Omar Mateen’s quest to become a law enforcement officer led him to apply for a job with the Florida Highway Patrol in 2011, but he failed his exam, state records show.
His hopes were further dashed when he reapplied for the police academy at Indian River State College in 2015 and was not selected for admission. He had been kicked out of the academy eight years earlier after threatening to bring a gun into class, records show. At the time, his plan was to be a corrections officer, although his ouster from the academy ended that.
“I want to make get [sic] into law enforcement. It has been my goal ever since I was an [sic] adolescence,’’ Mateen wrote on his FHP application in 2011.
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Mateen, the 29-year-old gunman who killed 49 people in Orlando on June 12, failed to earn a passing score of 79 in his law enforcement exam and wasn’t accepted as a candidate, records show.
His FHP employment application also reveals details of his work as a security guard with G4S Secure Solutions USA, where he had been employed as an armed protection officer since 2007.
I want to make get [sic] into law enforcement. It has been my goal ever since I was an [sic] adolescence.
Omar Mateen, in his 2011 FHP application
He said he worked in Orange Beach, Ala., in 2010 providing security for the BP oil spill that followed the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April of that year.
Also while at G4S, he said he worked from 2008 to 2010 as an intake officer for the Juvenile Assessment Center in Fort Pierce, where he said he fingerprinted and searched juveniles for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s office.
He also worked for the Port of Palm Beach and conducted armed bank patrols for Bank of America in Palm Beach Gardens.
On his 2015 application for the police academy, he said he did not drink alcohol, but he did use marijuana and steroids in the past. He also admitted that he had been arrested as a youth for a fight that led to his expulsion from Martin County High School.