07-28-2009, 05:09 AM #51
I'm a Border Patrol Agent, and have been in law enforcement for over 10 years. (And a member of this forum for 1 day) I can say that you came to the right place to ask your questions. I've read the responses to your initial question, and couldn't agree more. You are getting some great advice from these guys.
First of all, you're only 18. That's not a cheap shot at your age, but you're still young. You have plenty of time, so listen to the advice the guys on this forum give you. 500pearl and GB0610 recommended going to college and joining the Service. NOTHING can prepare you more for the real world than a good education. Service in the military will not only add to that education, but it will prepare you not only for the physical demands of a career in law enforcement, but will teach you discipline as well.
audi0xpl0de made another great point: take writing courses. In law enforcement, you are defined by your writing skills. You may make a great arrest, but if you cannot articulate it in a written report, your credibility is shot.
You asked about a job with a lot of action. That concerns me a little. Not that you want a job in law enforcement that has a lot of action. But, that you may not understand what comes with that. Furrball409 is right. There is A LOT of action in the Border Patrol, and I can say that from experience. I will never talk down any other agency or department, but I have seen my share of action.
I have been in more foot and vehicle pursuits than I can count. I have been assaulted and shot at. I have arrested not only illegal aliens, but U.S. citizens as well. I've arrested smugglers, child molesters, rapists, and other wanted felons. I've stopped drunk drivers, and have assisted in domestic violence calls. I've been the first responder to many vehicle accidents, some of which included fatalities. I've recovered more dead bodies in the desert than I care to remember, and have watched people die in front of me.
I'm not trying to glamorize my job, nor am I trying to shock you. This is the reality of my job.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to have a job with a lot of action. I have to admit, I thrive on it. The action gets your adrenaline going. It can be like a roller coaster ride. But, it's a "double-edged" sword. You also have to deal with the negative things that I mentioned. It can be ugly.
It sounds like you're on the right track. Keep researching, get an education, and ALWAYS listen to those who have experience. This forum is a great source of information. You wanna be a cop? You came to the right place.
To answer your question about speaking Spanish, the Border Patrol is the only federal agency where that is a requirement. You don't have to know it before you enter the academy. They will teach you what you need to know.
Good luck, Claymore. Remember, there are no dumb questions. Whatever question you ask, I'm sure that there is someone on this forum who will have an answer for you. I know I still could learn a thing or two from these guys.
07-31-2009, 12:17 PM #52
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08-01-2009, 09:04 PM #53
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