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10 Tricks For Picking the Right Department

Dr. Richard Weinblatt

6) Do ride-alongs. Nothing gets you a feel for an agency as much as actually sitting in the car and watching the types and volume of calls for service, attitude of the sworn personnel, and support given to the street officers (someone you are hoping to be) by the administration. The world is different on the other side of the windshield. Just remember, while you are checking out the agency, they are scrutinizing you. This is especially true if they know you have already applied. It is a chance for you to get information and to impress, but it can also be a chance to ruin your reputation if you say or do inappropriate things during the ride-along.

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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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