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Old 04-28-2012, 10:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry to keep going on, but I would also consider taking brazilian jiu jitsu and other classes in preparation. I had a close female friend who was an officer in Detroit, and she said you have to be able to fight because you cannot always pull out your gun and shoot.
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Here is a good website that you can check out..it gives the list of available police, fire, dispatch, civilian jobs available in different states..

Police Jobs Law Enforcement Jobs Firefighter Jobs Paramedic Jobs Government Jobs
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Sorry to keep going on, but I would also consider taking brazilian jiu jitsu and other classes in preparation. I had a close female friend who was an officer in Detroit, and she said you have to be able to fight because you cannot always pull out your gun and shoot.
I boxed for a couple of years and I also had 2 years of Krav Maga. Quit because husband didn't like me fighting. I've been seriously considering getting back into one or the other. I kinda like fighting as a sport/hobby.
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Sorry to keep going on, but I would also consider taking brazilian jiu jitsu and other classes in preparation. I had a close female friend who was an officer in Detroit, and she said you have to be able to fight because you cannot always pull out your gun and shoot.

Being a female officer in Detroit has to be difficult...I give this officer lots of credit for doing her job
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:03 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Being a female officer in Detroit has to be difficult...I give this officer lots of credit for doing her job
Anybody still living in Detroit deserves a medal. If you're enforcing the law in Detroit you should be an automatic lotto winner.
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I think a B.A. in psychology and an associate in Criminal Justice would be pretty competitive. They definitely seem like complimentary degrees.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:03 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Hey Emily, I'm haven't been on much lately (2 new foster girls) but getting to do a quick check this morning.

I saw something on the news the other night that Collin County is doing a campaign for women in justice...basically trying to recruit women. I didn't see the entire story but do recall that much.

The training center is just a couple of miles from my house. I know Dallas police trainees must get pepper sprayed before completing training. For some reason I don't think CC does but have no idea why I think that. I would recommend CC over Dallas county any day, you don't want east Dallas as your beat. It's my understanding Dallas has better pay and benefits (retirement plan) though.

I think you would make a great cop!

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Old 04-28-2012, 04:51 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Where I'm from you go to a community college program for about 8 months to be an officer. You have a B.A. in psych? You could be a candidate for detective. Are you familiar with firearms? If not I would start going to a shooting range and learning how to shoot. Many P.D.s in my area would love more female applicants. As for the gap in your resume-just say that you were married an your husband didn't want you to work. You could also say that you were self employed if you did any jobs like babysitting. There are probably forums like this for police officers and you could post there to to see if you could find someone in your area who could answer some questions. My mom is a Arizona ranger and she loves it. It is a volunteer position but they carry firearms. Is there a police volunteer program in your area? Good luck.
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Where I'm from you go to a community college program for about 8 months to be an officer. You have a B.A. in psych? You could be a candidate for detective. Are you familiar with firearms? If not I would start going to a shooting range and learning how to shoot. Many P.D.s in my area would love more female applicants. As for the gap in your resume-just say that you were married an your husband didn't want you to work. You could also say that you were self employed if you did any jobs like babysitting. There are probably forums like this for police officers and you could post there to to see if you could find someone in your area who could answer some questions. My mom is a Arizona ranger and she loves it. It is a volunteer position but they carry firearms. Is there a police volunteer program in your area? Good luck.
Honey did you just ask a Texan if she was familiar with firearms?

Yeah, I've been shooting since I was 10 and go to the range regularly.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:51 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I have a co-worker facing a similar situation to yours. She has always wanted to be a fireman(woman?) I would tell you the same thing I told her: Follow your heart. Sounds like your body and brain can keep up. You have the opportunity to change your life...take it.

Too many of us cannot make the leap of faith (and confidence) that you are being given the chance to do. If it doesn't work, are you going to be worse off? If you NEVER try, you will always look back and wonder "what if". Life is too short.

My BIL never had the chance. Cancer took him too young. You have the chance...take it. You wouldn't even be considering being a Police Officer if you were not a confident risk taker. You know in your heart that you want to at least try and you know in your brain that you have the ability...

You at least have the support of your virtual friends here. :0)

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