Will207, I get my iron ring (engineer) in a month. I’ve always considered law enforcement or military, and most of my hobbies revolve around what would be practical for LE or mil stuff (combat sports, lots of running and weight training, interest in “worst case scenarios”, firearms, etc).
I’m just not impressed with the engineering world, as of yet. I honestly wish I had never done engineering and had just done a trade or gone RCMP/municipal. I’m giving myself 5 years now that I’m out of university. If engineering doesn’t hit home for me by then, I will very likely be coming RCMP/municipal.
I was considering talking to a recruiter, but very often, given my experience with the reserves, they feed you a line of bullshit.
Why did you decide on LEO with RCMP (from what I’ve gathered you are with them)? [/quote]
There are many people who have decided their chosen profession wasn’t for them and have gone on to policing. If you’re serious about policing, just make sure you have your life sorted out and that your lifestyle reflects that of a police officer. If you have specific questions about that, feel free to ask.
When you say the reserve, are you talking about the military or RCMP auxiliary program?
I’m not with the RCMP, but I know quite a few people with them and I’ve done courses with the Mounties. Great group of people, I just find they have more issues with their service than the municipal guys. [/quote]
Why did you choose muni over RCMP?
Thanks for the insight, Brett620.[/quote]
Some people choose municipal because it offers more stability. You don’t move around, but it’s harder to get into specialized units and to get promoted. RCMP has a lot of room to move around, but they will also move you around. Also, there are differences in detachment policing compared to urban policing. Some people like one, but not the other.
See if you can do a ride along with a few different services and that will give you a better idea.