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  • VA Dutch
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    Originally posted by Polo08817
    By "outscore", are you talking about a score based on a scaled/weighted rubic based on gender and age?

    Both, actually.

    The top fitness guy overall was in his early twenties, but the two fastest runners (times just over nine minutes for the 1.5-mile run) were both "old guys" in the class. Most of our class who were in the worst shape were either young or chain smokers.

    I went to a regional academy, though, and their PT tends to be a joke - especially for those of us who were former military.

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  • CACBAND
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    Originally posted by vivithemage View Post
    Do they do academies a lot still? How does one apply to try out in the academy? What does your knowledge base need to be before joining the academy?
    Most all depts are like this (a step of two might be switched)
    Written Gen Knowledge Test
    PT Test (usually Sit-ups/Push-ups/1.5 Mile Run)
    Oral Interview (usually a board of 3)
    Background Check (credit, criminal, civil, where/who you lived with, etc)
    Polygraph
    Medical
    Physiological
    Final Offer

    Some have a 2nd Chiefs interview in there somewhere. Federal Hiring can be much different or very close to the above, just depends on who.

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  • willbird
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    Heck Chuck Norris could neutralize 99% of sworn officers with just a soda straw, and look at how old he is ??

    :-)

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  • vivithemage
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    Do they do academies a lot still? How does one apply to try out in the academy? What does your knowledge base need to be before joining the academy?

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  • Sgt Jack
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    Originally posted by tick View Post
    I started at 29..
    Same here...youngest in my class was 20, oldest was 59.

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  • vivithemage
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    Good, gives me more confidence!

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  • Aussie Mike
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    Started at 38. Not in marathon shape by no means but felt good when majority of the 20 something year old's failed the physical (over 50%) Plus I didn't have the "baby face" of a rookie when hitting the streets. Also got hired over younger apps because of my age/maturity Age does have an advantage. Oklahoma has an age limit of 45.

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  • vivithemage
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    That is fine, low debt, just school debt + mortgage.

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  • Aerohead
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    Originally posted by vivithemage View Post
    I can see the benefit of joining around 25-30 then...having some experience, compared to the age of 18.

    Is it hard to transition from LEO to Federal?
    No freakin' clue...only advice I can offer is that they have an age cutoff for the feds (37) and you cannot have bad credit or large amounts of debt (as I was told by a special agent) to obtain a high security clearance, which that will depend on the agency that you choose...

    Others may have more insight....

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  • vivithemage
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    I can see the benefit of joining around 25-30 then...having some experience, compared to the age of 18.

    Is it hard to transition from LEO to Federal?

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  • Aerohead
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    Originally posted by BanJoe View Post
    Age is all in your head..... and knees (!)
    Amen to that!

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  • Aerohead
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    Originally posted by vivithemage View Post
    crap! haha, do you think it makes you more marketable as being a cop?
    Depends - I'm a hell of a lot more mature now than I would have been joining a PD at 18 right out of high school. I have years of good work and life experience under my belt and I can show that I stuck through it and obtained my degree. I'm still young enough to retire at a decent age also.

    However, with age comes baggage, bills, and sometimes stupid mistakes that you have to explain. It can be a double edged sword.

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  • tick
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    I started at 29..

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  • BanJoe
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    A guy here just finished FTEP with flying colors.... He's 45 and did 15 years in IT before it burned him out...

    Federal LEO jobs sometimes have an age cap.... And when I was looking to come back I saw a few agencies that have age limits...

    Age is all in your head..... and knees (!)

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  • CACBAND
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    Originally posted by vivithemage View Post
    Anyone transition from IT/Desk job, how was the change?
    I did both IT and Interp before. Granted Interp was mostly indoors, there was some outdoors and tours mixed in.

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