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Posted: 3/9/2011 3:13:19 PM EST
I've always thought that the state has a 21 year old requirement for any type of law enforcement related job. This is largely the case, but I heard something the other day that made me curious. Apparently one of my girlfriends has a friend who's boyfriend is going through training with Marion County like a PRE LEO academy whereby he trains until he is 21 and can attend the academy. From everything I heard the guy is 20, is this just basically like a PT type of deal, similar to the Explorer program or like a reserve deputy kind of deal or did I get some information disconnect?
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 3:15:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By Chromekilla:
I've always thought that the state has a 21 year old requirement for any type of law enforcement related job. This is largely the case, but I heard something the other day that made me curious. Apparently one of my girlfriends has a friend who's boyfriend is going through training with Marion County like a PRE LEO academy whereby he trains until he is 21 and can attend the academy. From everything I heard the guy is 20, is this just basically like a PT type of deal, similar to the Explorer program or like a reserve deputy kind of deal or did I get some information disconnect?


It sounds like an explorer type of deal. I'm pretty sure DPSST wont allow under 21 to go through the academy though.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 3:19:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By SMPrider112:
Originally Posted By Chromekilla:
I've always thought that the state has a 21 year old requirement for any type of law enforcement related job. This is largely the case, but I heard something the other day that made me curious. Apparently one of my girlfriends has a friend who's boyfriend is going through training with Marion County like a PRE LEO academy whereby he trains until he is 21 and can attend the academy. From everything I heard the guy is 20, is this just basically like a PT type of deal, similar to the Explorer program or like a reserve deputy kind of deal or did I get some information disconnect?


It sounds like an explorer type of deal. I'm pretty sure DPSST wont allow under 21 to go through the academy though.


Yeah they won't for LEO I know. They do for firefighting and telecomm... I just wasn't real sure as we all know the information disconnect that exists. I just talked it over with my GF and apparently the dude does "ride alongs only" which means an explorer program. I do appreciate the help though!
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 7:07:12 PM EST
Originally Posted By Chromekilla:
Originally Posted By SMPrider112:
Originally Posted By Chromekilla:
I've always thought that the state has a 21 year old requirement for any type of law enforcement related job. This is largely the case, but I heard something the other day that made me curious. Apparently one of my girlfriends has a friend who's boyfriend is going through training with Marion County like a PRE LEO academy whereby he trains until he is 21 and can attend the academy. From everything I heard the guy is 20, is this just basically like a PT type of deal, similar to the Explorer program or like a reserve deputy kind of deal or did I get some information disconnect?


It sounds like an explorer type of deal. I'm pretty sure DPSST wont allow under 21 to go through the academy though.


Yeah they won't for LEO I know. They do for firefighting and telecomm... I just wasn't real sure as we all know the information disconnect that exists. I just talked it over with my GF and apparently the dude does "ride alongs only" which means an explorer program. I do appreciate the help though!


Ya our explorers are duel Search and Rescue, so they get to be explorers until they turn 21....I know some agencies have cadet type programs too.
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 8:28:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By SMPrider112:
Originally Posted By Chromekilla:
Originally Posted By SMPrider112:
Originally Posted By Chromekilla:
I've always thought that the state has a 21 year old requirement for any type of law enforcement related job. This is largely the case, but I heard something the other day that made me curious. Apparently one of my girlfriends has a friend who's boyfriend is going through training with Marion County like a PRE LEO academy whereby he trains until he is 21 and can attend the academy. From everything I heard the guy is 20, is this just basically like a PT type of deal, similar to the Explorer program or like a reserve deputy kind of deal or did I get some information disconnect?


It sounds like an explorer type of deal. I'm pretty sure DPSST wont allow under 21 to go through the academy though.


Yeah they won't for LEO I know. They do for firefighting and telecomm... I just wasn't real sure as we all know the information disconnect that exists. I just talked it over with my GF and apparently the dude does "ride alongs only" which means an explorer program. I do appreciate the help though!


Ya our explorers are duel Search and Rescue, so they get to be explorers until they turn 21....I know some agencies have cadet type programs too.


Interesting. So with the cadet program thats basically an extension of the explorer program after 21, but in a paid unarmed unsworn status if I have recalled that correctly?
Link Posted: 3/9/2011 8:49:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By Chromekilla:
Originally Posted By SMPrider112:
Originally Posted By Chromekilla:
Originally Posted By SMPrider112:
Originally Posted By Chromekilla:
I've always thought that the state has a 21 year old requirement for any type of law enforcement related job. This is largely the case, but I heard something the other day that made me curious. Apparently one of my girlfriends has a friend who's boyfriend is going through training with Marion County like a PRE LEO academy whereby he trains until he is 21 and can attend the academy. From everything I heard the guy is 20, is this just basically like a PT type of deal, similar to the Explorer program or like a reserve deputy kind of deal or did I get some information disconnect?


It sounds like an explorer type of deal. I'm pretty sure DPSST wont allow under 21 to go through the academy though.


Yeah they won't for LEO I know. They do for firefighting and telecomm... I just wasn't real sure as we all know the information disconnect that exists. I just talked it over with my GF and apparently the dude does "ride alongs only" which means an explorer program. I do appreciate the help though!


Ya our explorers are duel Search and Rescue, so they get to be explorers until they turn 21....I know some agencies have cadet type programs too.


Interesting. So with the cadet program thats basically an extension of the explorer program after 21, but in a paid unarmed unsworn status if I have recalled that correctly?


For some agencies, I believe so...I dunno too much about them, my Dept. only has explorers...after 21 they are done. My brother almost took a job with OSP as a paid cadet years ago tho.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 7:22:06 AM EST
In the past, I don't know about the present, OSP has had officers (cadets or whatever their title I can't remember) that were under 21 that did things like patrolled rivers. One in particular that I know of spent the summers floating the Deschutes R. checking permits and licenses. He wrote citations etc.

I can't remember if he said he was armed. I can't imagine sporting a badge in a remote area without a firearm but he probably wasn't armed.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 3:22:49 PM EST
OSP did away with that Cadet program several years back. You can imagine the liability of sending someone out in a "police" uniform that was unarmed.

As far as the academy - some community colleges (Like Umpqua, for example) have ROTA, or Reserve Officer Training Academy. I don't know if they have an age restriction, but I know that firearms training is a part of the curriculum. I've heard of some folks that were majoring in criminal justice portray themselves as being in a "police academy" or "law enforcement training" so consider the source.
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