Law Enforcement career after Service Academy education and service obligation?

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  1. jamessoraya

    jamessoraya New Member

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    For example, I have a friend at the U.S. Naval Academy, and after his service obligation in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps, he would become a career police officer in the New York Police Department. With his educational and service background, would this be a bad idea?
     
  2. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Well- it is a doable idea. Who is to say if it is good or bad? My roommate from VMI served his hitch as a Marine then became a 4th generation NYPD. He has now retired from that and is a Police Chief for a small town in the Pacific Northwest. As far as I know he had no regrets with that career. The NYPD definitely gives veterans some benefits for their service- take a look at the link below:

    http://www.nypdrecruit.com/benefits-salary/military-benefits
     
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    patentesq Parent

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    There are many, many military college grads who later pursue careers in law enforcement. Some even go on to law school before doing that. The FBI, in particular, recruits heavily at law schools around the country for special agents (real banging-down-the-doors agents, even though they have law degrees and have other alternatives).

    There are numerous ways to serve your country. Law enforcement is one of them.
     
  4. bjkuds

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    As one from a "Police Family", Its not about the money or the hours because they generally stink compared to what the average SA graduate can earn, but it's doing something you love that is paramount for most Ptlm. Generally with that educational background he would move up the ranks as long as he does his job and he would have more opportunity for promotion because of his education; ie 2 men apply for a Capt slot, They score equal on the test and the College grad with military will get the nod over the officer without it (in most cases..politics can be big in smaller depts). There is a lot more money to be made in other fields, but you can live on it. IMPO its a bad idea to do anything else if that is what is going to make him happy. If the only day he is happy is pay day then it is not living.
     

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