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There are several things you can do to make yourself more attractive on paper, especially with all the economic problems today.  Some you might not even realize or think of.


 


First and easiest, become first-aid and CPR certified.  You can do this at most community centers and it looks good on your app.


 


Second, and much more difficult, put yourself through the academy.  In these economic times, alot of depertments are going to hire certified officers to save the time and money.


 


Third, Get a concealed carry permit.  It shows that you have can pass a background check and that you know how to shoot a gun.  It also helps show you are responsible.


 


Fourth, if applicable, if you have a minor criminal charge from years ago, get it expunged.  Go to the origin town/county and talk to them.


 


Fifth, if you ae under 21, join the military. 


 


Sixth, be in shape.  It doesn't take much effort to run three times a week.


 


There are more that I ask Officers to respond here with.  If you find this helpful, I am going to post a thread about looking good during the hiring process.

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Nice BC. I haven't seen  CPR or CCW ideas mentioned before. Keep it coming!


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Lot's of little things help.

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Join the Auxiliary unit of the department to which you want to apply, if they have one. Many departments have the same basic hiring requirements for their Auxiliary as they do paid officers. This will give you the chance to attend training and demonstrate your abilities. It will also give you a chance to meet and work with various members of the department and ehance your chances of applying for a paid position. In most cases you will have to attend the regular academy regardless of any prior training you may have.

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great idea with CPR and first aid. i opted to complete my physical education requirement for my degree by taking it this semester. it's nice that they increased the length of the certification to an extra year for each.

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Learn another language. As much as I think everyone here should speak our language, the bottom line is people don't and departments are looking to connect with them better.


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Thanks thats alot of great information in just a few sentences. very helpful

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How about...Get a job.  During our last hiring process, we had several applicants who were unemployed.  Unemployed does not mean unemployable.  By working at a job which may not be your ideal career shows that you are responsible and want to work.  Being unemployed may not technically count against you, but imagine being one of the people on the other side of the table who have worked for years and are evaluating you to come to work with/for them.  You can't beat a good work ethic.


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Learn another language. As much as I think everyone here should speak our language, the bottom line is people don't and departments are looking to connect with them better.



That's extremely helpful if you live in a big city with a lot of diversity.


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In order to go to the academy you need to be hired before hand correct?

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In order to go to the academy you need to be hired before hand correct?



Depends on the state you are in, for example in KS the academy is free, but you must be hired and sent by an agency.  In MO you can self sponser in the academy and you have to pay for the academy yourself (usually several thousand dollars)..  Some agencies in MO will hire youand send you to the acadmy, however these are usully the largest agencies.

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Great tips Casscocop~!~


Things that I can add are...Go to your local SO or City PD and request to do ride-alongs..Familiarize yourself with the department(s)  and get to know the chief/sherriff. Go to citizens academy if your area offers one. If you plan on becoming an officer try not to "Job Hop" in years prior to applying, Showing long term commitment to a job shows them you are a reliable person.

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Yeah, a random job history hurts.

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Great tips Casscocop~!~


Things that I can add are...Go to your local SO or City PD and request to do ride-alongs..Familiarize yourself with the department(s)  and get to know the chief/sherriff. Go to citizens academy if your area offers one. If you plan on becoming an officer try not to "Job Hop" in years prior to applying, Showing long term commitment to a job shows them you are a reliable person.



Great!  I actually got my call from Fairborn PD reguarding my application and to call to schedule my ride-along.  I returned his call of course however I'm waiting to hear back from him to pick a day.  The concealed carry/CPR/first-aid are great ideas.  I'm self-sponsoring myself for the academy lined up for January, however even though I'm enrolled I still have to go to their Financial Aid department.  The only discrepency I think I'll run into is my credit history.  It went a little sour when I separated, then finally found a job then taking a big paycut.  However when I'm questioned about it I'm prepared to answer that I may have taken a paycut but my family needed to be taken care of.  With paycuts come prioritization on finances.  And food, water, and shelter come first in my book than some delinquent credit cards.  It is what it is but it's definitely something I haven't been anticipating for the big day.

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Take a 1st responder class and get on the national registry. They will teach 1st aid, CPR,  AED, ect.  

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Get a college degree


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THINGS ON MY LIST TO ACHIEVE BEFORE JUNE OF 2010. This is when I will be applying for a local police department, I already know the languages. I'm currently also in school and will have my Associates degree this coming June.


1. Associates/Bachlors Degree


2. Emergency Response Certification


3. CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification


4. First Responder certification by your state


5. FOID card


6. Auxiliary Unit


7. Part-time community officer at a local PD


8. Bi-Langual English/Polish/Spanish

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One more thing I didn't see listed was volunteer in your community. Many departments look at this type of service favorably.


Also Kami (or anyone who can answer) - if you put yourself through an academy, does it need to be the academy in the state you are applying? What if you go through one states academy but they aren't hiring so you move in order to get a job, will that academy training still help?


Thanks so much for everyone's help!

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Academy training reciprocity varies from State to State.  Some States will not accept another States academy certification while other States may accept the certification with certain caveats, such as having you take "Waiver Training".  This means that the State will accept the bulk of the other States training certification but still reuires you to take certain training classes in there State (such as State Laws, Firearms and Use of Force for example.


The best way to determine whether a State accepts another State's academy training certification, and to what degree they accept it, is to contact the LE Training Commission in the State thet you are looking to move to and ask them about their specific requirements.


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Academy training reciprocity varies from State to State.  Some States will not accept another States academy certification while other States may accept the certification with certain caveats, such as having you take "Waiver Training".  This means that the State will accept the bulk of the other States training certification but still reuires you to take certain training classes in there State (such as State Laws, Firearms and Use of Force for example.


The best way to determine whether a State accepts another State's academy training certification, and to what degree they accept it, is to contact the LE Training Commission in the State thet you are looking to move to and ask them about their specific requirements.



Thanks for the info!!!

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As a retired chief I don't feel the ccw permit would assist in the hiring process. If you have no criminal record and are not committed to a padded room anyone can get one. It is my understand the applicant attends a class and shoots at a target. To me the important things are a college degree and good character. Speaking spanish is also a nice ticket.

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I like all of these ideas but I have found that even after doing all of these things I am not found as a desirable hire, nothing in my background is stopping me, I don't know why i'm not the right candidate. I have a CCW, I am a member of the national guard who has served in Iraq, I put myself through the academy and am certifiable in Utah. Only thing I can't do is get on as an auxillary or reserve in my area because there aren't in with almost all of the local departments. I'm at a loss why I am not as hireable as I think... Any ideas?

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Education, work experience, and a clean record are the basics.  Everything else is a bonus, especially language skills.  I was surprised to hear from an agency on one occassion that sign language would get you hired on the spot.  Either way, the process is highly competitve.  I just tested for a department, 240 took the written and physical agilities test, 50 of us are going on to the oral boards, only 4-6 will get hired. 

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Nice BC. I haven't seen  CPR or CCW ideas mentioned before. Keep it coming!



Good point! Those are two things already on my list to do that nobody has told me to do. This is all really helpful info Reklaw and everyone else. Thanks!


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If being a LEO is what some of us truly want, than we got to do whatever we can to make ourselves as hireable as possible. This thread is just to give some pointers on what could look good on our resume and application.


 


Good Luck to all you guys/gals out there trying to get on


 


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Take a 1st responder class and get on the national registry. They will teach 1st aid, CPR,  AED, ect.  



Do you mean like an EMT course? If not, what kind of course(s), and who offers them?

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Higher education (preferably LE related), prior Military service, prior LE service, clean background. good work history, good credit, good physical stature, and being bi-lingual (or proficient in sign language) will all help you become hirable.


All the other stuff is just fluff. 


The most important thing is to pass all of the testing.


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Higher education (preferably LE related), prior Military service, prior LE service, clean background. good work history, good credit, good physical stature, and being bi-lingual (or proficient in sign language) will all help you become hirable.


All the other stuff is just fluff. 


The most important thing is to pass all of the testing.



While i agree with a lot of what you said, physical stature is not somethng you can change to make yourself more hirable, since most LE agencies are EEO, I would not worry about stature.  I doubt if you will see a LE ad that says "short people need not apply"

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PETE114 says ...



Higher education (preferably LE related), prior Military service, prior LE service, clean background. good work history, good credit, good physical stature, and being bi-lingual (or proficient in sign language) will all help you become hirable.


All the other stuff is just fluff. 


The most important thing is to pass all of the testing.



While i agree with a lot of what you said, physical stature is not somethng you can change to make yourself more hirable, since most LE agencies are EEO, I would not worry about stature.  I doubt if you will see a LE ad that says "short people need not apply"



Sorry, should have said physical fitness.


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GR8 advice PLEASE keep it coming,I could use all the help i can get.

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