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Police - The Thin Blue Line

This group is for police officers, retired members and those interested in law enforcement.

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Are there any police on AOM?

Started by Simon O'M Mar 10, 2011. 0 Replies

I thought it would be interesting to chat and discuss issues with police from around the world.

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Comment by Kevin Collier on December 24, 2013 at 4:02pm

Hiya Jarred, yeah, just got notified about your post. Good luck on the K9 job. Man, I do love those fur-missiles!

Comment by Jarred on December 24, 2013 at 10:07am

Wow, it's been a while since anyone posted here...

Is anyone still watching this group?

I'm an active Patrol Officer for an Agency in upstate SC. Been on for a little more than five years, looking to move into becoming a dog handler.

Looking forward to interacting with some of you!

Watch your 6.

Comment by Kevin Collier on April 15, 2012 at 2:27pm

Charles-Philippe, welcome to the place! Enjoy the break!

Comment by Kevin Collier on February 20, 2012 at 2:07pm

Glad you joined in Martin!

Comment by Charlie DelPino on February 20, 2012 at 11:25am

Welcome aboard Martin. Sit back, kick off your shoes and stay a while.

Comment by Charlie DelPino on February 15, 2012 at 1:44pm

Welcome aboard Jesse & Travis. I am new to this group as well, having just joined a couple of weeks ago. 

Travis - I feel your pain, my brother. I am a police officer in South Florida (just started my 29th year) and have felt the sting of Gov. Scott's changes. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that he isn't finished with us just yet so fasten your seat belt cause its going to be a bumpy ride.

Jesse - My best advise for you is two-fold. First, get yourself a good study guide for the written test. With any luck, you should be able to find one that is targeted at the Oregon test. If not, try the California test prep guide. Most states, especially out west, follow a lot of what California does. The next piece of advice is about the prepping for the Academy. Here there are a few things to consider like; physical conditioning and probable coursework. Most academies across the nation follow a block program of instruction that focuses on specific areas like Law, First Responder/First Aid, Patrol Procedures, Crime Scene Management, Investigations, Defensive Tactics & physical conditioning. I'll address the last one first because it's the easiest to answer. 

Get yourself a copy of military basic training conditioning manual (there are many to choose from) and follow the training program. Focus on running, push-ups, pull-ups, and overall endurance.

As for the other areas that I mentioned, they are a bit more difficult to prep for without knowing specifically what they will teach but I can recommend the following. For the Law block try downloading a copy of Oregon's procedural and substantive laws. Focus of memorizing the "elements" of substantive laws (theft, robbery, murder, etc.); and, develop an understanding of procedurally laws that directly impact police work (traffic stops, stop & frisk, Miranda, defining misdemeanors & felonies, etc.). As for the other areas, a few good books on general criminal investigative procedures, interviews & interrogations and emergency first aid medicine should be helpful.

Anyway I hope that this is helpful. I wish you good luck in your pursuit. A career in law enforcement is very tough but can be extremely rewarding. All my best.

Comment by Jesse Harper on February 11, 2012 at 5:11pm

Hello, I just want to introduce myself.  My name is Jesse Harper I am an american living in England.  I came across this site a couple months ago and it has helped me tremendously. I have joined the book group, shaving group and of course the thin blue line group.  I am particularly excited about the thin blue because the plan is when I move back to oregon with my family next year I will be applying to be a county sheriffs deputy. If there is any oregon police officers on this site could you please supply any training tips to prepare for the ORPAT test.  Any tips from anyone would also be greatly appreciated.

Comment by M. Travis Henderson on February 9, 2012 at 9:50pm

Thanks Kevin. I thought about becoming a Parole Officer. But our Governor is destroying our state system by privatizing as much as possible. A lot of brothers and sisters are losing their jobs. He has made it to where we have to pay into our own retirement. Fortunately, my Sheriff gave us all a cost of living adjustment equal to what we are having to pay in. I am really considering going Federal. Better pay and better benefits, and even if I start over I will still retire sooner. 20 years sounds a lot better than 25!

Comment by Kevin Collier on February 9, 2012 at 8:08pm

Travis Welcome! i am a parole Agent in Illinois and started out working as an officer in a max joint. You are definitely a LEO.

Comment by M. Travis Henderson on February 9, 2012 at 8:52am

Good morning,

I am new to the AoM community and also new to this group. I know this is a  group is for Police Officers, but I am hoping you don't mind a Correctional Officer joining. I am a member of a Sheriff's Office in the panhandle of Florida. I started my career with the Florida Department of Corrections almost four years, and moved to working in the local jail a little over a year after that. 

I am looking forward to swapping stories and the camaraderie that can only be enjoyed by people who wear the uniform. Take care and God bless.

 

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