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Pa. State Police Woo Military Veterans with Credit for Experience

December 19, 2013  | 

The Pennsylvania State Police hope to entice active military personnel, veterans, and full-time cops to join its ranks by allowing them to replace college credits with work experience, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Gov. Tom Corbett announced on Wednesday that, effective immediately, state police cadets can get a waiver on some, or all, of required college credits if they served in the military or law enforcement for a certain amount of time. State police hope to entice active military personnel, veterans and full-time cops to join its ranks by allowing them to replace college credits with work experience.

"The veterans we are trying to reach have the skill set, discipline and training which could lead to an easy transition from the military to law enforcement," he said, "but many excellent candidates who come out of the military have been excluded because they do not meet the current college eligibility requirements."

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Trigger @ 12/19/2013 3:44 PM

I applaud PA SP for this move!!

Rice Paddy Daddy @ 12/19/2013 6:47 PM

No one I'd rather have with me in a tight spot than an Iraq or Afghanistan combat vet (bein' one myself) smart call PSP these folks are tough, smart and dedicated! They make great LEOs!

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/19/2013 7:18 PM

Very bad policy. Military background especially a combat background brings the wrong kind of people into contact with the public. A well rounded person with a more restrained personality and superior education is far safer to be around the public than a heavily armed killer. Of the officers I have seen with field military experience they are quick to explode and heavy handed with the public. But if that's what you want then that's what you get.

SemperFi @ 12/20/2013 8:43 AM

Ima Leprechaun - I bet your a School Resource Officer, aren't you?

I'm not impressed with the "College Educated" retards in my agency, they are scared, can't spell, can't write, look like they jumped on a wrinkle bomb, and their Degree in "Restaurant Management" really isn't helping anyone... Give me a Vet as a partner any day

mike @ 12/20/2013 5:13 PM

I'm familiar with cowards who join the law enforcement community and then become crusaders against us. One retired lieutenant was a Vietnam-era draft dodger who came into the ranks after the amnesty was declared and became a cop-hating, non-combatant like Ima Leprechaun.

ssc1911 @ 12/26/2013 7:43 AM

The PA State Police are doing something right. persons who have served in the military or in law enforcement are an excellent asset to a police agency. They have certain skills, knowledge of many things. Work experience should be highly considered for applicants. College is good for advancement, but it doesn't beat actual experience in any way. Retired LEO

Jack Betz @ 12/31/2013 7:25 AM

Was a day that vets were the rule as far as police recruits went. Much better than some dope who spent four years majoring in football with minors in frat parties and girls.

Lenny @ 1/7/2014 6:22 PM

Well, they know how to kill people that should help.

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