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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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