor who would rather give money to cities to have art museums, downtowns and gay pride heritage centers rather than to police and fire.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ScrapinPT
                    any adivce on extra things I should pic up as far as education .. or will most of my classes and the academy teach me these things
                    From what almost ever LEO has told me, don't get a degree in criminal justice. Get something in management/administration. You're going to learn everything you need to know at the academy.

                    Two friends of mine have degrees in CJ and decided against being a LEO, now theyre stuck with student loans and working crap jobs.

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                    • #11
                      That is very true. Get it in something you might be interested in. I got mine in Administration. I have something to always fall back on.

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                      • #12
                        Very few Indian reservations send folks to the academy. They require an Indian Police Academy (IPA) cert or MCOLES. Iam a tribal cop in South Florida and we just picked up 2 tribal cops from MI who even said they were feeling the pinch. You can always try for a PA 330 agency (IE hospital or other private agency) or a railroad agency.

                        I thought about moving back to MI but not until Granholm is out of office and the budget is straightened out.
                        I don't answer recruitment messages....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by orlandofed5-0
                          I thought about moving back to MI but not until Granholm is out of office and the budget is straightened out.
                          When is she leaving the office? I will be released from active duty in the Coast Guard next year and am looking at applying to several PD's through out Michigan. I have already talked to Oakland County and was told to start applying this upcoming July. Hopefully things get better soon.

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                          • #14
                            It does not appear that things will be getting better for a long time. The State Police have had one academy in the last 4 or so years and they are always talking about closing posts, yet the MCOLES academies are pumping out new recruits a couple times a year. My department has lost one of 13 officers and another may be cut soon. Numerous agencies up here have cut many positions. If you are looking into LE I would really take a lot of time to think about it. The market is flooded with new recruits and officers with experience up to 5-6 years. With budgets so bad many dept's are cheating on the training and just hiring officers with experience.

                            Sorry so grim, but by the time my city is done with me I will have to pay to work here anyway. Anybody want a job???!!

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                            • #15
                              Michigan Hiring

                              I'm an officer in Michigan - our department is hiring however they are talking cuts next year so they're nervous of lay offs. I've been with my department for 12+ years and although they talk cuts every year they have never laid off anyone - through retirements we've always been able to save those positions. With Detroit saying they are going to cut 150 officers things don't look too promising for those looking for employment. I would suggest if you're taking college classes to take SPANISH - that is s definate plus! Good luck!

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