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Just wondering if anyone here is a police officer...I know it's not a very common occupation for someone with SA, but there's probably a few of them.

My grandfather is insisting that I take the State Police exam, but I really don't think I'm up for it, although it's not until early spring. I'm worried about the physical exam (I'm 6'4" and only 170lbs), about the psychological exam (obviously) and I'm worried about the polygraph (I've done a few illegals in my time).

He's not saying I have to the Academy or anything, he just wants me to take the exam "to keep my options open". Any input would be appreciated.
 

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Is this a position that you are truly interested in? Is it something you see yourself doing?

...........If not..........You could keep your options opening by taking other State, cival service test......Just a thought;-)
 

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hema said:
Is this a position that you are truly interested in? Is it something you see yourself doing?

...........If not..........You could keep your options opening by taking other State, cival service test......Just a thought;-)
I have always wanted to be a police officer, ever since I was a little kid. I just don't think that I'm able to do it at this time in my life. My grandfather wants me to do this because he was a state police officer himself (In additions to being in the Air Force and the Marines).

I'm really just wondering if it's possible for someone with SA to make it through the acadamy and be able to perform as an officer with this disorder.
 

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Key words "At this time in my life"...........I think we should all attempt our dreams (when you're ready)......I think on our death beds, we don't regret what we have done, only what we didn't attempt........

Take the test........No one says you have to enter the academy now...........

You're aware of the battery of test one has to go through,..."Emotional problems" can be.......A negative..)........Simply because the stresses of the job. "If you can't handle life now, what's it going to be like" I'm thinking that's the realm of their ideas......

We all have different "Forms" of SA.......Where I can go out, with strangers people think I'm outgoing as all go......That's passing............

How do "We" know.............When you're "ON the job" your SA wouldn't disappate.......

Again, I understand the reasonings......Although I think there should be follow up test......After someones been on the job, 5 years..........

Take the test........Again, no one said you had to enter the academy............
 

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Thanks for the advice. Again, the exam isn't until the spring, so I think If I start preparing mentally and physically for it now, I'll see how I feel about it when the time comes. Thanks again.
 

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You're welcome,
Hey, eons ago, a friend of mine went through the academy, she was "Older" when she did "This was the best shape I was ever in"....... Also, just a thought......As you're preppring your body.........I bet your mind imporves as well!
 

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I work in Mental Health where we have to intervene with loud, intoxicated, and assaultive people.We have to search people, set limits with them, restrain them etc.There are Police Officers with different personalities, as well as in my line of work....Some are gung ho, control freaks, on power trips etc., while others are quiet, accommodating etc.The job isn't the person....There are lots of politicians, celebrities, entertainers etc. who are extremely gregarious on stage but quiet and uncomfortable in person.
The job or role is just a facade that they don in public....
 

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I work in Mental Health where we have to intervene with loud, intoxicated, and assaultive people.We have to search people, set limits with them, restrain them etc.There are Police Officers with different personalities, as well as in my line of work....Some are gung ho, control freaks, on power trips etc., while others are quiet, accommodating etc.The job isn't the person....There are lots of politicians, celebrities, entertainers etc. who are extremely gregarious on stage but quiet and uncomfortable in person.
The job or role is just a facade that they don in public....
Thanks, I never really thought about it that way. I guess I just grouped all officers into that gung ho category without really looking at the individual. I don't know what I'm going to do right now, but it won't hurt to prepare for the exam, even if I don't go through with it this round.
 

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When I was in college I took the exams offered by the Seattle Police Department. I passed the physical tests, and boy were they a joke. I had to do like 30 sit-ups and 15 push-ups. The hardest thing is you have to jog 1.5 miles or so, but they give you sooooo much time to do it. If you walked fast you could probably make it in time. So, I wouldn't worry about the physical tests too much.

As for the polygraph, you should probably admit that stuff upfront so you don't have to worry about it. If it's too late for that, would you believe that the accuracy rating for lie detectors is in the 50-70% range? I had a couple of different college textbooks that mentioned that. Hollywood sure makes us think it's 100%.
 

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As for the polygraph, you should probably admit that stuff upfront so you don't have to worry about it. If it's too late for that, would you believe that the accuracy rating for lie detectors is in the 50-70% range? I had a couple of different college textbooks that mentioned that. Hollywood sure makes us think it's 100%.
That's crazy! Only 50-70%? Hollywood does make us think it's 100%. I remember watching something like SUV: Law & Order or CSI and they were saying "get a polygraph on them to prove it". I wonder how a polygraph test would affect someone with anxiety. Even when I didn't do anything wrong... just being accused my anxiety sky rockets and I practically feel guilty.
 

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OneIsALonelyNumber said:
As for the polygraph, you should probably admit that stuff upfront so you don't have to worry about it. If it's too late for that, would you believe that the accuracy rating for lie detectors is in the 50-70% range? I had a couple of different college textbooks that mentioned that. Hollywood sure makes us think it's 100%.
That's crazy! Only 50-70%? Hollywood does make us think it's 100%. I remember watching something like SUV: Law & Order or CSI and they were saying "get a polygraph on them to prove it". I wonder how a polygraph test would affect someone with anxiety. Even when I didn't do anything wrong... just being accused my anxiety sky rockets and I practically feel guilty.
SA people would have a 100% you are lying rate according to the machine. :lol
 

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lol Oh man.

There was a theft at our store and my boss thinks it's someone who works there. And there's only a few of us. So she was threatening to make us take polygraph tests if someone didn't come forward. I don't know if she could make us do that... like say... "take the test or loose your job". It hasn't come up lately, so I guess it was just an empty threat. But I was in a state of anxiety for weeks over that! I'm going in my head, "I don't steal! But what if the polygraph test is wrong and then everyone thinks I did it? What if I don't do the test and everyone thinks I am guilty cause I wont do it?"
 
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