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What’s a good way to get involved in the police force or a K-9 unit before/during college?

I’m interested in possibly joining the police force/K-9 unit when i’m older. I’m not in college yet, but i was wondering what are some good ways to involved (locally) in police work or K-9 work. #police #career #college #k-9 #policecareer

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Chris’s Answer

Hello Kim:
To get involved before college, A lot of high school skills centers offer programs in criminal justice and law enforcement. I’m on the Waverly School Board and was impressed at the depth of the criminal justice program we offer our students. Below is a quick description of what is offered:

This program will help you prepare for an exciting future career in positions ranging from local police officers, county sheriff deputies, detectives, State Police and Natural Resource Officers just to name a few. There are also many federal law enforcement careers like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, military branch police and Homeland Security positions. All careers in this field will require additional training once hired.
Students will take two one-year courses. Law Enforcement and Investigations. Students will be provided training in patrol tactical skills, criminal law and procedure and criminal investigation. They will have the opportunity to participate in live scenario application training, job shadows, law enforcement and criminal justice agency visits, community service opportunities, hands-on operation and use of law enforcement technology and equipment.

So as you can see, there is a good foundation to begin a career in law enforcement. Contact the high schools in your area and see what programs their skill centers offer on Criminal Justice and law enforcement. Good luck!
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Kim’s Answer

Sara,
Please see these two links- they should get you started. The bottom one is old, but it appears the program is still going on, and a class started last month. It's geared more towards adults, while the top one is geared towards youth. Good luck!

http://www.vernonpoliceexplorerpost800.org/

http://www.vernon-ct.gov/files/Vernon%20Citizen%20Police%20Academy%20Press%20Release.pdf
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Tammy’s Answer

In our town we have an auxiliary police force which are volunteer police officers. They receive training and uniforms and patrol side by side with the actual force. This would be an excellent way to get experience and to build connections in your local department. Even if you don’t stay where you are for work, having the reference of the police captain in your town will definitely take you a long way.

I have also seen many youth summer programs in our area promoted to high school students which could be of benefit as well. Check with your high school
Counselor as they usually are made aware of these programs and some of them done with scholarship opportunities for college too!
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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Sara: Chris and Kim's answers are great. Follow that advice. One other thing, volunteer at the local precent. Or at a K-9 unit. They could use the help and you can see how things work for yourself - win-win! Being a police officer is tough work. Good luck!!!
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