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Thread: Lateral transfers
03-12-06, 08:50 AM #1
Seeing as law doesnt have to undergo full training as a result of already having 9 weeks in an alternative college I am curious how this works.
If for example myself, Einstein or Long wanted to join NYPD or another US force would we have to apply and train in the exact same way as all other recruits or would our training/experience allow an alternative? I know the Australian forces were in Ireland and England + other EU states recruiting and its a refresher course not a full training course the guys undergo when they go over.
Of course I am skipping citizenship and other requirments for the purpose of this question.Originally Posted by TXCharlie
03-12-06, 10:34 AM #2
You guys would have to start from scratch... Citizenship varies from department to department. In my department, you just need a valid "green card" to work. You will be expected to apply for citizenship. I supervised an officer who formerly worked for the London Metro Police. I had to file a memo to personnel every year updating them on his status along with documentation till he obtained citizenship. We have several officers from Canada going through the citizenship process now. The diversity these people bring to the department is an asset.
Once you get your police officer certification here in the US, It's much easier to lateral. It varies by state but in California, many departments will accept out of state laterals. You have to meet the states minimum training hours & pass a written test. You will also have to attend some department specific training. Again, this all varies state-to-state, department-to-department.
In my experience, the officers from other countries that joined my department were welcomed openly and thrived within the organization.
My department welcomes laterals but we background them very carefully & thoroughly to make sure we are not getting someone else’s problem as this has been known to happen. It's not uncommon for a department to give a good reference to an officer who in reality is a moron, just to get rid of them...
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03-13-06, 10:14 PM #3
Over here, laterals from other states have to get X amount of hours of academy training to get PTC (police training comission) certified.
I'd safely say that you'd be doing the whole 22 week thing, at least here in NJ."We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
NOTE: NJ Supreme Court no longer allows effective policing in the "Garden State". The above statement may not apply.
03-13-06, 11:02 PM #4
North Carolina only recognizes a few other states as having a comparable LEO training standard. I could clearly see someone from another country having to start from scrach here, regardless of what state. What with constitutional law, various state laws, and city/county ordinances specific to social norms and mores. Although British and Irish standards of policing are quite similar to those of the United States, many countries have an entirely different philosophy. Someone from a country where things like constitutional or civil rights are non existent could be a major liability to a law enforcement agency.
03-13-06, 11:06 PM #5FishTail Guest
I find it quite odd that whilst the American Bar Association recognises my English law degree and exempts me from the academic part of becoming an attorney, I'd have to learn US law to be a US cop...kinda makes me wonder what sort of attorney I'd make...
03-14-06, 01:10 AM #6Originally Posted by LongTail
03-14-06, 01:15 AM #7FishTail Guest
03-14-06, 01:40 AM #8
Well, here you wouldn't have to wear a wig and robes...\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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03-14-06, 04:50 AM #9Originally Posted by TattoodDucky"To the German commander: 'Nuts!' The American Commander" - General Tony McAuliffe, 101st Airborne Division
03-14-06, 11:11 AM #10Originally Posted by LongTail
03-14-06, 11:51 AM #11FishTail Guest
Oh, granted, the bar exam. But I wouldn't have to get a law degree in the US.
Yeah, most of the lawyers I know actually know jack shit about the day to day laws we use.
03-14-06, 12:17 PM #12
First y'all will have to learn how to drive on the right side of the road.
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03-14-06, 02:15 PM #13Originally Posted by TattoodDuckyOriginally Posted by TXCharlie
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