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Old 01-19-2014, 01:23 PM
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I have been working in manufacturing management for the last seven years, and the plant that I haven been working at is closing its doors. I have been offered jobs at their different locations, but my wife is happy at her job (health care, makes more than I do) so we do not want to move.

There is not many well paying jobs in my area and I have been commuting two hours a day for work and that gets old quick. I am 30, have a baby on the way, do not want to move.

I am thinking about going into law enforcement, I know there are a lot of you in the forum, so looking for advice. How did you find the department that you want to work for? What do you like/don't like about being a LEO. Would you do it again?
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:52 PM
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I'm not a LEO but I am and EMT and can say that working with the public at large can be great and terrible. You see a lot of crap and most of the time the calls are bs. We work with law a lot and those guys/gals put up with a lot of crap. However, that one call when you really help someone makes it worth while. Good luck with whatever path you take!
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I have browsed these forums for the last several months and just decided to join when I read yours. There are several members here that are in LE, including myself. What state are you in? That would help in narrowing down what your choices are.
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I am in Southern Maine, New Hampshire Line
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I was drawn to the profession from the Fire service since my brother was also in LE. It is a wonderful career, and like everything else, it's what you make of it. It's more of a lifestyle than anything. You'll have to ask yourself if you want to be make the commitment to sometimes working crappy hours under crappy conditions and sometimes dealing with crappy people. I don't know much about up there, but most state agencies will require a move. Which is pretty unfortunate. Go to officer.com and visit their forums. There is one for your state that may help you in choosing an agency. Good luck and if I can help in any way lemme know.
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read all the derogatory remarks about cops in this forum on a daily basis. factor that in to your decision because most of the rest of the general public feels the same. if you like people constantly monday morning quarterbacking you and most of the time not appreciating anything you do for them its a great line of work....
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read all the derogatory remarks about cops in this forum on a daily basis. factor that in to your decision because most of the rest of the general public feels the same. if you like people constantly monday morning quarterbacking you and most of the time not appreciating anything you do for them its a great line of work....
X2 on that crap. Bro. Everyone will pick apart everything you do. Plus. The bad apples will always show themselves but it gives everyone a bad name. Sucks for sure.
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Check age restrictions. 30 may be too old by the time you take the test, get accepted to the academy and then graduate the academy.

I'd suggest applying for an apprenticeship program at Portsmouth Shipyard or a utility company in the area.
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I am in Southern Maine, New Hampshire Line
Maine State Police and New Hampshire State Police are two solid organizations...

I know Men, and Women, from both Agencies and can attest that they are straight up.
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Low pay unless NJ or NY, stress, long hours, dealing with crazy people all the time, life threatening situations, dealing with endless/mindless regulations, military mentality, dealing with drunks, drug addicts, dregs of society, etc. No offense to our LEO's but it is very stressful and often unappreciated work.

My suggestion, ask some of the forum bros or consider going back to school for more opportunity. Ask Cracker he's a straight up guy!
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Dekegill View Post
I have been working in manufacturing management for the last seven years, and the plant that I haven been working at is closing its doors. I have been offered jobs at their different locations, but my wife is happy at her job (health care, makes more than I do) so we do not want to move.

There is not many well paying jobs in my area and I have been commuting two hours a day for work and that gets old quick. I am 30, have a baby on the way, do not want to move.

I am thinking about going into law enforcement, I know there are a lot of you in the forum, so looking for advice. How did you find the department that you want to work for? What do you like/don't like about being a LEO. Would you do it again?
Go do a ride along with your local Police department. I commend you for considering the service, don't forget to take a look at fire as well.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:34 PM
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Low pay unless NJ or NY, stress, long hours, dealing with crazy people all the time, life threatening situations, dealing with endless/mindless regulations, military mentality, dealing with drunks, drug addicts, dregs of society, etc. No offense to our LEO's but it is very stressful and often unappreciated work.

My suggestion, ask some of the forum bros or consider going back to school for more opportunity. Ask Cracker he's a straight up guy!
I would consider going back to school to be an attorney!!! After being on the job for the last 7 yrs I wish I would have. I wouldn't expect to start out no more than $35k/yr.You have to ask yourself if its worth for all of the above.
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What kind of an education do you have? Any serious LE agency will be looking for a bachelors or military service at minimum. Hows your credit? Anything below 700-725 will get you bounced. With details the pay can be decent $75-125k per year after a few years. Plan on starting around $35k to start. 30 is not too old, but your education and experience could hamper you. I live in Hampton and work for a federal agency in Boston.

I love working in law enforcement, I have a second job working marine patrol on the Merrimack River. Try the New Hampshire Marine Patrol or Hampton NH PD. They hire yearly, have a significant turnover rate but it gets you in the academy and tons of experience.
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Which laws you pretend to enforce???

America has over 1 million laws in the books...
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:43 PM
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What kind of an education do you have? Any serious LE agency will be looking for a bachelors or military service at minimum. Hows your credit? Anything below 700-725 will get you bounced. With details the pay can be decent $75-125k per year after a few years. Plan on starting around $35k to start. 30 is not too old, but your education and experience could hamper you. I live in Hampton and work for a federal agency in Boston.

I love working in law enforcement, I have a second job working marine patrol on the Merrimack River. Try the New Hampshire Marine Patrol or Hampton NH PD. They hire yearly, have a significant turnover rate but it gets you in the academy and tons of experience.
Have you thought about federal? That's where the money is however you will have to move.
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EVERY job has it's crap to deal with. Look at what you WANT to do and start taking steps to make it happen. Many times another line surfaces on that trail that you never even thought of before. I'm currently working for menial wages myself for a line of work that won't even begin to materialize for at least 3 years. That in spite of the fact I could be back in very good money utilizing what I already have. But what I already have isn't what I want to do now.

Most here are beating up the LEO line but look at how many chose it for a career and stayed put. If it were that bad they would not have stayed.
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I work a K9 in a fairly big and busy city. Love my job and most days are good days. However it is tough, demanding, and sometimes you see things that will never leave your mind. We deal with most people when they are at their worst. PM me and I'll be glad to exchange my phone number to discuss further. I'm 31 years old with a wife and children so I can probably provide you a realistic expectation of the job and what it takes.
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I've been associated with law enforcement since high school and I can say they've treated me pretty well. Take, for example, the public nudity thing with my (then) girlfriend. I'm so glad that digital cameras hadn't been invented yet. And the there's the DUI charge that was truly a trumped up thing. Thank goodness for a judge that had an empty pocket to accept the two hundred dollars and the guy I found to be my attorney and - guess what - who fished with the judge every weekend. Oh yea, almost forgot the state trooper who got called away as he was investigating the circumstances as to why I hit the bridge in the first place.
Yes, I've been dealing with law enforcement about my whole life. I'm old now, a little smarter and a lot slower.
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My biggest fear about being a LEO is, everyone has a camera and everything you do will be broken dowen in slow motion with months to say you should have done this or that. In some cases it's clear what is right and wrong in other cases it's a split second thing and the LEO often looks like the bad guy.

If it were me I'd say NO.
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