Well ... 560 hours later I might be police officer


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Foe[H]ammer
April 25, 2004, 07:41 AM
Well I know I'm new to the board and most of you don't know me but ....

I'm happy to say I've taken the plunge and decided to go the Law Enforcement route, careerwise. It's gonna be a big blow to the budget if I'm accepted but it will ... in the long run ... be my boyhood and my adult dream come true. I've applied for the Harris county reserves which doesn't pay at all but if I work the program for just two years, I'll be considered for real full time police employment.

OK maybe I'm making much ado about a small thing but I've finally reconciled the idea with my wife and my dogs don't seem to know the difference.

I just can't wait for the call and my dive into L.E.

Well ... thanks for putting up with my rant ... and cheers to all, it's a good day.

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tcsd1236
April 25, 2004, 09:33 AM
Congrats.Welcome to the JOb. Here are some sources for you to bookmark for future reference:

http://glocktalk.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=30
http://www.trafficenforcement.org/cgi-bin/YaBB/YaBB.pl
http://www.police-l.org/
http://www.policeone.com/
http://forums.realpolice.net/index.php?
http://forums.stoppingpower.net/login.asp?target=forum.asp?FORUM_ID=13
http://www.nfost.org/shared/content/forums.jsp?_event=view&_id=445520_c_sU129761_s_i147047
http://www.aslet.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1
http://www.aele.org/
http://www.calibrepress.com/home/login.html
http://www.fletc.gov/
http://www.ialefi.com/
http://www.nlectc.org/
http://laaw.com/
http://www.mwarrior.com/polindx.htm
http://www.policetraining.net/
http://www.ntoa.org/
http://www.pwpl.com/law/default.asp
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/welcome.html
http://www.megalaw.com/
http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/
http://www.policemarksman.com/
http://www.leaa.org./

PM me for a message board your wife can go to for advice and support. There are enough trolls that hang out on the internet that I don't want to openly post the link , to save the ladies the aggravation of being harassed.

keyhole
April 25, 2004, 09:41 AM
Best of luck to you in your career. I got into law enforcement in 1985, and still doing the job.

Just to keep this on a gun threat, will they provide you with a dept issue, or do you have to buy your own? I started out with a 6" Colt Python, and after a year or so, bought a Colt Ser 70. Now I have a dept issued Glock. Took a lot to make myself shoot better with it, but really like bringing out my trusty 1911 every now and then.

Stay safe.

BlkHawk73
April 25, 2004, 09:55 AM
Best of luck! I had originally intended on entering LE. Graduated with a degree in Law Enforcement, worked an internship with a local dept. and attended the states basic academy. Applied to 2 depts. made it to orals in one but just missed the cut-off. Oh well. With a new wife and family I am now happily missing that carrer. I'd rather spend my time with them when i can and my current job (8-4:30) gives me a great schedule for that.
Because of what I learned & exerienced, I have a great deal of respect for those that wear the badge so long as they wear it for the right reasons.
Once agin, good luck and stay safe. Most importantly, listen and learn - that'll help keep you safe!

4v50 Gary
April 25, 2004, 11:16 AM
Nah. Go Federale instead. Cleaner job for the most part.

Foe[H]ammer
April 26, 2004, 12:28 PM
Thanks guys for the kind words and support. I'm totally stoked I should hear something today.

Country Boy
April 26, 2004, 05:01 PM
I hope it goes well for you. I'm switching to a Peace Officer position myself. Life's too short not to do what you want to do.

tcsd1236 - you have PM

El Tejon
April 26, 2004, 05:11 PM
Best wishes for your future. I hope all goes according to plan.

El Tejon, former LEO (Glock M23 and SW M638 [which backed up my primary weapons telephone and fountain pen] OTJ).:D

Sgt Stevo
April 26, 2004, 05:31 PM
Anybody know the age cut off to be a reserve. I already went through a post reserve course back in 92. I have been Army most my adult life. But not an mp. I am 39. Thanks HR

fjolnirsson
April 26, 2004, 05:43 PM
Sgt. Stevo,

It depends on the department. I know of a fellow with the local SO who's in his (60s? 70s?), and is still an active reserve on motorcylce duty. Get in touch with your local reserve coordinator. You'll need to take the new reserve courses. Things have changed radically for reserves since 92. But I think it's for the better. I went through the old course, and I've taken the new. Big improvements.
You can probably find the courses you need through you local community college, or check this website:

http://www.post.ca.gov/default.asp

Good Luck!

FedDC
April 26, 2004, 05:48 PM
Good Luck! Be safe and keep your head down.

Sgt Stevo
April 27, 2004, 04:31 AM
I asked the Campbell reserve officer guy. He said that I would need a basic post behind me. But, He said with my background he did not see a problem. Not that I am some stud guy. I just have not been arrested or UCMJ hammered. I found two POST programs in the area. Might happen. Just might.

TechBrute
April 27, 2004, 06:51 AM
Good luck, be safe, remember that you are a public servant, and remember people's rights.

md2lgyk
April 27, 2004, 12:03 PM
Congratulations on going for your dream! I sort've did the same thing a few years back, becoming an LEO when I was 48. Had to quit after about 3 years (developed bad night vision) but at least I got to do it for a while.

Leadbutt
April 28, 2004, 02:48 AM
FOE, good luck, and have a great time, its tuff but can be rewarding,, and remember rule no-1

WEAR THE VEST ALWAYS!!!!

gunsmith
April 28, 2004, 11:53 AM
good thread here

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