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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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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.
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.
WinterDave said:
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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