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As the thread topic reads, I am currently working on my paperwork for becoming a police officer in Baltimore, specifically for the Baltimore Police Department. I'm currently out-of-state, which adds another wrinkle to the process (I live in Kentucky presently, but have lived in Alexandria for around a year, so I'm familiar with the basic area).
So first of all, I'd like to ask for any tips and advice in order to reach that goal. As I said, I'm working on my paperwork, and looking to put it in after July 4th. I'm in good shape (though I do need to work on my running, which I'm doing currently.) I have a degree (BFA in graphic design), I'm 27 and I don't think any of the physical requirements will be a problem. My record is spotless aside from one speeding ticket ages ago that I went to driving school for, and I believe my credit is decent.
Anyone have tips for getting better at running quickly? I believe I need to do a 1.5 mile run in 15.5 minutes.
Civil Service exam-> Tips? Study guides? I've seen some sample questions and while it doesn't seem difficult it can't hurt to get a leg up.
Living areas- I have a friend helping me here but any tips or experiences on the great places to live? If I do get into the academy, it will be a paid venture so I don't have to scrimp too much here.
Acceptance- considering I pass the tests, is it more or less a sure thing to get into the academy? The website makes it seem like it is, but with budget concerns across the great 50 states it makes a body wonder.
I'm really getting into police work to help people. I feel like I have a calling to do that kind of work. Something to help my community and my fellow man (rather than say, sell something). If the police venture falls through, or I find I don't like it, what are some other good options here. I was thinking EMT would be a good back-up choice. What kind of training is involved and how much more or less difficult a process is that? What are some other ideas for careers working in civil service?