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LEOs and X-LEOs - some questions from a hopeful.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by SgtKashim, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. SgtKashim

    SgtKashim Wilsonville, Oregon Member

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    I've been trying to figure out what level of education is expected for police/sheriff deputies in the area. I'm still considering applying with the local Sheriff's office when I turn 21, but I'm also sniffing around for information.
    Anything you've got would be helpful...

    What percentage of officers do you think have a 4 year degree, 2 year degree, no college?
    How does having/not having a degree affect promotion chances?
    How many LEOs have military experience?

    Basically, I'm about half-finished with my degree, and I'm looking at my options.
    Thanks in advance. :)
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2009
  2. ch139

    ch139 teh gehtoe Active Member

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    Finish school.
  3. Spartan117

    Spartan117 Vancouver, WA New Member

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    Yep finish school!!!....It opens up all sorts of possibilities. Make sure and look into reserve law enforcement or some sort of explorer's (they volunteer with LEO's) Are you working on a Bachelors?

    Not sure about OR but in WA, state troops are initially trained the longest out of all agencies...That's definitely a GOOD thing.

    (Although, game wardens have the best patrol vehicles - Ford F150's :cool:)
  4. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Most dept.'s require at least a 2 yr degree for promotion to Sgt., and some want a 4 yr for anything Lt. and above...just depends on the dept.

    I can't recall how long the WSP academy is, but everyone else in WA goes thru 720hr academy, which works out to be approx. 4 1/2 months.