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    40 Years-Old, Too Old to be a COP?

    I am 40 years-old and I want to become a San Diego Police Officer. Am I too old? Please give me an honest opinion!

    Some background:

    I retired 2 years ago from the Marine Corps after 20 years of active-duty service. I was enlisted, GySgt (E-7). My job was non-combat related and I did not go to Iraq or Afghanistan. Honorbale discharge.

    I served as a Reserve Police Officer in Biloxi, Mississippi for 14 months (1997-1998). No bad evals, all good.

    I am still in fairly good shape and I am sure I can pass the Physical Abilities Test.

    100% clean background. Never been arrested, only a couple traffic tickets.

    Never, ever did drugs. Never even tried marijuana.

    Is 40 too old or do I have a chance? Please advise. Thank you.

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    40 is nowhere near too old. One of my academy classmates was 52 when we took the course back in 1990.

    I suspect you'd run rings around the youngsters.

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    In my department, you have to be 39 prior to entering the academy. That doesn't mean I agree with it, but it is our department's regulation. Make sure that SDPD doesn't have a similar requirement.

    Otherwise, I don't think it is too old. We had a guy who was 39 and turned 40 in the academy. He smoked a lot of younger guys during the physical testings.
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    I agree with the others many of the officers I work with are retired AF. Most did 20 plus (a couple did 25 plus) prior to getting hired with us. As long as SD doesn't have an age limit I say go for it.

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    Nope. 56 year old graduated in my class...he was in good shape too! Craziness! :D

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    Age is more a state of mind. Not too old by a long shot.
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    Believe me I'd rather have someone with your experience back me up on a call than some of the 22 year old kids that my department has been hiring lately.

    I'd say you have a great chance.

    Good luck and keep us posted!

    Chad

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    SDPD has no age limit and I have been thinking about this for about a year now so I am finally going to do it. I have decided that I am going to take the written test and pyhsical fitness test in May.

    Thanks for all the support! I'll keep you posted.

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