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    Step 1: Choosing the Right Law Enforcement Career

    Step 1: Choosing the Right Law Enforcement Career
    A common question received at PoliceLink relates to what a service member can do in order to best align their skills with those needed to succeed as a civilian law enforcement officer (LEO). In this section, we’ll help you figure out which areas of law enforcement your skills best suit you for. For active duty service members, this may help you ...
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    The Police Entrance Exam - Vehicle Pursuits

    The Police Entrance Exam - Vehicle Pursuits
    The information presented here is meant to be used as a rule of thumb guideline for vehicle pursuit questions on police entrance exams. Both the police written test and the oral board interview may include judgment questions regarding vehicle pursuits. Police agencies do not want to hire someone who disregards the safety of the public in order to stop a vehicle ...
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    Step 7: Get Ready for the Academy

    Step 7: Get Ready for the Academy
    Congratulations! You got hired and you’re off to the academy. There is a lot to do before you start. Here we’ll tell you about: p((. • Police academy basics p((. • How to get in shape p((. • What to bring p((. • Schedules and timelines [widget:366] +*Police academy basics*+ The police academy is an environment of high discipline intended to ...
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    Step 3: Choose the Right Path

    Step 3: Choose the Right Path
    There are limitless paths you can take within law enforcement, and they all start at the same place: the street. Your first few years should give you a good idea of the direction you want to take in your career. Do you want to stay on the street the whole time? Do you want to make sergeant, lieutenant, or even chief? ...
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    10 Things I Learned In the Military I Use on the Street

    10 Things I Learned In the Military I Use on the Street
    Are you a military veteran or currently in the military and considering a career in law enforcement?  Are you a current or former member of our armed services, that has a strong desire to be a police officer, state trooper, or sheriff's deputy, but are not quite sure you possess the right skills? Are you an active or former military service ...
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    Police Desperately Needed in 10 U.S. Locations

    Police Desperately Needed in 10 U.S. Locations
    Even though the economy may be struggling to stay out of a recession, police shortages are still common in many locations throughout the U.S. PoliceLink recently researched the most recent police shortages to make the news. If you're looking for a law enforcement job, try one of these markets to find a home for your police career. h3. 1. Moss Point, ...
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    Part 2 - Starting the Process

    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 ...
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    Part 3 - The Application

    First, and this is quite obvious, go to the agency or agencies you're interested in applying and obtain an application. Please do yourself a favor, ask for more than one preferably three application forms. If you make mistakes and you only have one you're going to feel very foolish when you have to go back and ask for another. Don't use ...
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    Step 3: GI Bill

    Step 3: GI Bill
    GI Bill Benefits Can Ease Your Transition The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is an education and training benefit earned by Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard service members. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. The GI Bill has several programs and each is administrated differently ...
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    Part 4 - The Written Pre-Employment Examination

    Many agencies large and small have some form of a pre-employment examination with questions that cover a variety of topics. I have taken many different types of pre-employment examinations and the questions differ from agency to agency. Some are based on Civil Service examinations others are made up from questions from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and still others ...
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    Part 6 - The Pre-Employment Interview

    _To repeat myself I have no way of knowing what questions may be put to you in a pre-employment interview just like the application. I can only pass along pointers to help you get through the interview as best you can. The "oral" as so many people call it causes the most stress of any phase of the application process. Without ...
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    Part 5 - The Physical Agility Test

    Just about every agency I have had dealings with in my career has both a physical agility test and a physical fitness program. In this line of work you have to maintain a high level of physical fitness as a means of self-preservation! Officer survival depends on you and your commitment to being physically able to handle the dangers of the ...
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    Step 2: Transition made easy: Timeline & Checklist

    Step 2: Transition made easy: Timeline & Checklist
    One Year Before Separation p((. • Check out the Reserve and Guard programs – you could earn pay, benefits, and a pension. p((. • Begin researching your relocation, benefits, job boards, etc. p((. • Contact your Education or Transition Office to take a Job Skills and Interest assessment, to determine the best civilian career field. p((. • Check out the Career ...
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    Step 9: Fitness

    Step 9: Fitness
    Introduction This special fitness was written exclusively for PoliceLink by former Navy SEAL and law enforcement fitness expert Stew Smith, CSCS. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Stew has written several best selling fitness and self defense books, including The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Maximum Fitness, and SWAT Workout. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength ...
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    Step 10: Hit the Streets

    Step 10: Hit the Streets
    You’ve finally been cut loose and your FTO is no longer breathing down your back. But you’re still a rookie. Here are some tips that will help you get through your first year: p((. • Ways to Avoid the Top 10 rookie mistakes p((. • What to expect your first few weeks *+Ways to Avoid the Top 10 rookie mistakes+* After ...
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    Step 10: Common Hurdles Faced by Veterans

    Step 10: Common Hurdles Faced by Veterans
    If you’re like most military service members, you’ve spent your entire working career in the military. You know how it works and you know how to work with it. Getting out and entering the civilian world can be daunting to think about. You’ll hit your fair share of hurdles along the way. As long as you expect them, they should be ...
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    Part 9 - Psychologocial Exam, Background Check, and the Final Interview

    h4. The Psychological Examination In this phase of the application process you are asked to take a psychological examination conducted by a trained and licensed clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist. Obviously the agency is trying to determine if you are mentally fit for the duties required of a Law Enforcement Officer. This is an important part of the application process because ...
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    Step 5: Meeting a Recruiter

    Step 5: Meeting a Recruiter
    Wear a suit Always wear a suit or coat and tie. Wearing business attire shows that you hold yourself to the highest standards, and that is what a recruiter is looking for in a candidate. Many prospective recruits make the mistake of showing up in their every day street clothes. This does not go unnoticed and there is a high probability ...
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    Step 9: Field Training

    Step 9: Field Training
    What do you do now that you’re on the street facing real criminals? Here are some tips on what to do now: p((. • Listen to and respect your FTO p((. • Ask questions *+Listen to and respect your FTO+* Directly out of the academy you will be assigned to a patrol shift with your department and you will be assigned ...
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    Step 8: Take the Oath

    Step 8: Take the Oath
    Getting sworn in is a major accomplishment and signifies that you have met all of your agency’s high standards to become an officer. This is probably the culmination of a life long dream of serving one’s community. Here is some information read about and reflect upon now that you have become a sworn officer: p((. • Law Enforcement Oath of Honor ...
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