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    Battling Second Thoughts in the Academy

    Battling Second Thoughts in the Academy
    You’ve filled out the endless applications, taken the tests, sailed through the interviews, rocked the physical agility test, and chosen your police department; now you’re finally in the academy. Whether you find yourself at the local junior college or at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, there’s no doubt this is going to be tough, and its just going to get ...
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    Programs to Make You a Better Police Candidate

    Programs to Make You a Better Police Candidate
    So you’ve decided that law enforcement is the profession for you. Congratulations! As you’ve probably figured out by now, it’s not as simple as choosing your agency, walking in the door, filling out an application and being handed your dream assignment. Law enforcement is a diverse profession with literally thousands of options, specialties, and career paths. That’s the good news. Here’s ...
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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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    Getting Hired: It’s About the Patterns

    Getting Hired:  It’s About the Patterns
    Through all of the law-enforcement hiring articles, emails, and discussions I've been involved with, one thing has become clear: a person’s ability to be hired is not in the stars. It's in the patterns you can read in their lives, and police chiefs, sheriffs, and the recruiters and background investigators that work with them, are looking for those patterns. The best ...
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    Choosing Your Department, and Your Career

    Choosing Your Department, and Your Career
    I’ve been a cop at the same police department for 28 years. That’s more than half my life, longer than any of my romantic relationships and four years more than my oldest kid was on his last birthday. That’s quite a commitment. You’d think that I must have chosen carefully back in 1980 when I took my agency’s police entrance exam. ...
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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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    Non-Traditional Degrees for Law Enforcement

    Non-Traditional Degrees for Law Enforcement
    Degrees such as Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, and Forensic Science seem like the logical choice for a planned career in law enforcement, but they’re not the only choice, and sometimes may not even be the best option. [widget:366] Many law enforcement agencies, federal investigative agencies in particular, are involved in very complex investigations every day of the year -investigations that cannot ...
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    Degrees in Homeland Security

    Degrees in Homeland Security
    Concentrations and degrees in Homeland Security are a new concept within academia. Since 9/11, the federal government has heavily invested in helping community colleges, four-year institutions, and postgraduate schools create Homeland Security curriculum. [widget:366] Homeland Security is now one of the hottest government careers, with thousands of jobs available in the: • US Department of Homeland Security • US Department of ...
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    Master's Degree in Criminal Justice

    Master's Degree in Criminal Justice
    As with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in the field is used to enhance a career in the criminal justice field. In most cases, the degree is sought after and obtained by highly motivated leaders in public service, such as the command staff of a law enforcement agency or directors in federal law enforcement. [widget:366] The coursework ...
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    Undergraduate Degrees in Criminal Justice

    Undergraduate Degrees in Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice programs combine a broad variety of topics and discliplines related to law enforcement, the courts, and America’s criminal justice system. Most Criminal Justice programs offer specific concentrations to focus on, such as: [widget:366] • Crime and criminology for those interested in law enforcement • Justice Policy for those interested in law and public policy • Community Justice for those ...
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    The Insider Track to the FBI

     The Insider Track to the FBI
    Many aspiring federal agents think they can just take the entrance exam, get through the interviews, and breeze through the polygraph. That mindset couldn’t be farther from the truth. [widget:368] Like with any professional career, you need to position yourself to ensure you are the best qualified candidate. For college-age individuals, one of the best opportunities you can take advantage of ...
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    So You Want to Be a SWAT Operator?

    So You Want to Be a SWAT Operator?
    So you want to be a SWAT Officer, huh? Many individuals can put together an article about theories and research from their respective fields of training and tactical experiences. Many can also quote statements from books that have been written from many of the so called modern day warriors in years past. However, looking at today’s modern times and current threats ...
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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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    Career Profile: Federal Agent

    Career Profile: Federal Agent
    The first thing most people think of when they here the term ‘special agent’ is the FBI. In reality, the FBI is only one of almost 100 federal law enforcement agencies that employ special agents. [widget:368] Special agents serve in all three branches of government – the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch – and many of the ...
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    Promotions: The Courses that Count

    Promotions: The Courses that Count
    You’ve decided to go back to college. You figured how to pay for it (or have your agency do so). You’ve set up a place in your home to study for exams and do papers. But here’s the question that many people ask…what should you study? Picking a major has never been harder than it is now. With the explosion of ...
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    Top Things to Know with Saving for College

    1. Saving for your own retirement is more important than saving for college. 2. The sooner you start saving, the better. 3. Stocks are best for your college savings portfolio. 4. You don't have to save the entire cost of four years of college. 5. With mutual funds, investing for college is simple. 6. 529 savings plans are a good way ...
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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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    Bill Ties Police Raises to Education

    Bill Ties Police Raises to Education
    BOSTON — Police officers would be eligible for pay raises after completing a variety of college courses — not just those associated with law enforcement — under legislation proposed at the Statehouse. State Rep. Martin Walsh, D-Dorchester, wants to expand the Quinn Bill, which gives raises of up to 25 percent to officers with college degrees. "_Find a school that will ...
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    The Skinny on Student Loans

    An education loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. Federal law sets the maximum interest rates and fees lenders may charge for federally guaranteed loans, and nothing prevents a lender from charging lower fees. "_Find a school that will get you ready for a career in law enforcement._":http://policelink.monster.com/content/education-resources Here are three types of education loans: ...
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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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