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MAJ David Wallace
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PFC Ransome,
Folks are putting out some really good information here. One thing that I'd like to stress is that you work towards a college degree of some sort. Most police departments are looking for people with some college. It doesn't necessarily have to be in criminal justice, but they want to see that applicants are intelligent and able to think. Advanced education will also help with your ability to conduct proper investigations and file reports, which will be critical in your first years as a police officer.

As far as being a 31B, Military Police Officer goes, it's not necessary in becoming a civilian police officer. In the Army, MPs work on our various posts and facilities to protect our Army communities. By and large, if you are in the military, you're law abiding people. Most military folks will comply with the MPs they encounter because they don't want to face UCMJ. Out in the real civilian world, you will encounter people at their very worst. Criminals in the real world do not conform to the rules of civilization. Our department employs many veterans from each of the services. Many come from the military police field and even more come from combat arms. The bottom line is that to be successful as a civilian police officer, you have to be 'trainable' and understand the environment and communities that police officers work in.

If you are serious about police work, I'd recommend that you start evaluating potential police departments that you'd like to work at. See if they have a ride along program, and go out on a few tours with actual police officers. I'd recommend riding with an evening patrol shift, which for most departments is the busiest shift. Ask officers about the job, and what's important to their department. Do your homework. Prepare yourself.

I'm a police officer in Virginia. If you ever have any questions about law enforcement in central Virginia, let me know. Most departments are continually hiring.....
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MAJ David Wallace
MAJ David Wallace
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SFC(P) (Join to see) - Not at all, SFC Babbs!!
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CPO Dave Royce
CPO Dave Royce
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No , that’s not true , but with a college
Education , some doors are opened , where without one those doors maybe closed ,
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LT Richard Lambing
LT Richard Lambing
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LT Richard Lambing - furthermore, it is now required to have so many hours of college. Mostly basic stuff like composition, so you can make an effective report. Sadly, many people lack the English skills to do what I feel is the most important task of an officer. That is, to compile facts in order, and properly document them. Way more important on a daily basis, than pursuit driving. My thoughts...
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LT Richard Lambing
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LT Richard Lambing - do your homework first. Decide if being in law enforcement is for you. Ride out with different agencies. I missed countless events, birthdays, etc, because I was working. Prepare yourself. Physicically, and mentally. Military and MP helps as far as entrance exam, but that’s usually it. This career isn’t for everyone.
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SPC Brady Allen
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First, being an MP does help because you receive training on topics as simple as community policing to domestic violence response. Then you have the experience portion to back up your training, something that most college graduates don't have. However this can all depend on where your stationed also. You won't see the same things in Baumholder,Germany than you will at Fort Bragg or Fort Hood. Also if you get the chance to go to courses, jump on them. Some of these courses are valuable on the outside.
On another note, I see to many soldiers doing 4-5 years in the Army and getting out having not taken advantage of the Free TA you receive while your in. Start working towards an Associates while your in, that way when you get out, you have that degree. So don't let your job be the only thing that prepares you, prepare yourself and take advantage of the education benefits. Hope you find the information you need.
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Sr. Most department don't just want CJ, in the state of. NJ CJ degree is useless in their eyes. I have CJ with a concentration in Homeland security with a minor in psychology. While having a background as a MP. so best advice get a degree in accounting or something like that. While you go through the police academy they will teach you what you need to know.
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PVT Mark Dorton
PVT Mark Dorton
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I believe if you Apply to Veterans Affairs Police you could be a direct hire.
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CW3 Chief Of Police
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Many departments either give you a thumbs up for being military or give you preference. Being an MP can help, depending on the department. I've been involved with 3 departments and all 3 would look favorably upon prior military service in general.
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SGT Phil Baxter
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No one will accept the diploma but the training would help you.. You start all over with any dept.
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SFC George Smith
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all the MP I've Known ... did really well after going the Local or state Academies their backgrounds and experiences were far better than the raw recruits the LEO's were getting...
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CW3 Chief Of Police
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Most do very well. I thought my police academy was a joke compared to basic but some non-military types had trouble.
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SGT Phil Baxter
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Ok but yo have to pay for it unless you can get a sponsor ,,,,
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SSG Disabled Veteran
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Local Departments like to save money by hiring officers who are already certified. Officers leaving another department being first choice. Next would be those who have obtained a certificate and have military service. MP only helps if you have some skill they are looking for, like dog handler, helicopter pilot or forensic certification. There should be schools that will accept GI Bill. A Federal Job which sends you to a certified school is good but some federal academies are not certified
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