It won't work against you...it just won't work for you. Any post-secondary education, military, or law enforcement experience will help you (and you must have one of the three, which according to your post, you do). I got hired with no prior military or law enforcement.Will not having any law enforcement experience work against me in the selection process?
There is not a rule or regulation that you have to live at the barracks. However, they can assign you anywhere in the state they want, and you are required to live within a "reasonable distance" or your assigned patrol area (they will decide what is reasonable). Furthermore, for the first year (your "probationary" year), they can move you around from barracks to barracks. So, you cannot really buy property or move your family until you know where you are going to be permanently assigned (which occurs at the end of your probationary year). For that first year, they will find lodging for you wherever you are assigned (be that in the barracks, at the home of a retired trooper or good samaritan, or at the troopers' union headquarters, for example). Once you have been permanently assigned, you can find a place near your patrol area, get your NH driver's license, etc.As I read a few of the posts, I'm starting to get the impression that I'll have to live at the barracks after the academy. Is this true? And if so, is there a set period of time? I have a family and I'm trying to layout my options in the event I get selected to attend the academy.