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I'm a sixty one year old academy applicant, I'm in good shape according to my doctor and could with conditioning work as an officer of the law. I'm just wondering what my chances are of being hired. Can a graduate that old get a job in this market?

Hi Don,

To be realistic with you the problem with being your age and getting hired is the department realizes realistically you only have a few years left before you will have to retire. If you do apply to places that's going to be the main issue. And also your physical ability will be looked over with a fine tooth comb.

Departments are looking for officers at the entry level that can put 20 or 25 years in. It is said it takes Officers about 5-7 years on the job to have gained all the extra training that they can receive and have learned the job also.

So in answer to your question, I have never seen anyone go through and get hired at anything past 50. I did have a 72 year old go through but he already had a job and they were asking him yo get his certification back, so he had been out to long and had to go through the academy again. He had been a cop for 30 years already. But that was a special circumstance.

Hope this answers your question. Its not impossible but highly unlikely you will be hired.

Be well and stay safe!

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I have been a police officer for 30+ years! I am the Police Academy Commander at the Santa Fe College, Institute of Public Safety in Gainesville Florida It is a full service Law Enforcement and Corrections training facility. I can answer most questions concerning law enforcement procedures, law enforcement training and general questions about law enforcment. I can also answer questions about becoming a law enfocement officer. I have a booklet and web page I have written that answers many questions about how to become a police officer called "So you want to be a cop (police Officer) in Florida?", which is free, Google it.. All you have to do is ask. I teach the following subjects: RADAR/LASER, Law Enforcement Driving, Law Enforcement Firearms and Patrol Techniques, Officer Safety, WMD's for Patrol Officers, Application of Law, Communications skills, Dealing with the Mentally and physically handicapped, and many more subjects. I have worked as a subject matter expert for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and helped to write the police curriculum for the State of Florida. I like answering questions about how to become a police officer, and questions about why did an officer do this or that type questions. I also like answering any questions you may have about police work in general. I do not mind helping with homework questions or trying to answer your questions about legal subjects that I have knowledge of. You will never know the answer until you ask! If you do ask a question, PLEASE take the time to at least rate the answer. I do not get paid to answer these questions and do it on my own time. If you ask, please rate it when I answer. Thanks!!! If its a question about becoming a police officer, it may be answered here: My "hobby" website - Military Videos on YouTube and Facebook!!


I am a 30+ year veteran police officer, I am currently the Police Academy Commander of an Academy in North FLorida. I have been training police officers since 1993 and have trained them in all aspects of law enforcement, including firearms, Driving and legal subjects including patrol techniques and others and training all over the world. I have trained over 5000 officers worldwide in the last 16 years of training.

I am a published author in Accident Investigation from the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management. Also have written and published on the Internet, "So You Want to be a Cop (Police Officer) in Florida?" you can Google it..

I have 2 degrees, in Criminal Justice.

Awards and Honors
Phi Theta Kappa, plus 50+ Departmental Awards over the years. FBI Directors award for assisting in a Nationwide investigation into Child pornography.

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