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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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    over 5 years ago

    Thank your for your article.

  • Dkpd-daniel_max50


    over 5 years ago


    This is an excellent article and is so on point. It's furher to be undrstood that many departments are going through some major changes i.e. personnel and politics. Many agencies are more into public oppinion and political views than they are about public safety, officer safety and moral.

    There's also a phenomena sweeping law enforcement agencies across the country where policing has become a double edged sword. Not only do you have to be concerned about dealing with the criminals on a daily basis in terms of lawsuits and being criminalized yourself but you have to be concerned about your department throwing you under the bus for discharging your duties as a police officer in the name of politics and promotional gains.

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