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09Hemi 10-24-2013 11:19 PM

Any Florida LEOs?
I just wanted to throw something up to get some insight if we have any FL LEOs in the forums. Maybe even Manatee Co or Sarasota Co.

Im getting ready to get out of the marines soon and am looking to get into law enforcement. I have done a good bit of homework and know that I have to get though the Law Enforcement Cert programs before I can get hired. Is there anything I could do with a department to get a little exposure first and maybe build a relationship with the department prior to getting my certification? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated :smileup:

JP735 10-26-2013 05:58 AM

Very few Florida agencies still sponsor folks, meaning they hire you first and then send you to the academy. What is prevalent now is internships. You could look for an agency hiring dispatchers or booking clerks, any civilian position really, and get your foot in the door that way. Often its then an easier shift to a sworn LEO position once you are out of the academy and certified...

I would recommend doing some ride-alongs and making contacts with some recruiters before you commit so you have an idea what your getting into...

09Hemi 10-26-2013 09:17 AM

Alright, I will look into some civilian positions. Thanks

I have a rough idea of what I am getting into as far as being an officer. My brother is a sheriff's deputy in NY and I have talked/worked around him a bit. I know there is a difference between all departments. But its something I really want to do. Always felt a strong pull towards public service. Again, I appreciate the advice JP735!!

JP735 10-29-2013 04:48 PM

If you feel the pull towards service you will likely do well. Its not a job but a way of life and what motivates good LEOs isn't what motivates other folks...
Good luck and let me know if I can be of assitance

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