Discussion in 'Reserve / Auxiliary' started by TD624, Jan 29, 2014.
Is it worth it? If you don't want it I'll take your spot in a heartbeat.
it is worth it for a reserve/intermittent job. I don't know what a legit LE job is, and I don't want to know what an illegitimate one is. If you want a per diem job with a law enforcement agency, put yourself through the course. If you don't, or want a full time job, don't.
It's a start. If your going to work for that town and bang out a few details to pay for the academy then sure, why not ?
Just go, you wont be able to get into a full time academy self sponsor anyways. Working part time a little builds a resume, even getting on auxiliary somewhere is good. Not too many places are hiring part timers it seems. But, even if you put yourself through a full time academy, you wont have any road/police experience. You have the competition with military and masters degrees and x amount of law enforcement time going against you. So start small in MA
Or move to Cali or Florida and get a job soon there
Is anybody applying for the NERPI academy in Bedford, in September 2014? Does anyone know what the schedule is going to look like? The website just says the schedule will be 8AM-3PM unless otherwise noted.
It looks like 0800 to 1500 then.
In all seriousness...when I went through 120 hour NERPI several years ago we had Tuesday and Thursday nights one week a month to get more hours in. I would expect a somewhat similar arrangement but that should all be disclosed to you when you show up for day one.
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every Saturday without fail for 50 weeks.....enjoy!
Well the reason I ask is because I work full time during the week. I hope that 8AM-3PM is on Saturdays or else I can't attend. They don't really specify on the website.
the academy is only held on Saturday. I've been working two jobs while attending.
wow. The R/I in mass is out of control now I think, especially given how part time cops are really used here. It's longer than a lot of states' full time academy, and well over twice to four times as long as the part time in other places where part time cops are used heavily in policing. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate the higher level of training, but is it just becoming a money grab for the agency/association who hosts and or provides the instructors?
335 hours now! $1800 Tuition. It ain't for wimps!
You can thank the MA legislature for having such shittily written laws that case law takes up more training time than the actual MGLs. My 120 hour reserve academy covered far more case law and nuances than my FT academy outside the Commonwealth.
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At 335 hours? Uh no, not really.
The nationwide average for full time academies is about 650 hours, with many going way beyond that in certain states.
Not sure about other states, but my guess would be the Mass. R/I is about one third the regular academy ?
Yeah I shouldn't have said a lot of states. But look at Louisiana, Tennessee South Carolina and such, and then compare that to the Plymouth R/I, which is now a solid 400 hours and $1,600.00 in tuition alone. Then also look at the role of part time policing in mass. I think it's absurd.
I went through the Western Mass R/I Academy in 2006 with no promise of being hired anywhere afterwards, Tuition was 1500 dollars plus all the extra money for academy uniform and equipment and spent Tuesday/Thursday night and all day Saturday for over 240 hours. It was worth it because any department doesn't have to wait for you to go through you can fill any vacancies right away they might have.
And to expand on my last post a little further, doing it paid off. I got a job with with the Falmouth PD for the summer (summer "special officer") of 2007. Then was hired onto the Dennis Police in 2008 as a reserve officer and then full time at Mass Maritime Academy as Campus Police (SSPO) and then enlisted in the Air Force and was head of the curve in knowledge for security forces so I was able to test out of half of the training. So in the end the risk is worth the time and money.
With the 102nd? I used to be a blue suit on Otis. Good gig now, went federal from what I hear.
No I went active duty and left the cape for the last 4 years, stationed at hurlburt field in florida
Put yourself through, tons of summer jobs on the cape and islands. Great resume builder and great experience. Also lots of fun on your days off. I went that route and got hired before I graduated the reserve class. Then I was lucky enough to get into a full time academy as a self sponsor after the summer and got picked up full time right before I graduated. It is a hard route to take with no income for 6 months in the full time and total cost for those six months was around $10000. But you can work full time in the reserve and probably have a good summer job for the day you get out. It's going to take a few details to pay it off but in the end its worth it.
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