Originally Posted by DaBigBR
Thirty-six is not too old, but you don't "join" the police, you apply, test, interview, and get hired. It's fairly competitive everywhere I can think of. Your age is actually an asset.
Indeed. It isnt easy to get hired and it can take a long damned time.
Outside of knowing somebody, which is life, deal with it...I have noticed that it can be a crap shoot. Departments are run by people with agendas, personalities and liability concerns. What might look like a good fit to one agency might not to another.
Find out what it takes to be a cop in your State, then exceed that and go forth and find your match.
I started in my early 30's and it has been one of the best choices I ever made. (I dont work as a full time Officer but I do work full time sometimes) I think I would have felt *happy* doing this job at most agencies but I feel as though I really lucked out and found a great match which is simply amazing. Dont underestimate the importance of the culture of the Agency you work for and how it will affect you in every possible way.