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10 Tricks For Picking the Right Department

Dr. Richard Weinblatt

10) Figure out who is hiring. No amount of your personal desire will get you a coveted position if that agency isn’t hiring. Worse yet is the situation where hiring happens followed shortly thereafter by the layoff of the lowest seniority probationary employees due to budget cuts.

The idea is to take a proactive research approach to get a handle on both scenarios. Find out from instructors and other law enforcers in your social and professional network what agencies are looking to take on new officers. Scour the classified ads, sites like, and job search boards like

In order to make sure you landing in an economically viable agency that won’t turn around and lay you off quickly, I suggest that you research the city or county finances. Check council minutes, scrutinize public financial records, and read relevant newspaper articles online.

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