noneck said:Don't get discouraged, at least they didn't tell you never to apply to any police force and then initiate an investigation against you! If they defer you then the best thing you can do is use that time to improve your application and then bounce back in three years. That shows motivation and determination that this is the job for you.
BTW it took me 6 years and three exams to get on.....maybe it's just cause I am thick!
Thanks for the encouragement. My problem is age: I'm 35 now and rather well employed with no debts beyond a car loan, so now was a good time to make a career change. In 3 years I'll be pushing 40 and probably have a house, so spending 7 or so months with no income might be somewhat hard on myself and the familly.
On another note, here is a question for you: I have a strong IT and information security background and I was told there was the possibility of me going straight to a federal unit if I got in. What's your take on that? If that actually happened what would other members think of me for not "paying my dues" with the usual field training as a patrol officer?