Becoming a LEO

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by IrishTiger, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. IrishTiger

    IrishTiger Active Member

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    So I have often thought of joining a police or sheriffs department. I love being a pilot, but I'd love to be in law enforcement as well. The airline industry is not what it used to be either - and every time I go to work I grow a little bit more disappointed with my job. I meet all the requirements, and I know I'd make a good cop - but there is one small disqualifying thing for most departments. I'm not a US citizen. I'm Canadian. I was born there in 84 and then moved here in '91 - and have been here legally ever since. I obviously pass all the department of homeland security, TSA, FBI and DOJ checks otherwise they wouldn't let me in the cockpit of a commercial airliner (much less give me a GFL). I'll be in the process of getting my citizenship soon. Unfortunately it costs about $700 and the recession has hit me hard (being laid off once) and some other things so i just don't have the money for it at the moment.

    In the mean time, does anyone know of any department that would hire me being a lawful green card holding resident? I'm not opposed to moving either - although I'd love to work for APD here and help my own city out... A part of me is ready to move to the country though!!!

    What are your thoughts on this?

    -Ryan
     
  2. BG_Atl

    BG_Atl Active Member

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    Hmmmm..... Deputy Tiger... has a good ring to it.. :D

    Good Luck Ryan... and we'll be able to add one more "not completely unreasonable"
    officer to the list :righton:
     

  3. AeroShooter

    AeroShooter Active Member

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    Have you considered the RCMP, eh?
     
  4. samman23

    samman23 New Member

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    if you become a citizen, many federal agencies could use you as a pilot.

    I know many local agencies use helicopter pilots. I don't know if they use fixed wing pilots or not(assuming you are a fixed wing pilot).
     
  5. Arkimedes

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    Most Police Agencies don't care if you're born in another country. All they'll ask is that you A. Are a LEGAL resident of the United States, and B. That you are able to LEGALLY work in the United States.

    If you can qualify to become a Pilot here, then you can become an LEO. The big thing for them is resident status and criminal background, if any.

    The best thing to do is check online. Every LE department that has an online website will tell you what they want as far as their recruits. Take a look and call around and if you have questions, call the agency in question.

    Granted I'm speaking from a Florida viewpoint, but I would think that Georgia agencies would be similar.
     
  6. SheriffOconee

    SheriffOconee New Member

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    Why do you want to be a cop???
    Don't answer me, but you need to know the answer to that question.
    Being laid off, and not liking your current job won't be the right answers during your interview or psychological exam.
     
  7. EJR914

    EJR914 Cheezburger Operator

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    After meeting you, I think you'd make a fine officer, Ryan. Just don't forget where you came from. :D
     
  8. IrishTiger

    IrishTiger Active Member

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    Thanks for all of the nice replies. Being a cop is one of those things that's always been on my top 3 career choices. I want to make my life the best I possibly can, because you only get one shot at it - and I'll never know unless I give it a go. The only regrets in life are the risks you never took.

    haha, I like that! And yes you're right - If I were a cop, I'd be a good cop. One of the best. I care a lot about people, their rights, and their safety.


    Oh shut it. If I'm going to be in law enforcement I'm going to carry a pistol, not a horse whip! :lol:


    I know the answer to the question, and it would not be a formulated one either. There are 3 jobs that I have always wanted to do - which are - be a pilot, be a teacher, or be a cop. I think whatever department that would interview me would appreciate my stance on my reasoning.

    Yes I'm a fixed wing pilot, and I've been flying jets for the airlines for about 4 years now. That's one of the things I've thought about, is the aviation aspect to law enforcement. There are a lot of different opportunities.


    That's how I think about it too - I have no criminal history other than a few traffic tickets, I'm educated and I've been in a security sensitive environment for several years now (and I'm only 26 too)!!


    I never would sir! Thanks for the nice opinion too! I think I'd make a good cop, or a teacher. I just love helping people, and working with new people (which is one thing I love about my current job). Flying an airliner is never the same. Each flight is different. That's the kind of job I love!
     
  9. jdh31313

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    Consider a reserve position, to test the waters...you will have to put yourself through an academy.
     
  10. CountryGun

    CountryGun New Member

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    Why not Air Marshal? Then you could still fly the plane, if needed.
     
  11. JMan

    JMan New Member

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    Not bashing you OP so don't take this the wrong way.

    But I have seen many people these days that either don't want to go try and get a job but think applying to the Military , and Police departments is a way out for quick easy money .... Or They think it's a easy job to get into ....Boy are they wrong .
     
  12. drtybykr

    drtybykr New Member

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  13. JMan

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  14. drtybykr

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    Glad to see you agree with me :righton:
     
  15. SheriffOconee

    SheriffOconee New Member

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    Well, hiring LEO's is something that I have a tad bit of experience doing.
    The truthful answer at to "why do you want to be a LEO" is where more than half of our applicants fail.
    Take it for what it is worth
     
  16. GAGunOwner

    GAGunOwner Active Member

    You are young, educated, and a pilot. Unless you can go federal, forget LE.

    If you want to "take one for the team" (to help society, especially for lower pay) become a teacher.
     
  17. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    It told them I wanted to play with guns and drive fast! They hired me on the spot! :D
     
  18. EJR914

    EJR914 Cheezburger Operator

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    I wanna go fast!

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  19. RedDawnTheMusical

    RedDawnTheMusical Well-Known Member

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    Oh that's an easy one: "To serve and to protect" - it is written right on the door of the cruisers. Man, I'd ace that question! Ace it!
     
  20. Arkimedes

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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!