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I want to be a police officer?

I want to be a police officer? Topic: Critical thinking skills in schools
July 17, 2019 / By Aleric
Question: Right now i am a freshman in a NYC high school and plan on applying to the nypd to become a police officer. I always wanted to be a police officer ever since I was six. Now I feel like starting to prepare. One skill that others and i notice is that I am very vilgilant and notice the most tiny things and know how to do it without it being obvious. I'm working on my logical and critical thinking skills by working harder in English and History class and have become more active in physical education. I plan on going to college and getting a bachelors degree in psychology, history or a study in the humanities or since I'm pretty good at math, accounting. I was wondering if i could get any advice from any nypd police officers out there or any place else. Also how does the nypd explorers program work? I have looked it up but couldn't really find anything?
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Tamera Tamera | 6 days ago
Getting police officer jobs is becoming more and more competitive. Do the best that you can in school. It is great that you plan on getting a college degree. Getting a college degree is one of the best things that you can do. Many police departments require or prefer applicants to have college. Having a degree could help you get hired by some departments. Some departments pay their officers more if they have a degree. Having a degree could also help you get promoted during your career. Choose a major that interests you, that is marketable, and that could be useful for police work. Of the majors you mentioned, I would choose accounting. Whatever major you choose, make the most of your time in college. Choose a school that is properly accredited, get the highest grade point average that you can, participate in a couple extracurricular activities, get a good internship, do some regular volunteer work, don't do anything illegal, and maintain a good reputation. Keep a good driving record, don't get bad credit, improve all of your communication skills as much as possible, and become as physically fit as you can. Consider local, state, and federal police officer jobs. Exploring reaches out to New York City's young adults in every community to help build up relations between the community and New York City Police Department. Explorers are taught the importance of higher education, self discipline, and respect for authority while they actively participate in community service projects and other events. Call 718-834-8855 for more information. Best of luck!
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Tamera Originally Answered: To become a police officer?
The CA Government Code 1029 states: "(a) ...each of the following persons is disqualified from holding office as a peace officer or being employed as a peace officer of the state, county, city, city and county or other political subdivision, whether with or without compensation, and is disqualified from any office or employment by the state, county, city, city and county or other political subdivision, whether with or without compensation, which confers upon the holder or employee the powers and duties of a peace officer: (1) Any person who has been convicted of a felony." BUT as you can see below in a section taken from the MO Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission, the POST Director has final say in MO whether to not to allow an applicant for a peace officer license if the applicant has committed a criminal offense. The Director can deny license application even for a misdemeanor offense. Whereas it looks possible in MO, it does not look probable for a convicted felon to become a peace officer in MO.

Rheanna Rheanna
You do not need nor is it advisable to major in anything that comes close to so called police majors like criminal justice. Your plans are fine. When you get to college be sure to take, as one of your humanities electives, something like intro philosophy or comparative religion to really sharpen your critical thinking skills. I was a cop with the next largest department to NYPD. Our explorer program is a joke, so no answer on that subject. It appears you have looked at some comments/answers before asking your question so you likely know how many, including me, feel about education and the experiences needed for future cops to turn into great cop education. Generalized wide ranging education and jobs or volunteer work that puts you into lots of public contact.
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Mildredd Mildredd
First you need an A.A. Degree in Criminal Justice from a community college, and then you would have to go through a series of tests and enroll in the Police Academy:) But you should really pursue something math related in a career because today alot of people are out of jobs because they can't do math. Being good at math is almost a gift, you can do alot of things like work in the gaming industry, or even be an accountant.
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Libbie Libbie
I know this is irrelevant to the question but when you pursue your dreams as a cop, don't be one of the pricks out there. You've seen the YouTube videos, what they do. Don't be like them, don't abuse authority, and I hope your one of the nice cops! Good Luck.
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Libbie Originally Answered: For a future police officer and self defense, which martial arts should I choose?
Are those the only options you are considering? If so, it looks like you're a fan of Paul Vunak. Here's something to keep in mind. As a police officer, there are two scenarios where you will have to physically deal with a suspect in a close quarters combat situation. One is when you must make an arrest or are having to control a suspect. (You are having to initiate contact.) Two is when a suspect has decided attacking you is better than jail. Now in scenario one, you can't beat a suspect into submission. (At least you aren't suppose to.) You are suppose to use control tactics. So, something that offers a grappling aspect (Aikido, Jujitsu, wrestling, etc.) are going to be key methods. And you don't want to get caught on camera and find yourself on YouTube, being abusive punching, kicking or pistol whipping a suspect on the ground. In scenario two, you have answered a call or made a traffic stop. And the suspect has decided he just ain't going to jail. So, he waits until you aren't paying attention and have let your guard down. Then, he attacks. You are in an "Oh, sh*t!" moment. You've been ambushed by a suspect and now it's a life or death moment. Screwing around grappling with the attacker may be okay for a few seconds, but staying there (especially if he isn't alone and you are) is not a sound tactic. Your attention will be divided between trying to deal with the attack and trying to retain you firearm so he (or his buddy coming in) can't get it. In this case, you need something that has more teeth to it than an armbar or wristlock. I have seen training from Krav Maga that deals with scenario two. But a guy I like is Tony Blauer and his SPEAR method. It offers you options and trains for that "Oh, sh*t"-ambush moment. So.... Having said all that.... My suggestion is cross train. Know some grappling. Know some striking. Study what you like, but don't be limited by the method. Hope that helps. Be well.

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