Re: Is anybody else at a crossroads in life right now?
I would seriously evaluate what you are passionate about and research ways to make a living with them. If you want to be a police officer, then put your effort into that.
Don't back yourself into an imaginary corner tho because your options are far more plentiful than you would imagine. There are a shocking amount of different profession you can work in and just because something doesn't have a traditional educational path or societal value doesn't mean it isn't a possible alternative.