Science majors in the force?

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Science majors in the force?

Postby TheJester » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:11 am

Currently finishing up an honors biology degree. I used to be a criminology major but switched to bio.

Curious what you guys think about science majors in the force, would it matter or not what degree I have?

Also, any valuable advice on what I can do to build my resume?

26, have some managerial experience, clean g (class 5), good credit score, no criminal record, good physical shape.

I plan to move to Alberta (live in Ottawa atm) and am seriously considering a career in policing.

Thanks guys!

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Postby A.T.R. » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:51 pm

Frankly university for policing is a waste of time that could have been used to volunteer in the community and gather life experience.
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Postby Tango5 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:02 pm

@ATR

Agree.
However, it appears that in today's Policing education in viewed as more important than life experience, volunteering and the 'know how'.
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Postby Bitterman » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:56 pm

Although... You could be the go to guy on shift to answer the question...



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Postby mack_silent » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:50 am

Bitterman wrote:"Does this look infected..?"


Lol!

Jester, you experienced the science courses so you'd know best if they apply to policing.
I'm not sure how biology would apply to frontline policing duties, but later down the road SOCA/Forensics may be something you want to look into.
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Postby Pete Broccolo » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:26 am

TheJester wrote:Currently finishing up an honors biology degree. I used to be a criminology major but switched to bio.

Curious what you guys think about science majors in the force, would it matter or not what degree I have?

Also, any valuable advice on what I can do to build my resume?

26, have some managerial experience, clean g (class 5), good credit score, no criminal record, good physical shape.

I plan to move to Alberta (live in Ottawa atm) and am seriously considering a career in policing.

Thanks guys!

More education (well, ok, not necessarily a PhD in Theory of Obscure Dancing, but whatever...) is always good, but a biology degree is not necessary in front-line policing.
If your intent is to join the RCMP as a Public Servant to work in a Forensic Lab Unit, then by all means, yes, being a biologist (not necessarily a Marine Biologist, though, George) is necessary.
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Postby mack_silent » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:09 pm

If all else fails... why not a degree in dog psychiatry?
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Postby A.T.R. » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:00 pm

Funny enough one of my trainees a few years ago was a dog groomer.
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Postby Pete Broccolo » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:43 pm

A.T.R. wrote:Funny enough one of my trainees a few years ago was a dog groomer.

I assume you mean trims and shampoos...and not some NAMDLA kinda thing?!
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Postby No 20 Year Medal » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:36 am

Pete Broccolo wrote:I assume you mean trims and shampoos...and not some NAMDLA kinda thing?!
Okay, I admit I had to look on urbandictionary.com for that one :puke:

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Postby Matt_YRP » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:52 pm

I've heard by some, that if you were to have a university degree your chances are slightly higher on the competitive side, as oppose to having college/certificate courses.

Any thoughts on that? Or completely untrue?

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Postby Pete Broccolo » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:52 pm

Matt_YRP wrote:I've heard by some, that if you were to have a university degree your chances are slightly higher on the competitive side, as oppose to having college/certificate courses.

Any thoughts on that? Or completely untrue?

Again, if you already have a degree, or are nearing completion of one, then you MAY have a better chance. However, to take a degree solely for your application to the RCMP is NOT a wise move.
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Postby A.T.R. » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:19 am

Omg Pete. Go to your corner.
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Postby Pete Broccolo » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:19 pm

A.T.R. wrote:Omg Pete. Go to your corner.

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Postby devilwoman » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:18 am

I've heard by some, that if you were to have a university degree your chances are slightly higher on the competitive side, as oppose to having college/certificate courses.

Any thoughts on that? Or completely untrue?


Well, that depends on many things.......having or not having one isn't the determining factor. Its a totality of the package.....volunteer, work experience, interview skills, personality, etc. There are plenty of people out there that have degrees, but are very poor at communicating with others and lack social skills. LE needs people who can chat with people easily; it helps gain compliance, obtain better statements from witnesses/victims as you're able to calm them/make them feel more at ease/etc, helps when dealing with family members faced with the loss of a loved one.....you get the idea. Education is fantastic, but if you don't have the ability to be human, make idle conversation, you aren't an asset.

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