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Old 06-07-2009, 11:02 PM
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Default Does anyone ever go to the Police Academy just for the hell of it?

What I mean is, do people go through all the training and whatnot, with no intention of ever becoming police or other law enforcement type jobs?

Can just anyone go if they wanted to?

If no one goes NEVER intending to be police, does anyone go with the intention of becoming police but then never follows through with it?
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:08 PM
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I know of someone that payed their own way through the police academy never did anything with it ended up working in a casino.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:21 PM
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I tested in Oceanside and LAPD just for fun
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:26 PM
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I've heard that gang members/associates sometimes go through Police Academies in an effort to learn tactics and procedures, and then use that stuff against the police.
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Maybe not related but, How old can you be and apply to Police Academy?
Just curious.
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Old 06-08-2009, 7:13 AM
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Some academies associated with community colleges allow people to attend "pre-service" which means they are not employed by any police agency. Most of the academies run by agencies do not allow "pre-service" personnel. I know for a fact that the La County Sheriff's Department does not. Other police agencies are allowed to send their recruits, but the pay the county to do so. Some agencies will also send staff members on a rotating basis.
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Many that graduate from the Police Academy do not end up as LEOs. Less than half of my graduating class is sworn, and over time, less than 10% remain in the profession.
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Numerous recruits end up doing just that since many quit shortly after going out into the field.
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My buddy put himself through POST in the hopes it would make him more marketable when applying to departments. It kinda worked. Didn't land a job in CA, but the instant he sent a app to Oregon, he got hired within 2 weeks.
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I was 20 when I went through my first academy on a dare; was pre-service, but after graduation, I actually grew to love this profession but couldn't get a job because the market was tough back then. On the advice of one of the recruiters, I went back to college and graduated with my B.S. Four years later I got my first job with Uncle Sam, and now eleven years later, I am halfway though my career. The most important thing in this job is that if really it want, you will eventually get hired unless you do something really dumb.
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Numerous recruits end up doing just that since many quit shortly after going out into the field.
I know what you mean. Or they last 1-5 years and get out because they can't take it. But I think that the OP's question was geared more toward origional intent of just doing it for the hell of it without any plan of accepting employment upon graduation. I suppose it's possible, but with all the intense time, effort, dedication, homework, and disicipline involved; I'd be hard pressed to believe someone would suffer all this, with a plan to quite the day of graduation.

And just testing for an agency to see if you could get accepted, isn't the same thing.
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My friend paid himself through academy (Rio).

He chose to do Loss Prevention instead.
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My friend paid himself through academy (Rio).

He chose to do Loss Prevention instead.
I would love to know why he would chose a job over a career.

If you put yourself through a POST Basic Academy, you only have three years to get hired or you loose your training status and could possibly have to redo the Basic.
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I would love to know why he would chose a job over a career.

If you put yourself through a POST Basic Academy, you only have three years to get hired or you loose your training status and could possibly have to redo the Basic.
He considers loss prevention a career. He is moving up in that company quite rapidly. For a guy his age...he makes pretty good money...
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A buddy of mine did the whole POST thing, worked security for a while and is now a dispatcher for a bay area agency.. a lot of the excitement without being shot at or beat up.
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I have a friend that went through the Rio Hondo weekend academy just for the experience, about 2 years later he ended up going to the CHP Academy after he finished his bachelors.
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