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Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith

4. Don’t worry about your personal finances. After all, soon you’ll have a secure job and lenders will be practically throwing money at you. Why would $25,000 in credit card debt, a defaulted car loan, or one little bankruptcy be a concern for any law enforcement agency looking to hire you? Don’t they know that’s why you’re trying to get a good job, so you can take care of all those pesky bills? Besides, no one actually pays back their student loans, do they?

3. You’re going to have to live life on the straight and narrow after you become a cop so make sure you live it up now! Whatever ethical or lifestyle choices you make before you get hired will certainly have no bearing on anyone’s perception of your decision-making abilities as a law enforcement professional later on. And why should you be held to a higher standard than your friends? That’s certainly not fair. After all, you’re not getting paid to behave like a Boy Scout just yet, so why should you?

2. Don’t spend your time prior to getting a police job working, going to school, serving in the military or doing volunteer work. Certainly no one will care about your prior work or service history, its what you’re going to do in the future that counts. Why would it matter if you just flunked out of the local junior college, held seven different fast food jobs in the past year, or spent the last six months on your parents’ living room couch playing XBOX? Life is all about looking forward.

1. Let your potential employers know right off the bat that you’re not big on working weekends, holidays, nights or on your birthday. In fact, make sure that your interviewers know that you’re really not interested in “paying your dues” in some dead end assignment like patrol or corrections. You have natural talent, you’ve watched a lot of “CSI” and “Law and Order” and you’re ready for the big time. In fact, as soon as you get in a little better shape, you’ll be ready for the SWAT team.

So go for it, future crimefighters! Party like a rock star or just hang out and wait for that great police job to come to you, after all, you deserve it!


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    other

    3 months ago

    2 Comments

    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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    cheyenneduffy16

    12 months ago

    2 Comments

    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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    Tysyty

    over 1 year ago

    1146 Comments

    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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    Saoch

    over 1 year ago

    4 Comments

    yay i have a chance!

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    clobster

    about 3 years ago

    1552 Comments

    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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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

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

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    crowfeeder

    about 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    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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    vigil32

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

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    cora521

    over 3 years ago

    22 Comments

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    werm098

    over 3 years ago

    358 Comments

    Yeah @ ddeangelo here you go... http://www.spellchecker.net/spellcheck/
    That should help you out with any more posts you may be making :) lol

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    Paladin3087

    over 3 years ago

    40 Comments

    @ 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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    Rolex2004

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

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

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    ddeangelo

    over 3 years ago

    176 Comments

    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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    Want2baPO1day

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    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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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23296 Comments

    I wish some cops looked like Marines. Marines always look professional in their uniform. Lots of sloppy looking cops out there. This is a me society as compared to long ago.

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