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Domino23
06-07-2011, 9:50 PM
I've always been curious... If you were a fugitive recovery agent aka bounty hunter, would that hurt your chances of becoming a cop later in life?

RickD427
06-08-2011, 12:02 AM
Domino,

If your goal is to become an LEO, I'd recommend looking away from the bounty hunter business.

When LE agencies look to hire new people, they employ civil service tests to select the best qualified people. From that point on in the processing, everything else is a disqualifier. Once you're hired, the key to passing probation is convince everyone that you're capable of doing the job.

Bounty hunting experience will not help you at all with the civil service test. Bounty hunting has its risks, one of which is getting arrested, or prosecuted, for something that you do "on the job", or for something that "someone said that you did" while on the job. That'll probably turn into a disqualifier in your background check.

You may gain some experience that would be helpful to making probation, but there are better things that you could do to get ready.

My recommendations: 1) Go to College, and 2) Join the Military (or even better yet, do both). Large LE agencies hire people based on their potential, not their experience. They want to train you to do things their way. The fastest way to fail probation is to continually tell your training officer "at ____, we did it this way...". Police work is becoming more complicated all the time. Education is a real plus. Some agencies now require a two-year degree. The military will provide you with a level of life experience that cannot be matched. My agency has had extremely positive experiences with the ex-military that we have hired.

Roddd
06-08-2011, 5:41 AM
Stay away from being a bounty hunter if you want to get into LE. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with being a "bounty hunter," but there is a negative connotation within LE that goes with the job. I'm guessing it's due to all of the rules LE must abide by and the lack of rules regarding bounty hunters. The above post describes very well how to get into LE.

Domino23
06-08-2011, 9:43 AM
Thanks for the input guys!

Falconis
06-08-2011, 10:59 AM
Stay away from being a bounty hunter if you want to get into LE. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with being a "bounty hunter," but there is a negative connotation within LE that goes with the job. I'm guessing it's due to all of the rules LE must abide by and the lack of rules regarding bounty hunters. The above post describes very well how to get into LE.

I know with me, it's the rules that they do have that they don't follow.

Pelicandriver
06-08-2011, 12:45 PM
Even setting aside the possible negative connotations, there are so many things that could go bad during the course of bounty hunting that it's really not worth the risk.

Join the USCG Reserve while going to school. You go active duty for training as a Pert Security specialist then do a weekend a month as a reserve. Any military experience shows a potential employer that you can follow orders and policies can probably play nice with others.

Notorious
06-09-2011, 10:45 PM
I would stay away from security or bounty hunting. Too much can go wrong and not enough rewards to risk for what your long term goals are.