Hi all, I have decided that I am coming out of retirement and starting my second career. I always wanted to be in LE but for one reason or another (poor eyesight being the major one) never went ahead with the process. I went into the medical field and did that for 15 years. I worked in psych and the ER for most of that. I have a BSN in nursing and a BS in Psychology. I can handle stress obviously and while in the ER I always took the Suicide Hotline calls, Teen Suicide Prevention line, 211, etc... I am still young (44) and have strong skills in computers, multi tasking, etc...a deputy I worked with in the ER always said I would be a great Communication officer and that I should apply to the Criminal Justice PST (Public Safety Telecommunications) Academy. It is 4 months long and I start on June 3 and graduate in the Fall. After that I can sit for the Florida State Exam after which I will be a lic/certified Communication Officer. I thrive in high stress environments, probly why I lasted 15 years in the ER when most people wash out after a few months. The class size is small, 14 students. Out of the 14 from last class, 12 were conditional hires as soon as they passed the exam. The avg startting salary fro my area is in the low $40's w/most FT people w/ 5 yrs on the job in $70K range and excellent benefits. I wish this week would hurry up, cannot wait to start my first class. The CJ academy already does all the BG invest and stuff so the PD is more willing to hire you as they know you are GTG already. Just about every dept in the area visited the class over the 4 months and each one gave their name/number to be contacted for a position. I was told it was a reverse job fair, where they are looking for you and not the other way around. I meet my class already and most are females in their 30's, it is funny that 4 of 10 females are elem. school teachers looking to get out of teaching haha. The other 4 of us are males, professionals, looking to get into public safety position that is non LEO. any last minute advice? I was told already by some LEO's, don't yell into the mic, speak clearly, keep it short and concise. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!