Hopeful Future Officer

Hey my name is Cheyenne and I'm 17 years old, and for as long as I can remember being a police officer is always what I wanted to. This September I am starting my first year in college. I'm going to be working towards getting my criminology degree. I'm not particularly worried about working in a male dominated field since I find that I tend to befriend more guys then I do girls. The thing that worries me the most is not being taken seriously by the public and by my, future, fellow officers. Any tips on how I can still be taken seriously but still be viewed as friendly officer?

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It took some time...

by Sam

When I finished training and started on the road, I found that some of the male officers wouldn't talk to me. But there were some that were welcoming and helped me along.

Eventually when they got to know me everything was fine and I feel like I fit in great, but there was a bit of an adjustment to make.

Even in this day and age it's still a male dominated profession to a certain degree but it's changing and I'm loving my new career!

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"Mom, I want to be a cop...I know I'm small but it's not my fault!"

by Julianna
(indiana)

Hello!

First, allow me to say that this has been one of the best online resources I've found detailing the life of a police officer.Thanks for the helpful and personable info. I have recently become interested in law enforcement as a career. I am a college grad, but did not major in math or science; that "misstep" in major choice has left me with few career options outside of secretarial work. I even considered joining the navy but even with my degree, I was not eligible for Officer Training School because of my focus of studies. Alas, I consider this all a sign. : )

After all, I'd been writing since sixth grade so majoring in math or science was never likely. lol... Anyways, here is my question:

Would a small built, 5'3", 110 lb 23 year old girl like myself be of use as a police officer?
My brother is a fireman, so I understand the fear that women cannot do a physical job as well as men; my sister-in-law has expressed worry over a woman being able to drag my brother out of a burning building if necessary.But I've also read a lot about how a woman often possesses communication skills that difuse criminal/law situations. It's funny. If you look online, there is an article from Time magazine from the 80s that asks: "Can women be cops?" And in the nineties an article appears in the same magazine wondering: "Are women better cops?" Clearly, with time and studies, the stigma of the female cop changes and her value becomes more obvious. I just worry that these are women who are built more athletically than me. I am fit but small. I believe I could do it. I believe that extensive training and back up is used by everyone, even the strongest, toughest men.

I'd like to hear your opinion on some policewomen you know. How tall they are. How much muscle is really required to be safe and keep those around you safe.

Thank you kindly!

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Lady Chopper Pilot

by April
(P.C.B., FL)

I am a female deputy sheriff for a little known county in Florida. I've served in the military for 13 years and have been a tom boy much of my life. Hanging out and trying to prove myself in a male dominated culture has been a life long struggle. Throughout my military career, I was the only female surrounded by guys and learned that as long as you do your job and try the best you can, most guys will gladly respect you. As a cop, I didn't really pay much attention to the differences because it never really bothered me. My mentality is: if you don't like it you can kiss it. As a female helicopter pilot for the department in a mostly rural town, I do happen to notice that even the public has stereotypes. I can remember this one time, I was going to land in field and display the helicopter to a large group of children and parents for a special event. Due to the fact, that I am a relatively petite woman, I need to take a extra person along with me for weight and balance reasons. This person also usually serves as my Tactical Flight Officer and operates the camera and map systems in a call out. My TFO for the day was a 6'0 tall, very skinny male. After I landed and we both exited the bird, the presenter asked that they give the pilot a round of applause. Then I started to notice that all the kids, and the male parents started going up to my TFO and asking him all about the helicopter, leaving me standing there all alone. As I sat there and watched, I could here my TFO kindly explain that he doesn't fly the helicopter but merely sits in the passenger seat. I just kinda laughed as all the men slowly turned and had a dumbfounded look on their faces when they realized that I, all 5'3 120lbs of me, had actually flown the helicopter and landed it. To this day it makes me laugh, and it really doesn't bother me. I get the most enjoyment seeing their facial expressions when they realize what I am. So to all you future female cops out there, don't be afraid, don't let it get to you. Just continue to be yourself and do everything it is you want to do in life. You don't have to prove yourself to anyone but yourself and when you realize that you'll see that all those guys who had something smart to say, quickly become mute! Good luck!

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dispatch to soon to be female officer

Ive been working in dispatch for almost two years, I applied for this job to get closer to law enforcement. I want to be a officer i actually put in for a transfer to become a officer.Well found out that I have a interview for a officers position. Iam still wondering if i can do this. All I keep telling my self just go for it try it & see what happens. I know size doesn't matter because there is a couple officers that are short, iam also short. As of right now iam still in dispatch & my job is getting all info for officers,& giving directions to locations. What iam trying to say is that some of the male officers make comments like (& you want to become a officer?) or (you better do this) or (that), (if you want to become a officer).I only have traning in communication/dispatch I have none of the training for on the streets or for officer.
I would like to hear what yall guys have to say or hear from a female officer on how it was starting out as a female officer for the first time

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Police Applicant

by Jamie
(Indiana)

Hi my name is Jamie, I'm 26 and I've wanted to be a police officer for as long as I can remember. When the other little girls in the neighborhood were playing with barbies, I was playing cops and robbers, always chasing after the bad guy. I have roughly 30 credits from my community college for Criminal Justice. Unfortunately I have not been able to go back and finish. I turned in my application for the police department a year ago, they only have active recruitment starting in January and they called me to come in for the physical assessment. I am worried that the Physical Assessment will cost me a spot. The requirements for males and females are the same in my state (IN) I am working very hard every night and day to make sure I am in the best condition possible. I have excellent communication skills, and I have been researching and writing since I was 10 years old. I feel that I would be a wonderful addition to the police department but if I can't pass the physical assessment I will not have the chance to tell them, and show them my qualifications. Does anyone have any helpful hints on how to prepare for the physical assessment. Any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks so much!

Future Police Officer
Jamie :)

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Safety tips for female officers

I just had this concern about being a police officer. I'm 5'1 and this concerns me because of course a lot of individuals are going to be taller than me. Any tips as to how to be safe out on the job?

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i love to work as a police

by nazia
(kurnool,andhra pradesh,india)

I am from India. Where I live, there is lots of poverty and problems especially for ladies. I want to help them by getting a police job. It is my childhood dream to get a police job.

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