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does height really matter?

Postby kevy » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:55 pm

hello there,

I am wondering if anyone here is 5'6 or shorter

is it a disadvantage when applying to work for law enforcement?

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Postby mack_silent » Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:20 pm

There are police of all height and weight types. If you can pass the physical test, then you can apply.
Height shouldn't be a big factor in getting hired.
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Re: does height really matter?

Postby IrishCop » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:26 am

In this day and age it probably doesn't matter but I think a 6ft police officer looks a lot better in uniform that a 5ft police officer.

I recall the days when the minimum height was 6ft.

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Postby No 20 Year Medal » Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:04 am

My wife has been on the job for 12 years and she's 5' 4"

(and I'm 6' 2") :smirk:
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Re: does height really matter?

Postby Zalitz1 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:27 am

They are hiring anyone now as long as you qualify. I've seen 5'0 officers weighting barely a 100 lbs with hardly any strength and hands too small to properly grip a service pistol and therefore require custom grips.

None of that stuff matters anymore.

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Re: does height really matter?

Postby Longarm9 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:24 am

Although being 6'2" and mostly legs makes running a bit easier lol
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Re: does height really matter?

Postby devilwoman » Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:34 pm

Size means nothing. It's ridiculous to think that being 6 feet tall makes someone a better officer than someone who is 5'5".

Policing or LE isn't all about size, it's about the skills you bring to the table. In this social environment, being large and in charge and going hands on all the time to deal with situations isn't the way any more.

I'm 5'4" and I have no problems or concerns when it comes to using physical force, but I use my communications skills more than any weapon on my belt or my hands.

Why? A - Infectious diseases. Going hands on can sometimes mean bites, cuts, open wounds and that can mean being put at risk. You can't avoid tussles, but if taking 2 extra minutes to deal with some dirty means not having to scan yourself for cuts and blood after and worry about the "what if", then take the 2 minutes. B - I've been to court enough times go know that an officer who can show they exercised every bit of patience when dealing with someone before going hands on will gain the respect of the courts over an officer who is eager to go toe to toe and use physical force more quickly.

As long as smaller officers are able to complete the physical requirements of the job, no one should hold it against them or look down on them (pardon the pun...that was actually not intended) based on the fact they aren't some hulking beast in a uniform. Presence isn't about size. It's about how you wear the uniform, the confidence you exude and the skills (all skills) you bring to the table. Many times it's also about how you treat people....there will always be the people who won't listen, who want to fight, but that's not a size thing.

At least in my experience.
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Re: does height really matter?

Postby Longarm9 » Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:13 pm

Well said, DW.

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Postby Respond Wayne » Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:25 pm

opp2 wrote:I've been 5'6 for as long as I can remember until some bright eyed wonder kind realized I was shrinking...now apparently I am 5'5. I've been a cop for 19.5 years.


I believe that happens when you increase rank... more weight on the shoulders = reduction in height! :P
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Postby Respond Wayne » Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:18 pm

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Re: does height really matter?

Postby Diatomic » Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:54 pm

I saw a Asian male Toronto cop that was less than 5 feet. His thighs were so short his gun almost touched his knee-cap.

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Re: does height really matter?

Postby imascott » Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:42 am

Nope, but it can help.
Sometimes... you get on here, and just know, you're dealing with "that guy." All your efforts to be, and sound reasonable, are useless. And there are a lot of those guys on blueline.


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