This is a spin-off of jmur's thread.
It got me thinking about requirements for certification, and departments.
In your opinion, what makes a candidate a better Peace Officer? Does a College Education of two years or four make a person ready for the street and investigations? Is it life experience? Military? Or combination of any of those?
I've heard lore of three LE administrators sitting around discussing potential hires. The first says that he likes his new hires between the ages of 21-23 with military experience or a college degree, perfect credit, and not so much as a traffic ticket. A second administator agrees.
When the first two ask the third for his ideal candidate, they're astounded at the answer.
The salty, older administrator says, "Give me a thirty year old who has worked a dead end job, been divorced, had a car repossessed, and is on the verge of bankrupcy"
The first two bosses sit around and mumble about how crazy the third is, and they'd never hire that person. The third simply answers, "That guy or girl knows something about life and what effects it, they'll make solid decisions on the street, and work their ass off for me"
It may be funny to think of, but I think there is alot of truth to that statement. What's your thoughts?