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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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    Build Your Job Search Network

    Networking is about making contacts and building relationships that can lead to jobs or other work-related opportunities. Thoughtful networking provides a focused way to talk to people about your job search. Done right, it can help you obtain leads, referrals, advice, information and support. It is an essential component of any successful job search, but it requires calculated planning. The good ...
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    What They Won't Tell You About Becoming a Cop

    What They Won't Tell You About Becoming a Cop
    What does it take to become a police officer? Mental and physical strength and agility, patience for a lengthy application process, graduation from a police academy - and a relatively clean police record. Indeed, for a job that pays a middling wage, is potentially dangerous and sometimes involves long and strange hours, policing is a demanding career. That's why city police ...
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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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    10 Highest Paying States for Law Enforcement (2011 Edition)

    10 Highest Paying States for Law Enforcement (2011 Edition)
    We know that you want to be in law enforcement not for the glory, but because it's your call. It's important to remember however that not every state is created equal. When it comes time for a police officer to choose a department there is often a lot to consider. Understanding the overall health and standard of living in each state ...
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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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    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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    You're Hired! Now, Start Planning for Retirement

    You're Hired! Now, Start Planning for Retirement
    Congratulations! You just got that law enforcement job you’ve been going after for months, maybe even years. Whether you’re just starting the academy or it’s your first day of field training, you’ve got so much to learn, so much to think about, so much to do! But I’m going to give you one more thing that you must start planning for ...
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    Breaking Into the DEA

    Breaking Into the DEA
    The Drug Enforcement Agency holds some of the most sought-after jobs in the law enforcement field. Started in 1973 by President Richard Nixon, the agency has the duel task of stopping the use of illegal drugs in the U.S., as well as halting drug smuggling from other countries into the U.S. With offices all over the world, the DEA has 10,800 ...
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    Joining the Force: Everything You Need to Know

    Joining the Force: Everything You Need to Know
    A career as a police officer is like no other. Ask any cop and they’ll tell you that it’s a way of life and they wouldn’t want to do anything else. But do you really know what it takes to set yourself apart from the other candidates in the exceedingly fierce competition for your coveted law enforcement positions? PoliceLink has pulled ...
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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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    What Does it Take to Become a Police Officer

    What does it take to become a police officer? Mental and physical strength and agility, patience for a lengthy application process, graduation from a police academy -- and a relatively clean police record. Indeed, for a job that pays a middling wage, is potentially dangerous and sometimes involves long and strange hours, policing is a demanding career. That's why city police ...
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    Becoming a Cop - FAQs

    These FAQs are intended to answer some of the most common questions we receive here at PoliceLink asking how to land a career as a law enforcement officer. We encourage anyone interested in a law enforcement career to begin their journey by using the comprehensive guides we have put together. These guides cover everything you'll need to know on how to ...
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    Secure Opportunities in Counterterrorism

    Looking for an opportunity with job security? Try a security job. Corporate budgets for security are up, and government spending on counterterror measures supports about 140,000 jobs, public and private, according to Economy.com. More important to job seekers, security spending grows each year, creating employment opportunities while many other sectors remain stagnant. "Search for a counterterrorism job in the PoliceLink Career ...
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    Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

    Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired
    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 ...
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    Eight Ways to Impress the Recruiter

    Eight Ways to Impress the Recruiter
    As a former member of my department’s recruitment team, I’ve seen it all. The best and the worst of potential candidates approach us at career fairs, drop in at the department for a tour or stop by for an application. There are always certain candidates that make us look at our fellow recruiters and say “wow!” There are others that make ...
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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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    How to Break Into the FBI

    As America tries to pull itself out of the biggest recession in decades, job seekers are looking for two things: security and opportunity. What better way to fulfill those two requirements than to apply with the FBI, an organization in charge of America’s security that also happens to be in the middle of a major hiring push? While you don’t exactly ...
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    Departments Hiring Police Officers in June

    Departments around the country are looking for the best qualified law enforcement officers to join the Thin Blue Line. Find your next job by browsing these featured jobs collected for you by PoliceLink staff. Need to customize your search by location or keyword? Start your own local search now. Page 2: Law Enforcement Officers View featured jobs >> Page 3: ...
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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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