another thread asking for advice
any kind of advice is greatly appreciated, Ill try to keep it from turning into a novel.
I am 26 and I'm one of those people who could never find their true calling, until recently. Long story short, ive been enrolled in schools both in Arizona and Michigan for various things and have worked jobs ranging from customer service to working in construction.
4 years ago due to a layoff I started bouncing at a night club for extra cash. Thats when I was bit by the bug, before anyone makes assumptions I was not the meat head "club cop" with the velvet rope authority complex :doh: I got the job through a friend from the city job i was laid off from. The owner liked my attitude so he hired me on the spot. Within the first 6 months i was made head of security because of of my interpersonal skills, i was happy about that because before then i had never worked any type of security job. while there i made alot of friends on local police departments.
about a year ago and wanting to get closer to LE work i moved on from that job into bail bonds. half because I wanted to get more relateable experience and honestly i needed more money! and the economy had picked back up so people actually started hiring again. My uncle tried to get me into the sheriffs dept as a C/O to get started but one week they were putting a class together for the academy and the next week they laid off 5 more guys.
I am still in school and have switched my major from business to criminal justice starting next semester. I started out in the bail bonds industry just doing recovery as a subcontractor, and the company liked me so much they sent me to take my test and get licensed. so I both write bonds and work in enforcement.
My question to you guys is what kind of work history do police departments like to see?
I have a clean record and my driving record is cleaned up. i havent had a ticket in a very long time let alone been pulled over. I am starting to look around for any kind of reserve program out there just to get even closer experience. Ive done a ride along with one of my friends and this is the first time I've felt that I really know what career path i need to take.
All of my friends made the decision back when they were in highschool and went to college straight out of school, and I'm afraid that my random job history before all of this will hinder my chance.
what opinion do police officers typically have of bail bondsmen??
I know alot of wannabe's and slimeballs out there give the industry a bad name. But in most encounters myself and my partner have even if we are out of town, when we talk to an officer they end up treating us sort of like little brothers (mostly because we have our shit together and dont look like idiots when we go to work). I'm just trying to get experience working in a legal setting, conducting investigations and making arrests, but am I wrong in this instance? I dont want to be doing more harm than good for my future.
sorry for the long post but i have a million questions running through my head!