well, i’m gonna be pretty honest, so i hope you don’t take offense to this:
i’m a police officer in the midwest. in all honesty, if you wanna be a cop to pay off your school debts, you’re stupid. it’s not a job; it really becomes a lifestyle.
it’s a dangerous job, and one that can alienate you from a lot of people in your life. if you want to be a police officer because that’s what you want to do, then i whole-heartedly support you. but if you tell your training officer when you’re a rookie that you’re doing it to pay off school, and then you’ll leave to go to a “real” job, you’ll make a lot of enemies fast.
also, like every job right now, LEO jobs are having tons of qualified applicants, so it won’t be nearly as easy to get hired as it could have been a few years ago.
I’m not trying to get the force to pay for my degree, I just need something that starts off paying well enough that I can start paying back my student loans that I’ve already accrued.
Not sure what gave people that impression.[/quote]
well, i didn’t say you were looking for a student loan repayment, just that you planned on using your salary to pay off your loans.
if you want to be a cop because that’s what you want to do, then do it. i’m just saying that once you make that choice, it’s pretty much gonna be your lifestyle 'til you retire. i enjoy what i do and think it’s a worthwhile profession, but i don’t think if you’re not mentally prepared on what you’re doing that it’s a good idea. if i’m calling 911, i want the cops coming that want to catch the bad guys, not the guy that’s there collecting a pay check (and this is a whole seperate rant for me).
if you’re unsure, then schdule a ride-along with an agency near you, and see what you think, and talk to cops in the area about it.