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Can I become a police officer in Canada and then move to Detroit?

Asked by DetroitBecomeHuman (8points) January 11th, 2020 from iPhone

I’ll be taking training in Conestoga College’s Doon campus but I’d like to one day move to Detroit Michigan. Would it be possible to transfer my skills from a police job in Canada to a police job in the US?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

No see here ciitzenship is a requirement.

jca2's avatar

Every job has requirements and if you meet the requirements, you have a chance.

Brian1946's avatar

Sure, but you’ll have three major challenges to surmount: adjusting to a warmer climate, learning a new accent, and overcoming anti-snowback bigotry. ;-)

SergeantQueen's avatar

It is my understanding that most departments in the U.S have lateral transfer but ONLY of you are already in the U.S. So if you moved from one state to another, you could still work without re-doing the police academy. But, it all depends on the department.
So you very likely will have to go through the police academy again because I’m sure the training is so different between Canada and U.S.

Also check department requirements as some require 60 college credits (most in my state do).

I don’t know how other places do it, but I’m going to throw this out there: In Wisconsin, police academies cost around $5,000. But if you get hired by a department first (which you should do) they will sponsor you and pay for it all.

1)Become a citizen first.
2)Pick a department and make sure you meet all requirements
3)Go through the very long hiring process that varies from department to department
4) Go through their police academy

MrGrimm888's avatar

I’m afraid that your Canadian certification, will mean little.
It may help you through the academy. But. It will carry no weight…
Good luck being a LEO,in Detroit.
Make sure you are in top shape, and have excellent marksman skills, and I’d get a reliable sidearm. Preferably a. 45 cal…
Get extra clips. See if the PD, will let you keep a shotgun, or assault rifle.
Keep your head on a swivel. Stay frosty…

SergeantQueen's avatar

^ But surely, the experience would help, right? Yeah, things are going to be done differently in Canada, but dealing with the public, traffic stops, etc have to count for something right? That’s why you can switch departments without always having to go through the academy again, you have the experience.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Citizenship is required by Detroit Police ! Right from their application page.

Must be at least 18 years of age – Possess a valid Driver’s License
High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution
U.S. Citizenship – No Felony Convictions

SergeantQueen's avatar

Yes @Tropical_Willie Didn’t you already say that? I don’t believe they mean you have to be born here. You just have to become a legal U.S Citizen. OP said they are thinking about moving to Detroit later in life. You’d have to become a citizen to do that.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Also 18? dang I thought it was 21

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Sure, but you’ll have three major challenges to surmount: adjusting to a warmer climate…

Detroit is north of Canada.

One of my favorite bar bets.

Sagacious's avatar

You need to move to Michigan and become a citizen of the USA, then go to Detroit’s police academy. You gotta really want it. Good luck!

MrGrimm888's avatar

SQ. Like I said, the experience will help, in the academy. It’ll probably help on the streets too.
A good LEO, should learn something from each incident. Mainly, how to do it better…That means with less violence, and/or danger to yourself. You keep your hand on your pistol. You order people to keep their hands out of their pockets. You learn to read people, and the situation. You never underestimate ANYONE. EVER…

Such things, come with the job. You might be arresting a man who just beat his girl down. All your attention, is on the man. Next thing you know, the girl is attacking YOU. Maybe with a kitchen knife, or worse.

Could be a house fire, and you get there first. Do you wait for the fire department? What if someone is inside?

Accident scene? You get the person out of the vehicle, in case it catches fire. But. You risk injuring them further. Lawsuit, court, will follow.

You learn to look at details. If a man has his watch, on his left hand, he’s probably right handed. If he has a knife, it’s probably in his right pocket. Or, if he’s going to throw a punch, it’s probably going to be his right.
What do his hands look like? Heavily scarred knuckles. He fights, a lot. That’s how my hands look.
What about his face? Recent black eye, or scars? The guy could be a problem…
What about his feet?
You stay “bladed.” Keeping your feet inside of his. If he’s trying to get his feet inside of yours, he’s potentially an experienced fighter, and will attack you.
Tattoos. What, and where are they? They may have meaning.
A spider web, on an elbow? That typically means he’s done hard time. Doesn’t mean he’s a bad person. But it means he’s a criminal. Be careful…
A devil, or an M, or 13, can certainly mean he’s a gang member, or former gang member… Be careful.
Hand tattoos. They’re illegal, in most states. They could be “stripes.” He did something bad, to earn those stripes… Be careful.
Body language. If he’s shifting around, flat footed, be ready for a sucker punch. But. You’ve already figured out, which arm it will be. Because you’re watching his posture, and other things. Like the watch…

Burns on a person’s clothing?They probably pass out with burning cigarettes, and the cigarette falls out of their unconscious mouth…
They are are either a drunk, or on drugs.
Tattoos, on arm pits, can cover injectable drug marks…

A person, can be read by their appearance. Lines on their arms. Probably a cook. Burnt by ovens.
Little puncher wounds, on the hands, means that they probably have a puppy….

Information, gives you power.

An observant LEO, already knows a lot about the person whom they are talking to…

You read people…. Then, there are not many surprises…
You’ve got them, before they get you.

Experience, and gained knowledge, gives a LEO, a huge advantage.
Then. It’s up to the LEO.
You have to be physically fit, and ready to restrain someone. And protect yourself. My guys, needed to be able to restrain somebody, or talk them down. With minimal damage, to all of us…. Unless they produce a weapon….

The OP, needs to understand that he will be in situations where, there isn’t a “right” answer…..
That sucks….

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