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    Hello Everyone,

    I've browsed this forum a bit over the last month or two. I've worked in healthcare the last 8 years as an administrator (glorified office work). I desired to join the military after high school but my parents didn't approve at the time. They were both paramedics and quite paranoid about their daughter enlisting. I've always had a calling to serve whether it's here at home or over seas. I have been exploring a career in law enforcement for the last few months more in depth.

    I am a mom and I'm almost 30. Half way through my BA. I live in the SF Bay Area (Hercules). I rarely see female police officers. I think the last graduating class for the OPD had 1. I am really seeking insight from fellow female police officers in the area. I would also like any input from anyone on the process of applying for a recruit position. I know being a veteran helps your chances which I am not. Is there anything else I can do to prepare ahead of time? I hear up to 80% of the women who attempt the physical agility test do not make it through. I have been doing a lot of conditioning, strength-training, and Crossfit to hopefully better prepare me for the physical portion of the testing/academy. I will be applying in SF, Napa, and Contra Costa County. If not accepted for a recruit type of position I may go ahead and do the academy on my own...If anyone did this route I'd love to hear from you.

    Again, I appreciate any input, encouragement, or advice anyone can offer. I'd love to connect with other female officers in the bay area.

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    Welcome!
    For unknown reasons the numbers of women entering Law Enforcement is low. I don't know where you get the 80% failure number. Take the PAT & see how you do.
    The South Bay Academy in San Jose has a practice session if you want to try it.

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      Originally posted by eagleI View Post
      Welcome!
      For unknown reasons the numbers of women entering Law Enforcement is low. I don't know where you get the 80% failure number. Take the PAT & see how you do.
      The South Bay Academy in San Jose has a practice session if you want to try it.
      Thank You! I have heard of them...They combine dispatch and fire courses as well. I would love to do a practice session so I will look it up. The 80% I got through some "cited" sources on wiki and through a site dedicated to female officers. I definitely don't know if it's true but I figured the more prepared I am the better. Have you heard of anyone completing the academy without sponsorship by a hiring agency?

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      • #4
        Welcome and good luck. If you haven't, yet. I'd recommend checking California down in the individual states section for specific info on the bay area.
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          Originally posted by Langford PR View Post
          I'd recommend checking California down in the individual states section





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          • #6
            The last several years the majority of academy recruits are self sponsored.

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