law enforcement career..good choice for a gay man?

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    Jan 16, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    So,I am thinking about changing careers and applying to canada's national police force but I have some reservations as I have often heard that gay men ,no matter how competent they are are generally not well treated in policing.Anybody out there who can share their thoughts or experience on this one.thanksicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 16, 2008 5:14 AM GMT
    I should also mention that many of the police forces in Canada claim they want to actively recruit gay/lesbian applicants but it seems it is more talk than anything.Thoughts?
  • Artesin

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    Jan 16, 2008 5:32 AM GMT
    Well you have to think that the thought of becomming a police officer brings about visions of a conservative manner and then you have the images of cops always bullshitting with each other. Unless your saying stupid shit I don't even see how you being gay would come into play. I wouldn't say it really mattered because why would you let it be known unless your arround people who you know tolerate it ? Seems like any other profession to me... I was thinking about taking up detective work in NYC if everything else falls through but I'm not to bright on the whole idea of having to be uniformed for at least 6 months. Only interesting parts are murder scenes, not so much upholding the law aha.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 16, 2008 11:45 AM GMT
    Depends on where you go
    most big cities have gay police societies
    but a lot of the more rural and suburban areas still have that str8 frat boy mentality
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    Jan 16, 2008 12:04 PM GMT
    It depends on where you are. Chicago, for example, always has a lot of openly gay and lesbian police officers that have their own float in the Pride parade. As far as I know (and I could be wrong) it isn't that much of an issue for them.

    My hometown in NC, on the other hand, is very small, southern and conservative... and the only gay law officer I know of there was on the sheriff's department... and very, very closeted and paranoid about it. He went on a few years later to be elected as county sheriff, but he's even further in the closet now... and I know if he were out in that location, he'd have hell to pay.

    I'd see if there's a gay police society/fraternity/organization type thing in your area and maybe try to talk with some of them. Nobody's going to know for sure what its like on the local police force than someone who's actually on it.

    Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jan 17, 2008 1:29 AM GMT
    I don't see why not.
  • BlackJock79

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    Jan 17, 2008 1:45 AM GMT
    No, not for me it wouldn't be. I think I would abuse my power. icon_redface.gif

    Speeding Hot Jock: Please officer. Don't give me a ticket...

    BlackJock79 the Cop: What are you going to do... or show me to get out of this ticket?

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