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    What is the age limit to becoming a police officer?

    Hello to all, I was just wondering what the age requirement is to become a polie officer and at what age is too old to become a police officer?
    I am 32 year old male, looking at how to become a police officer. Though I am begging to think my window of oppurtunity has passed me by.

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    I'm sure the age limit will vary from one dept. to another, but I'm also pretty sure the age limit is higher than 32 at most depts.

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    You're fine. In fact, a lot of departments prefer to hire older folks, do to life experience. Hell, my department recently hired a full bird colonel in his 50's. The bastard is getting a decent pay check, plus a full pension. *grumbles*

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    Depends from dept. to dept. and in some cases by state. I think IL or IN cuts off at 35, but most states aren't as strict. there is no upper age limit in Ohio.

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    No age limit in Kansas for police.

    With the feds in a covered position, it's 37 unless preference eligible veteran.
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    I know of a few people that got hired on in their late forties and early fifties.

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    If you're over 30 though, you don't get to sit with the "cool" cadets at lunch. Fortunately, I'll be 29 when I start the academy, so I'll be one of the "cool" cadets.

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    I'm 48 and, according to a patrol sergeant where I intend to apply, I'm actually a pretty good candidate, with life experience and maturity to offset getting a later start in this than many. A guy who's 56 was hired there recently.

    At your age I think the sky's the limit (although I understand there are some agencies that have limits).

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    NY is one that has limits. 34 I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepyCop View Post
    You're fine. In fact, a lot of departments prefer to hire older folks, do to life experience. Hell, my department recently hired a full bird colonel in his 50's. The bastard is getting a decent pay check, plus a full pension. *grumbles*

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    I was 38 when i came on, after a 20 year Navy career. Our oldest recruit was 58, retired from Verizon, is one of our better detectives now. Too bad he has to bail at age 65.

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