I hope I'm not intruding but, I have a question I hope you fine folks may able to answer for me. I've been mulling over becoming an officer for a few years now and have just about completed my "acedemic requirements" for the agencies in my area (60 hours of college). I was seriously considering applying for either Houston PD or the Harris County Sheriff's Office. My question is this: I've been in technology for ~15 years and really enjoy working with computers and people. Is there any way to get hired on to an agency in a capacity other than patrol? Not that I'd mind doing patrol work and putting in my time learning how to be a good officer, mind you. I'd just prefer to work in the technology sector of law enforcement. I know many agencies have "cyber crime" divisions and the like, that seems like more my speed than the high speed, low drag kind of LE experience. Assuming I'll be started on patrol, what are the advancement opportunities to a technology branch in the department. How does one go about a career path that leads there? Also, I read the "Am I too old" thread and thought I'd point out that I'll be 34 this year. Most of the replies seemed to indicate that that was not an obstacle and, in fact, might be a bit of a benefit. Does anyone know if there is a stigma regarding "older applicants" in either of the agencies I've mentioned, specifically? Also, does my current secret clearance give me any kind of "leg up" in the eyes of the hiring board? Even lacking any military/LEO experience? I thank you in adavance for your time, consideration and advice.