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How old is too old to try to be a cop?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by bearshoegun, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. bearshoegun

    bearshoegun

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    Just wondering what some ages are of the folks who became cops at a later age in life. Thanks.
     
  2. emopunker2004

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    There are some her in Jacksonville becoming police officers at age 40-50+. I know of several people here who became corrections officers in their late 50s
     

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    Check with the dept you're interested in. Around here most departments will not take you if you're over 35.
     
  4. major

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    You're too old when you cannot safely do the job. You have to be able to handle yourself and effect an arrest on someone who does not want to be arrested. Obviously, that is different for everybody.
     
  5. Another Miller

    Another Miller prankster

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    All the places I checked 35 was the cut-off,But, there are plenty of older seasoned vets in their 50+ doing the job just the same.One of my profs at Kent was a retired vice cop.His classes were far more interesting and we understood better and learned more than a book could teach us.So, after retirement age, it still doesnt nec end.

    On the age thing though,they wont actually come out and say,youre too old at 36 but that is what they are saying.
     
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    I was 30 when I was sworn in. 22 years on the job. Kinda dreading retirement, wanna do another 2-3 years.
     
  7. byf43

    byf43 NRA Endowment Life Member

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    About 18-20 years ago, a newly retired Navy Chief Petty Officer tried out for our local Sheriff's Department, and became a sworn officer/deputy.

    He's still on the job, the last I saw him.

    He was 48 when he applied.
     
  8. Historian

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    My class commander was in his early 50s snd was in better shape that a lot of us. He was also army reserve.

    He went to work for a small department. That was over 10 years ago.

    One of the best officers I knew worked until his early 60s. Seriously.

    These are both extremes. But I know plenty of people in their 30s and 40s who started out on a second career.
     
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    I dont think most places have a maximum age limit... if you can do the job, you are good to go!
     
  10. ray9898

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    We have several who joined in their mid 40's....many after retirement from the military or starting a 2nd career. They are more than capable officers. Some may have lost a step or two when it comes to chasing the youngsters but they more than make up for it by making solid decisions on the mental side of LE which encompasses 99% of what we do.
     
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    Here in Vegas DPS (which includes Highway Patrol, Parole & Probation, NDI aka the states version of CSI and other divisions within DPS) does not have an age limit.

    My academy had 21 year olds all the way up to a 52 year old retired Navy Commander.

    If you can proove you can do the job, DPS is suppossed to give you a fair shot! The 1.5 mile run in under in 17 minutes weeds out alot of old timers though, in the hiring process.
     
  12. MikeLadner

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    I went through the academy with a guy that turned 63 during...
     
  13. Kentucky Shooter

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    A friend of mine started around 40.
     
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    The ap for Texarkana, TX PD says you cant be under 20 or over 45.
     
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    Kansas City, Missouri, hired a retired Marine Col eight years ago. He did well in the Academy and is now a seasoned Homicide Detective.
     
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    Dragoon44 was like 840 years when he became a cop.
     
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    Wasn't that back in the days of the shire reeve too?
     
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    here they cant refuse you cuz of age if you qualify
     
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    Every department in my area that I know of require apprentice police cadets to be between the ages of 21-44...