Step 5: Get Ready for the Exams
There are many companies out there that offer study guides for generic law enforcement exams. If the recruiter you spoke to recommended one over another – buy it and study it from cover to cover. The exam is often times your key into the rest of the application process. Do good, because if you’re applying with multiple agencies, you can expect that your results will be shared amongst the recruiters. Here are some more study tips for you:
There are career advice guides for just about industry out there. Law enforcement is a unique industry where applicants need to pass a series of exams; generally a written test, an interview, and a polygraph exam.
Most libraries have law enforcement related study guides available, however, it highly recommended that you purchase your own so that you can make notes in the book and take the practice exams without worry of defacing the library books. Below are links to many of the highly recommended study guides.
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Many people want to become cops because of what they see on TV or in the movies. However, the typical cop does not spend his time shooting up the downtown streets. Most agencies have ride along programs available to citizens and recruits. It is a good idea for you to take advantage of this opportunity to spend a shift riding with an officer. This is the closest you will come to experiencing what a typical shift is like short of being an officer yourself.
For more information about conducting a ride along contact the agencies you are considering applying to or contact your local law enforcement agency.
Another good way to get a lot questions answered is to ask other cops. Since you are interested in law enforcement already there is a good chance you know at least one cop. Ask that person your questions, or ask that person to refer you to someone else. The important thing is to get your questions answered early so you can most effectively make your decisions and map out your career goals.