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    Top 25 Cities for Police Officers

    Top 25 Cities for Police Officers
    Not every U.S. city is created equal, and so when it comes time for a police officer to choose a department, there can be a lot to consider. Understanding the overall health and standard of living in a city can make a big difference during one's career. A high starting salary can be a major reason for signing on, but will ...
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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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    Emailing, Texting, Social Networking and Other Ways to Screw Up Your Career

    Emailing, Texting, Social Networking and Other Ways to Screw Up Your Career
    Twelve years ago I got my first departmental email address and thought it was the coolest and most comprehensive electronic communication tool that I would ever use or need. I also assumed it was completely private, belonged only to me and that when I hit “delete” it went away forever. For an oldster who was born prior to 1960, I’ve learned ...
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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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    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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    Federal Law Enforcement Hiring: Your Complete Guide

    There are over 88 federal agencies that have some sort of law enforcement or investigative unit. While you may be most familiar with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the U.S. Secret Service, there are tens and thousands more brave citizen that have made the commitment to protect and serve their department, agency, and country. What all these careers ...
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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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    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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    10 Tricks For Picking the Right Department

    One of the most common questions I get overseeing criminal justice and police academies is from students who want to know what law enforcement agency they should apply to. The answer is not so simple. There have long been a variety of factors to consider when deciding where to apply. This has only become more complicated by the downturn in the ...
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    From Military to Police: Are You Ready?

    [photo:539281]Are you nearing the end of your military service contract/career and considering a new career in law enforcement? Police Officers and Military Personnel are a special breed of people. For the most part, we have an attraction to action, conflict, and non-simplistic lifestyles where everything can change in a moments notice. We also like working in structured environments where we often ...
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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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    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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    8 Fastest Growing Law Enforcement Careers

    8 Fastest Growing Law Enforcement Careers PoliceLink has reviewed the hundreds of jobs detailed in the government’s Occupational Outlook Handbook to bring you this list of what labor expert’s believe to be the fastest growing law enforcement careers of the next decade. Whether you are working to get into law enforcement or want to make sure you are on the right ...
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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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    10 Rules for Police Resumes

    The hiring process used by law enforcement governmental entities differs quite a bit from the private sector.  That divergence in process includes quantity and type of resumes.  As a long-time criminal justice educator and former police chief, I have long counseled aspiring badge bearers on preparing their employment application packets in a bid to grab their coveted law enforcement agency slot. ...
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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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