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Part 2 - Starting the Process

Deputy Bob Cooley

First, do yourself a favor start a “background investigation” on yourself. Go to your local motor vehicle administration and obtain a copy of your driving transcript. Hopefully you won’t have any serious violations such as reckless driving, DUI/DWI because violations such as these may have an adverse affect. Look over the record carefully for any incorrect information and if you find anything bring it to the attention of the motor vehicle administration personnel for correction.

Second, send for a credit report from one of the three credit reporting agencies such as Equifax and look at your credit report. Some credit reporting agencies may have included incorrect information on your credit report that could have an impact on your application. I had an experience many years ago where someone with relatively similar personal information as mine had a loan showing up on my credit report. Fortunately the person was paying their loan according to terms, but if it had been delinquent it could have been a problem. It took me almost six months to convince the credit-reporting agency that this loan was not mine.

Third, go to your local and state law enforcement agencies and department of motor vehicle office ask for a criminal history/driving record check for the very same reasons I’ve outlined above. I think you would be surprised how many people come into the courts every month mostly for an incorrect driving transcript because a family member, friend or even a complete stranger has used someone else’s identity and gotten himself or herself into trouble and now you unwittingly have a criminal history or bad driving record.

Fourth, contact your high school and/or college to obtain copies of your school transcripts and diplomas. This may sound easy, but in many cases it will take some time depending on how long you’ve been out of school to receive your transcripts. You may want to check to find out if you can have the copies notarized in the event the agency your applying to requires it. Same goes for any vocational or trade schools you may have attended either before during or after high school or college. Believe me having your transcripts handy will help to speed things along. This also applies to the military because they may ask you for a copy of your discharge papers or other information about your military service they might feel is important.

Fifth, find the copy of your birth certificate and if it’s lost or misplaced you need to obtain one from the registrar of births whether it be from the hospital you were born in or the local or state government agency for your area. Post 9/11 has made this a critical piece of documentation and I actually keep mine in a safety deposit box along with my draft card!

Continue To Part 3: The Application

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    over 4 years ago


    Didn't know that your credit can be a factor, on becoming a cop

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    hi, thanks for the good info im looking to get on with colo. state patrol.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 6 years ago


    my name is elijah black and im looking to serve my city in detorit michigan and looking to protect and serve.and help other people.

  • 413519_max50


    over 6 years ago


    Deputy Cooly, say for instance you had a DUI and it was over 10 yrs passed, at the time of the instance there was no property damage or loss of life other than the driver in question would this have a direct offect on the rejection or acceptance into law inforcemnet. Would this limit the possibilities or totaly discredit one for any and all forms of law enforcment, even though one has had a clean record since the incodent in question?

  • Ac_20police_202004_20croped_max50


    over 6 years ago


    no adyjen35. im afraid your disqualifed an if an of these other boneheads try to
    say other wise then please ignore. your not what were looking for. sorry.

  • Black_boots_4_max50


    over 6 years ago


    OK. I have so many questions, Firts question I'm resident alien, I'm 35 years Old. Can I still be a cop

  • Police_officer_cartoon_max50


    over 6 years ago


    wow this is really helpful.
    i also didnt know much. i still have more to learn about everything

  • 032107-1004_max50


    over 6 years ago


    Very Interesting, I didn't know there was so much information needed to start the process. It is good to know ahead of time so mistakes on the information can be corrected.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 6 years ago


    wow being a cop is not easy to much process thanks for the info again

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 8 years ago


    hmm good stuff

  • 128846014394059542_max50


    about 7 years ago


    Folks please do not post your questions here, post them in "Law Enforcement Careers." Your questions will be answered there.

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    about 7 years ago


    can i ask question? if some people deaf can join to be police officers or not?... wondering.. i was notice some people sign language in prison somewhere okc when i was in HS school for trips and look around all different town and had fun ....feel like interesting in but i dunno if some deaf can join in to be police officers and i watch tv on show in the heat of the night, csi: miami, Ny, more i watch them alots almost everydays.... it bother me something in my feel and mind and like "i want to be police officers and will be change my new life and something those and my family or friends will proud of me for that"... that point... i am full deaf and not really open mind but i still watch tv on show almost all time as almost everydays ...i want everyone keep safe and don't do drugs .. if they do.. they will kill for overdose or whatever somethings ... feel make me fear as never knows to can happen in somedays.... thank you for infor and Miss Lee

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 7 years ago


    wow these will change my life style, been a cop.thank i appreciat the information.

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    over 7 years ago


    wow lol i didnt know about all of that.. thank you for the information its very appreciated!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 7 years ago


    i can easily get all that info, but it will take some time. Another thing i wanted to no was if my highschool grades weren't that great, but now that i am in college and stepped up my game you think they will for get about my highschool grades in the past?

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