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    Why Grades Really Do Matter to Recruiters

    Why Grades Really Do Matter to Recruiters
    My mom was a school teacher and both my parents were college-educated so I spent most of my childhood enduring frequent lectures about the importance of academics. Grades were not a problem for me until I entered middle school; then there were just too many other interesting things to do besides study and my grades slipped a bit. This did not ...
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    The Importance of Continuing Education for Cops

    The Importance of Continuing Education for Cops
    When I became a cop in 1980 many of the veteran officers made fun of the new recruits who had college degrees. We heard things like “What are you going to do in that bar fight, Rookie, hit ‘em with your diploma?!” And to be honest, at the time I really didn’t see how my four year degree in “Law Enforcement ...
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    It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It

    It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It
    One of the most popular workshops we teach is titled “What Did You Just Say?!” We call it that because if we called it “Organizational Communication for Professional Police Agencies” no one would hire us. Attending classes on how to communicate with each other is right up there with sexual harassment prevention, cultural diversity training, and learning CPR; its stuff we ...
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    How Much Will I Get Paid…Really

    How Much Will I Get Paid…Really
    When I finally procured my criminal justice employment, where I would eventually spend the majority of my law enforcement career, I was so thrilled to receive that letter of appointment that I didn’t bother to find out how much money I’d be taking home each week. I’d been involved in the testing process for months, I was 21, single, still in ...
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    Interviewing the Interviewer

    Interviewing the Interviewer
    You’ve made it to the interview stage. Now it’s time to come up with all those clever, meaningful responses to the interviewer’s questions. In any good interview, the candidate asks as many questions as the interviewer. Keep in mind that the questions you ask are one of your best opportunities to showcase your knowledge, communication skills and commitment. *Right resources* There ...
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    A Rookie’s Guide to Failing Field Training

    A Rookie’s Guide to Failing Field Training
    *“Forget everything you learned in the academy”* At least one veteran officer is going to say this to you as you begin your FTO program. And you know what? They’re probably right! All those weeks you spent in your criminal justice degree program learning about tactics, law, procedure, ethics, human behavior, report writing, firearms and traffic stop procedures from that dedicated ...
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    A Guide to PoliceLink

    So now that you’ve found your way to PoliceLink, what exactly is there do? There are many ways to be interactive and if you need some ideas, this guide will show you exactly what there is to do in each section. *News* You can rate every news article that you read. Go to the box that says “Rate.” Hover over the ...
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    Avoiding the Us vs. Them Mentality

    Avoiding the Us vs. Them Mentality
    Most of us start the academy with a servant’s heart. Remember the old LAPD motto “To Serve and Protect?” That’s all of us, that’s supposed to be what cops are all about, but pretty quickly into your law enforcement career, it becomes less about “them” and more about “us.” We separate ourselves from the rest of society, even from our family ...
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    Plotting Your Path to Promotion

    Plotting Your Path to Promotion
    The very last thing on my mind the day I was hired by my police department was getting promoted. Oh sure, I had a fleeting fantasy that “some day” I’d be the agency’s first female chief. But I was mostly concerned with getting through the academy and then on to field training; in other words, I desperately wanted to be a ...
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    College and Cops: Springboard Your Success in Law Enforcement

    College and Cops: Springboard Your Success in Law Enforcement
    When I decided to become a cop, I was dismayed to learn that most of the departments I was interested in required me to be twenty one years old to even apply. I was thirteen at the time, so waiting eight more years to realize my dream seemed almost inconceivable. After graduating high school at 18, I decided that if I ...
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    Advancing Your Education

    People of all ages are choosing to further their education by obtaining bachelors and even masters' and doctoral degrees. Many people choose to go back to school to open new doors and get ahead in their job, as well as the rest of their lives! "_Find a school that will get you ready for a career in law enforcement._":http://policelink.monster.com/content/education-resources Sometimes it's ...
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    Learn About Online Courses

    What are online courses? Online courses offer the same educational information that you would get in a traditional institution but they are held in virtual classrooms instead of physical classrooms. Everything else will be similar to campus colleges. You will still have professors, books, assignments, exams, and grades, but also more flexibility as you would learn over the Internet from the ...
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    Selecting the Right Degree

    Your degree choice will affect your future career opportunities and ultimate success. This compact guide will help you choose the degree that works for you. "_Find a school that will get you ready for a career in law enforcement._":http://policelink.monster.com/content/education-resources When making this decision, consider your current career path, future job markets, timeline and flexibility. Here are a few questions you need ...
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    Answers to the "Do You Know Your 10-Codes?" Quiz

    Answers to the "Do You Know Your 10-Codes?" Quiz
    PoliceLink created the quiz Do You Know Your 10-Codes? to test your knowledge about popular 10-Codes as provided by the Association of Public Communications Officers (APCO). Find out which you got wrong or right by checking out the correct answers on the following pages. Don't cheat! If you haven't tested yourself first, go take the quiz! See answers on the next ...
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    Surviving the Police Background Investigation

    Surviving the Police Background Investigation
    Once you’ve passed the written test, the oral interview, the physical agility test, and you’ve successfully jumped through a few other hoops, you’re probably ready for the background investigation. How ironic that part of the process to become a crime fighter is to be investigated by one! In this competitive job market, the background investigation is becoming even more important to ...
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    Real Cop or TV Cop: Which Do You Want to Be?

    Real Cop or TV Cop: Which Do You Want to Be?
    People always ask me, “Why did you become a cop?” I’d love to have a great philosophical answer like, “I wanted to have the opportunity to give back to my community” or a really cool answer like “I wanted to drive fast cars, shoot big guns and put evil men behind bars” or even the standard oral board interview answer everyone ...
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    From Student to Trainer: Evolution of Police Learning

    From Student to Trainer: Evolution of Police Learning
    *Start with some one-on-one time* One of the best training sessions I ever attended was one-on-one with a fellow officer who taught me (yes, this will totally show my age) how to “word process” on something called a “personal computer.” I was a new sergeant who had been told I’d better learn how to how to use a PC; he was ...
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    Ten Tips for the Police Entrance Exam

    Ten Tips for the Police Entrance Exam
    While police entrance processes vary widely from state to state, and even from department to department, most law enforcement applicant screening processes begin with the written exam. By starting with the written exam, most sheriffs and police chiefs (having been one I understand this concept) use the written exam as just that: a screening tool. Written exams are a fairly cheap ...
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    Getting an Early Start on Your Law Enforcement Career

    Getting an Early Start on Your Law Enforcement Career
    Teenagers get a bad rap. Many adults think that teens today are nothing but a lazy, drug-crazed, sexually obsessed, over-privileged, video-game-addicted drain on society…all the same things that adults thought about my generation, except for the video game part. In reality, this current generation of teens may be the next “Greatest Generation;” many have an excellent work ethic, a deep sense ...
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    Careers at the CIA

    The Central Intelligence Agency is the most widely American intelligence service. Its mission is to provide national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. To accomplish its mission, the CIA engages in research, development, and deployment of high-level technology for intelligence purposes. As a separate agency, the CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on sensitive matters and also works closely ...
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