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Posted: 2/21/2006 9:58:26 AM EDT
I have a friend that just turned 40 and has been employed in his job for the past decade or so and the other day mentioned that he is attending the police officer program at the community college at nights because he wants "more". I support his choice to pursue other ventures even though he's never served one day in the military, and doesn't seem to me to be the kind of person that would take well to orders, uniforms, hair cuts or giving up his weekend parties.

Anyway, what are the real world chances of my friend actually getting hired as a police office considering his age?
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 10:02:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cheaptrickfan:
Anyway, what are the real world chances of my friend actually getting hired as a police office considering his age?




Age alone? Not a problem at all. Encouraged even.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 11:09:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Ocorvo:

Originally Posted By cheaptrickfan:
Anyway, what are the real world chances of my friend actually getting hired as a police office considering his age?




Age alone? Not a problem at all. Encouraged even.



+1. People with more life experience are encouraged to try out for law enforcement. 40 year olds, assuming they've been halfway productive citizens, certainly have more BTDT time than the average 20-something.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:48:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cheaptrickfan:
I have a friend that just turned 40 and has been employed in his job for the past decade or so and the other day mentioned that he is attending the police officer program at the community college at nights because he wants "more". I support his choice to pursue other ventures even though he's never served one day in the military, and doesn't seem to me to be the kind of person that would take well to orders, uniforms, hair cuts or giving up his weekend parties.

Anyway, what are the real world chances of my friend actually getting hired as a police office considering his age?



That's what I did. Not a party guy though.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 9:51:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cheaptrickfan:
......................I support his choice to pursue other ventures even though he's never served one day in the military, and doesn't seem to me to be the kind of person that would take well to orders, uniforms, hair cuts or giving up his weekend parties.

Anyway, what are the real world chances of my friend actually getting hired as a police office considering his age?



Getting hired might not be the hard part. Staying with the job may be the most difficult if he cannot take orders, wear the proper uniform, keep neatly groomed, etc. On the other hand, if he can stick with the program, he might make a great officer. I have seen a few come out later in life and they tend to be fairly stable and good officers.
Link Posted: 2/22/2006 3:20:41 AM EDT
I'm not saying he won't be able to make a good officer, but knowing him as a guy that likes guns, beer, sports, staying up late chasing women, sleeping late on the weekends, and pretty mellow and low-key, I was surprised to find him making such a change from computer/website stuff to becoming an LEO.



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