Posted on Jul 28, 2018
PVT Toby Poole
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If I decide not to go active duty when I reenlist and instead go reserves or national guard, I plan on becoming a police officer and hopefully a federal agent one day. I know both of those things can be difficult to get into, but I'm a planner so I like to try and know as much as I can before I make any decisions.

For those of you who are currently serving part time, and are in a law enforcement position full time, or even know someone who's doing so: I know it's not easy, but is it truly that difficult? How do the schedules work and do they often conflict? Do you feel your current military service has helped, hindered, or not affected your law enforcement career? Did you join the military first or the law enforcement position?

Any information that you could provide about this topic as a whole, regardless of if I asked about it or not, would be greatly appreciated. Other First-Responders or demanding jobs such as Firefighters and EMTs who have insight are also welcome to say so, as I know your schedules can be just as hectic.
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When I left active duty I went to the reserve and joined the police department. My military discipline and other skills learned in the military helped make the transition to civilian law enforcement easy for me.

It can be difficult at times, most rookie cops work nights and weekends, so when you have your battle assembly weekends the time change will suck, but it is manageable.

I work for a big city department so when my unit deployed it was no big deal for the city to let me go for a year ... I have heard stories from others who were from small departments or agencies that frowned upon their reserve service... So keep that in mind when you are deciding what department to join.
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Thank you for the advice sir!
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Most big cities are hiring all the time, I know Dallas is. Pay is usually lower in the big cities but the experience you get on the street is invaluable and not something that can be replicated easily.

Good luck and be safe.
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PVT Toby Poole
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Absolutely sir, I appreciate it
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Capt Gregory Prickett
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I was a police officer and a member of both the Army and then the Air Guard while I was a police officer. I never had a problem. You let your supervisor know your drill dates and then you keep up with it so that they schedule you off for those dates.
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Thank you for the advice sir!
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My active duty experience has helped me greatly as a Deputy Sheriff. Ensure your supervisor has your drill schedule, and if there are date changes let them know right away. Schedules may over lap, and the military will have to take presidencie. There will be times between the two you will miss out on things with family but that is law enforcement and military life each on their own.
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Thank you for the response CSM, I'll make sure to keep that in mind.
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