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Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith

You don’t really want to be a cop, do you? Fighting crime, saving lives, big guns, fast cars, a cool uniform, hot calls; that stuff’s not for you. The hours are long, the gratitude is short-lived, and there may occasionally be people trying to kill you when you’re just trying to make a living and do a little good. Take some advice from the front lines of police hiring and training, here’s ten way to make sure you do not get hired by any law enforcement agency.

10. That 20-page application they want you to fill out? Just consider that pesky document merely a guideline; they can’t possibly expect you to waste your time filling out every single box, blank, and question. Why would anyone really want a certified copy of your high school transcripts, an official duplicate of your birth certificate, and an accurate list of everywhere you’ve ever worked or lived.? Do they really need to know how to contact your grandparents, your old roommate and your college resident assistant? Just fill out what you can, you’ll have plenty of time to show them how organized and thorough you are once they bring you on board as one of their officers.

9. Don’t worry about your level of fitness. Police testing can take a long time; you may sit on an eligibility list for months, even years, before you begin the academy. So why worry about what kind of shape you’re in? Wait until you get confirmation that you’re about to start recruit training to get serious about working out, especially if you have youth on your side. You played high school football, you’re on a summer softball league, and you’re awesome at Wii boxing so you’ll get in shape in no time, right?

8. Always remember that you are owed a good police job. Don’t think that you have to work hard, prove yourself, or compete with anyone else; you are entitled to this opportunity. After all, how many people are willing to make the sacrifices you’ll have to make as a crimefighter: working shifts, facing down armed criminals, cutting your hair really short? They should feel fortunate that you’ve chosen to apply at their agency, and it’s that agency’s responsibility to make sure your career dreams are realized.

7. Make sure your social networking sites show what a fun-loving party animal you really are. The person doing your background check will certainly get a chuckle out of that picture of you passed out in front of your fraternity’s record-breaking beer can pyramid. And those racy boudoir portraits you had taken for your ex-boyfriend, the ones of you wearing nothing but a toy shoulder holster and a smile? I’m sure the chief of police will understand that it’s not your fault that your ex posted them on his My Space page after you guys broke up, complete with all of your contact information. Besides, the cops can’t actually access that stuff, can they? Can they!?

6. Why worry about your personal appearance? “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” isn’t that what your grandma always said? You’re applying to be a cop, not a Marine or a Wall Street broker. When you show up for the physical agility test, everyone is sure to love your Female Body Inspector t-shirt you bought in Cancun, or be impressed with those Victoria’s Secret PINK short shorts you just got at the mall. Besides, that scruffy Brad Pitt look or the high school Goth girl fashion statement may be just what they’re looking for in the Narcotics Unit of the agency you’re applying for.

5. Don’t bother to read anything more difficult or thought provoking than the latest issue of People magazine or your buddy’s fantasy football blog. Even though studies show that the number one predictor of success in the police academy is your level of reading comprehension, you did more than enough reading in school, and it was painfully boring then. Reading actual books interferes with your emailing, texting, Skyping, and keeping up with all that great reality TV. You’ll have no problem catching up once you’re in the academy.

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    8 days ago


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    about 1 year ago


    The hilarious thing is that police candidates need to be squeaky clean until they pass their probation. After that it's almost impossible to be fired.

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    almost 2 years ago


    OK, so currently I am split from my partner and I am in full custody of our one year old daughter, I am returning back to college to do a one year course on social science and humanitarians studies. As i am so enthusiastic about becoming a LAPD Officer, i am from Ireland and 20years old. After my one year in college I can apply to university, any university at that. I am very interested in moving to Los angeles after my one year in college to join a university there. I was just looking advice from any one who has been or going threw the little difficulties that I am as a full time mother that is now working in Law, to tell me is it worth it to move country's and leave my child in the care of my parents to go fulfill my dreams of becoming a police officer over-seas or is it too much ? Thanks.

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    over 2 years ago


    I know that this is going to be extremely difficult, however I'm up for the challenge. Trying to schedule ride-a-longs and communicate with the men and women on the force. I have a lot to work on physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially. I can definitly see how all 10 things could be a problem. Police officers are to lead by example and if they in their personal life fall short of their responibilites the public may not believe in them. I have had issues with my finances and am just now getting my self together. I hope that the people out to hire potential officers would look into ones current situation and compare with the issues that occured in the past. Look to see if this person is taking proper steps to fix their current and previous problems. We all make mistakes. Hoping that I would be given the proper consideration based on my character, previous problems, and the steps which I am currently making to better myself.

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    over 2 years ago


    yay i have a chance!

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    almost 4 years ago


    If anyone actually needs this advice, they probably shouldn't be applying for awhile. This is the kind of stuff you tell the 18-20 year old crowd thinking of a police career and they'll need a couple years to grow up first.

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    almost 4 years ago

    Amazing.... I love it. HOW TRUE IT IS!! Thank you ma'am

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    about 4 years ago


    Getting a job in law enforcement is not easy and should not be so. After a highly decorated 15+ year career in the military as a MP, an MP Investigator and then a special Agent, I still had to apply for dozens of jobs before I was offered an interview let alone a position. Perseverance is a key trait for officers to have. Show perseverance as a candidate and you have a better chance of making it on the force.

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    about 4 years ago


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    over 4 years ago


    Yeah @ ddeangelo here you go...
    That should help you out with any more posts you may be making :) lol

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    over 4 years ago


    @ ddeangelo; How old are you son? #1 It’s obvious you’re not an officer; if you were you would know this article is right on, we who are officers have probably been through everything this article says, unless we have been in it for twenty or thirty years. #2 If you were an officer you would know that there are no Angels out there anymore. Everyone who is an officer has broken the law at one time or another, maybe even been in jail for minor infractions, we are not perfect, and we probably have disclosed all our in perfections on some application somewhere. This doesn’t make us bad it makes us better to deal with those who do break the law because we know both side of the coin. We know that to do this job means that we will not get out of it with our mental faculties in tact, because we see and do things that a small percentage of the population ever sees and a lot of that we will never ever forget and we wish we would not have seen it. A lot of us are former military and we did not go to college to be a police officer but this job fits our personality better than sitting behind a desk. # 3 and last of all, even if you are ten years old or whatever, at least use spell check when writing if you don't know how to spell something. At least try to fool us in thinking you are in law enforcement and not using your daddy's computer. If you are in law enforcement, Please try to do better, I would hate to be the DA in your county.

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    over 4 years ago


    Deangelo, you sound a bit preachy for someone that is obviously neither a police officer nor a college grad.

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    over 4 years ago


    This page is a bad call of jugement, most people who want to become an officer see this, would be hurt by this pages statement, about becomming a cop. When you become, a cop none of these pages statements are why anyone becomes a cop. So if the owner of this articail, choose that reson to become a cop in the first place, may he or she sould had not became a officer in the first place. A good cop goes to college to become a cop because he or she is good, trustworthy, desent, and honest person. Who not only always all his or life followed the law set before them, and looked up to the cops growing up, but belived, and still does belive in the cops, the law, but now enforces the law their selfs for the better of the good. Also being a cop is a big resousablity, because as an officer you are resousable for the citens, The law, fellow officer, and mainly you own safty inmind, if you go to be a cop to get a date, or to be noticest, well even with a bage, you not a real cop, because your not truthful to your citens, the your fellow officers, and more importerently the owth you took to serive, pertect, honior and obay the laws you always known.

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    over 4 years ago


    There are a few sloppy Marines as well I'm afraid, but that statement caught me off guard. Am I reading it wrong?

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