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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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    Step 6: Applying for the Job

    Step 6: Applying for the Job
    Applying for a job can often be nerve-racking. There are many unknowns that have be dealt with and overcome. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is standing out against the “competition.” In this section we’ll go over a few ways to highlight your military service to help you stand apart. But first, here’s a word of warning. Don’t expect your ...
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    Rules of Engagement

    _The following is an excerpt from Paul Patti's +Confessions of a Hardass+. Designed to reveal what law enforcement managers are looking for in today's police applicant, this bestselling book provides an insider's advice on passing your law enforcement interview._ During the Police Pre-Employment Oral Interview: They question and you answer - how to handle negative information and make them score you ...
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    Advancement: The Deceptive Nature of the In-Basket Exercise

    Everyone who watched the ending of one of America’s favorite shows, the Sopranos, had to realize how masterfully David Chase, the creator and writer, fooled all us fans yet again. The ending was deceptive, simple yet complex, and left you wondering what the hell was really going on. I think it wasn’t Tony Soprano, but the audience who got “whacked.” That’s ...
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    Step 4: Picking a Department

    Step 4: Picking a Department
    There are many things to take into consideration when picking a department. Things like the type of law enforcement agency, proximity to where you want to live, or starting pay all are important factors. One of the biggest mistakes made by candidates is having their heart set on one specific department and refusing to apply anywhere else. As anyone with experience ...
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    The Blue and You

    A police officer's world is populated by unsavory characters, regulated by laws, regulations and policies, and powered by spikes of adrenalin. A police officer's life is a balance between work and home, like every working person, but an officer's work is more than just their job -it is also who they are. The uniform, badge and gear may come off when ...
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    Getting Serious About Joining the Force

    It’s a New Year and you want to fulfill your dream of landing that cop job. Now that the initial flurry of silly New Year’s Resolutions have fallen by the wayside, let’s get serious. In order to help you on that quest, this Cop Career Counselor column is geared towards helping you shape your New Year’s resolutions towards that goal. Around ...
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    Part 8 - The Physical Examination

    Physicals vary from agency to agency and doctor-to-doctor so this topic is a little more complex than the others. I know the physician's office our agency uses has a questionnaire you must complete which is quite extensive in scope. I'm sure at this phase of the process you will face a battery of medical questions involving you personally and members of ...
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    Want a Promotion? Watch the Textbooks

    It goes without saying that for officer survival, one of the leading mantras is “watch the suspect’s hands.” “Watch the hands” of course is excellent advice, aimed at ensuring that you’re not surprised by a sudden move. One of my training officers told me, over three decades ago, similar great advice, “plan for NO SURPRISES.” What about “career survival” though – ...
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    Physical Abilities Tests: Where the Police Applicants Hit the Road

    Law enforcement agencies, and the basic law enforcement academies that train recruits, follow different sequences of applicant testing events. Most police and sheriff’s departments put the physical abilities test (PAT) or physical exams towards the beginning of the lengthy testing process since a good number of the applicants fail to make the cut. These tests may be administered as part of ...
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    Step 7: Exams

    Step 7: Exams
    There are many companies out there that offer study guides for law enforcement entrance 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 ...
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    The Job - Epilogue

    h4. The Job I thought long and hard before I decided to add this section to my article, but I feel that I must to protect future Law Enforcement Officers from the pain and anguish that so many men and women in this and other professions of high stress experience. The beast that can rear its ugly head is called Post ...
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    The Survival Mindset…For Your Career

    The Survival Mindset…For Your Career
    In any officer survival training class worth attending there will be lots of talk about your “mindset” and being mentally prepared for any encounter or confrontation you may face on the street. Every cop is aware that that police work can be a dangerous job, but a true survival mindset involves not merely being _aware_ that something bad can happen, but ...
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    Women with Badges

    Women with Badges
    The percentage of women in law enforcement is hovering under 15 percent, according to the National Center for Women & Policing, and it's not increasing. Here's straight talk from current and former female police officers as to why we'd all be better off if that percentage rose, what's been holding the numbers down and which women are needed to fill the ...
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    Ten Steps to Joining the Force - Download the Ebook

    Ten Steps to Joining the Force - Download the Ebook
    Due to popular demand, PoliceLink's Ten Steps to Joining the Force is also available as a downloadable ebook. This color ebook can be downloaded and printed to read at your convenience. Written and reviewed by experts in the law enforcement field, Ten Steps to Joining the Force has over 30 pages of invaluable information to set you on the right path ...
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    How Do I Get Hired In This Economy?

    How Do I Get Hired In This Economy?
    It seems like all we hear in the media is economic doom and gloom. Granted, unemployment is high, layoffs are common, and it’s easy to get discouraged. But it really is possible to get hired, even in this economy. The Reality of a Lousy Economy A bad economy tends to mean a higher crime rate; more crime means more cops. It’s ...
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    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors

    Business documents rife with typos can undermine your professional reputation, not to mention that of your company. That's why you should have a good working knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as the ability to catch mistakes before someone else does. Catching your own errors can be challenging. But with a little practice, you can reduce your margin of ...
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    10 Steps to Joining the Force - A Guide For Military Service Members - Download the Ebook

    Due to popular demand, PoliceLink's "Ten Steps to Joining the Force - A Guide For Military Service Members":http://policelink.monster.com/benefits/11336-10-steps-to-joining-the-force---a-guide-for-military-service-members is now available as a downloadable ebook. The ebook can be downloaded and printed to read at your convenience. Written in conjunction with PoliceLink and "Military.com":http:/www.military.com, The Ten Steps to Joining the Force - A Guide For Military Service Members is full of ...
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    The Police Recruit Secret Weapon: Foreign-Language Skills

    The Police Recruit Secret Weapon: Foreign-Language Skills
    Fluency in Polish or Vietnamese might not seem like an obvious asset for a career in law enforcement, but the ever-burgeoning diversity of the United States means demand is growing for foreign-language skills in the field. "_Double your value by adding a degree to your language skills. Let PoliceLink help find the right school for you._":http://policelink.monster.com/content/education-resources "It's definitely an asset," says ...
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    Ten Steps to Joining the Force - Download the Ebook

    Ten Steps to Joining the Force - Download the Ebook
    Due to popular demand, PoliceLink's Ten Steps to Joining the Force is also available as a downloadable ebook. This color ebook can be downloaded and printed to read at your convenience. Written and reviewed by experts in the law enforcement field, Ten Steps to Joining the Force has over 30 pages of invaluable information to set you on the right path ...
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