Career change at 42

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Career change at 42

Postby ezontheii » Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:46 pm

Hello,

Always wanted to be a police officer and I am finally going to try. I have got myself into great shape but, is there any room in law enforcement for mature candidates?

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Re: Career change at 42

Postby recceguy » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:06 pm

Yep
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Re: Career change at 42

Postby Stinger » Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:00 am

There sure is, but one thing you need to consider is are you able to put in 30 years of shift work? Doing night shifts at 72? Mind you you can find something straight days but you need the road experience and some time on. Just something to think about.

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Re: Career change at 42

Postby mikeman2002 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:13 pm

Yes, my police college class was a group of 30 recruits and 4 of them were over the age of 40 with the average age of the class being early 30's. You will be fine.

Our best recruit of our last batch was a 45 year old guy who was a manager of a staples store for 10+ years.... Always wanted to be a cop and joined late but I would rather have no one else on our Platoon. Eager to learn and works hard.

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Re: Career change at 42

Postby ezontheii » Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:42 pm

I have been doing shift work for the past 24 years, and they have been all over the place in hours so that won't be a problem. All I am truly worried about is the physical. I think I am in fairly good shape. Can I take a practice run at the POPAT before I officially go for it?

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Re: Career change at 42

Postby Tucker » Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:06 pm

Hell ya ........apply. A very good friend of mine and a member went through training with a a guy that was 56. The age thing is as a mind set. Not a deterrent.

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Re: Career change at 42

Postby Tango5 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:27 pm

You probably can, there are facilities that will take your cash.
Let me tell you one thing tho, mentally, you will never approach the practice runs the same way as the real thing. Practice runs lack the adrenaline kick.

I have tried the PARE test a couple of times with devastating results. Luckily it didn't turn me OFF. I have ran the real thing in 3:42 at the age of 41. And.... I had smoked a pack a day the last 25 years?

My advice: (or rather what worked for me}
Hit the pavement and do some daily running for two or three weeks prior the 'real' test. 10/15 min runs. Sprint a bit too.
You will do just fine.
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Re: Career change at 42

Postby ezontheii » Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:00 am

Thank you everyone. I feel motivated.

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Re: Career change at 42

Postby hockeyref306 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:16 am

I had a 52 year old in my troop. I say go for it! Best of luck.
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Re: Career change at 42

Postby PHB » Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:00 pm

hockeyref306 wrote:I had a 52 year old in my troop. I say go for it! Best of luck.


More and more guys like that going through now. Being older isn't a deterrent to getting hired anymore.
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Re: Career change at 42

Postby misterheman » Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:28 pm

Gotta say.
This is a little bit of a relief to see.
I am surely not old or the oldest however, I am a few months shy of 40.
I am well aware that it's not going to be easy going through Depot training.
If it's anything like basic training was I'd say it's probably gunna suck.
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Do they try to "tailor" troops, for age ?
Or is it really a mix of ages within the troop.
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Re: Career change at 42

Postby dataec » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:30 am

At 42 you are still a pup!

Apply, get hired and get out here and give us a hand!

Middle age rules!!!!

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Re: Career change at 42

Postby ezontheii » Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:30 am

Well I have my first interview on Jan 28. Studying up on the community and the different people of rank in the department. Anything else I should try to remember about the department?


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