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    I was a trooper in ny state but was let go prior to completion of fto. Would my certificate ( academy diploma & other certificates still be valid? If they are valid does anyone know of any agencies that excepts laterals. I was on for less then a yr.

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    Originally posted by L3o1112 View Post
    I was a trooper in ny state but was let go prior to completion of fto. Would my certificate ( academy diploma & other certificates still be valid? If they are valid does anyone know of any agencies that excepts laterals. I was on for less then a yr.
    totally depends on the state, and how the way you left is considered with your state licensing board

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    • #3
      Have you called your state licensing board to see if your academy certificate is still valid, and for how long?

      I don't know if report writing was one of your issues, but it is "accept" and "than" rather than "except" and "then." Not trying to be a dick; stuff like that jumps right out at me.

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      I would be surprised if your certificate was invalidated because of your departure without you knowing about it. In my State, you have 1 year to get a job before the Basic certificate expires. After you get a job, you have 1 year to advance to a General certificate, unless that period is extended for training, or one leaves that agency. If they start at another agency the 1 year clock starts over again no matter how far they made it at the first agency. The candidate will have to answer why they left the first agency before obtaining a General certificate.

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      • #5
        I know quite a few depts. that accept laterals, but a lateral is usually considered someone who policed in a comparable sized city for 3 yrs +.
        I believe you would have to repeat an entire Academy if hired elsewhere.

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        • #6
          You are an Academy Graduate. NOT a “lateral”. You didn’t make it to the street and have no experience.
          Now go home and get your shine box!

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          • #7
            Going to depend on the state you move to. FL for example use to want 1 year experience plus the academy. GA has recently changed and started excepting out of state officers. There's a thread on here about it if interested.

            Both states will evaluate your training and experience. If you qualify you'll then have to take a comprehensive exam an pass the high liability areas.

            Some departments will have their own standards. GSP, for example wants you to complete the entire academy. Even if you've been a GA certified officer for many years (based on what some troopers have told me).
            Last edited by westside popo; 07-18-2019, 11:36 AM.

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            • #8
              In California your Academy certificate is good for 3 years. You are not a Lateral until you complete Probation/18 months on.

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              • #9
                Typically a “Lateral” is someone who completed probation and is currently in good standing with a police agency. Hence the term. In my state you would be considered a “Certified” officer, depending upon how long ago you separated, but not a lateral. Bottom line, no agency wants to grab someone else’s problem.

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                • #10
                  In IL your certification is good for two years after you leave a law enforcement job. After that, you have to repeat the academy. Contact your state training board for the specific details of yours. Failing FTO can be a black mark but by the same token, being a bad fit at one agency doesn't mean you're a bad fit at another. I work with a young officer in a neighboring town who was let go on FTO with one agency and hired with another, where they're doing very well.

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