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I'll tell you how it went for the departments that I applied to: written test, physical agility test, a writing assessment, interview, background investigation, polygraph, psychological examination, and then appointment. It may be different where you are. I'd advise you not to go into the interview thinking that you're already hired; study and learn information about your department, go in with a level head, and be prepared to answer some questions. It's really painless, and I actually enjoyed the interview. The polygraph is a different story: everyone gets nervous regardless of whether you have something to hide or not. You're going to be nervous...it's going to happen. Don't worry, though, that doesn't throw off the machine; they calibrate it so that your nervousness is taken into account. Answer truthfully whatever they ask and you'll be perfectly fine. No sweat. Biggest thing: have fun. These are memories that you're making so that a year, or two years, or ten years into your career you can look back and smile.

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Alienbow, as recruit said, we have no idea if you have gone through the other processes of background checks, physical agility, written, etc but an interview with the Chief is a good thing. He may ask you the dreaded and difficult question of why you want to be a police officer. Just answer all of his questions honestly with your head held up and be proud of yourself. Not cocky but confident and sure of yourself and your desire to learn and work as a team player. As for the polygraph, I personally hate them but keep your cool and simply answer the question honestly without hesitation and you should be fine. Might be too early but welcome to the family. Let us know what happens.

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Just checked your background and education. Very impressive and I am sure you will breeze through this portion of your hiring. Good luck with the Academy!

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From what I understand background is the biggest area where they get people...polygraph the second. We were told there was somewhere between 2500 and 3000 people that were in the hiring process for my class; 103 made it, and eight have dropped in the first week.

Also, alienbow, no physical agility test/physical assessment test? That's completely unheard of down here in SoCal if that's the case....

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It depends on the location and the departments, different Chiefs do it different ways. When I do the interview, it is the final interview where I speak with them, go over their hiring packet and clear up any questions that I may have and explain what is expected of them, what they can expect from the department, give them the starting pay, benefits... This is the time to ask the Man (or the Woman), who is the one that can answer your questions or dispel any rumors. Ask intelligent, thoughtful questions, be articulate and respectful. Don't ask how much money or how many vacation days you will get, or tell the boss that working weekends, nights and holidays won't really work for you and that you want to go right into detectives or the school. Those are usually meeting ending questions.

Polygraphs are polygraphs. No one likes them but they serve a purpose, we lose most of our people in the polygraph since we do that early on in the process and you would be surprised how many people are still doing crimes when they apply for a police officer position.

Remember you may be educated but you have to earn your time and learn the job, you may have theory but you have no practical experience so do yourself a favor and follow these tips... Keep your mouth closed and your ears and eyes open, know that you are new and you have a lot to learn, don't try to hard to fit in, do your job, do what you are told, keep your word and most of all, do your best. I wish you the best of luck.

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Chief just double tapped it for everyone else. I just finished the academy (last week) for Las Vegas and it is a great feeling. Currently, I am in field training and I still can't believe that I get paid for doing this......... Otherwise, I would do it for free.

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Hey congrats on finishing it up AF! How long was your academy? Just finished our week 1, but they extended us an extra 4 weeks so we're now at 28. Have fun with the field training!!

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Recruit-
20 week academy. It used to be 25 but it got cut short of all the BS. FT is a blast! Stay with it and you'll be alright. Hopefully you'll have the opportunity to ride the lightning (taser) and get OC'd (close your mouth for this one and don't be like me).
-AF out.....

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LOL... I have rode and I have been OC'd. Your correct about closing the mouth. I loaded a pic of me going through the OC quals. (taser is alot easier than the OC)

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Good luck, alienbow!

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Good Luck, alienbow. Keep pushing forward. You will be an asset to this department.

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Keep us up to date young lady! So far looking good!

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GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!! alienbow

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alienbow, relax a little. You can't do anything else but represent yourself as a quality applicant, which obviously you have done. You either get the job, or you don't. Getting all bunched up isn't helping, and the dark circles from staying up all night are not an asset when you arrive for the physical. This is advice thats hard to follow, but good luck.

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"Like I said, if I am doing these things, why wouldn’t I be getting hired?

They are not going to waste their time and money."

I disagree...for example, there were somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 applicants who went through the testing process with my department to try to get into my academy class. 103 made it. There were people who were dropped after the written, and after the physical agility, and interview, and backgrounds, and poly, and psych, and medical. Just because you're going through the process doesn't mean you're getting the job.

I went through the process with two agencies and was disqualified during the backgrounds; this disqualification happened after *successfully* completing all the other phases. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched alien.

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I was photographed, fingerprinted, and even assigned an academy date for one department that I was applying to...and then two weeks later was disqualified. That's why I'm saying to hope for the best but plan on the worst. I don't want to be a downer or anything, but I've been there...twice...where I thought I was a sure-fire candidate and I was disqualified. Let us know when you find out...I'm hoping for the best for you. In the meantime, hopefully you're training both physically and mentally for the academy in the chance that you should make it in. It's super stressful...I knew it was going into it but you still can't prepare for the stress level on your body. I just finished up my second week and started to get sick about midway through; so in the chance that you do make it, start building up your body with vitamins (multi-vitamin AND vitamin C every day), eating healthy, and stocking up on sleep because you're not going to get any once you get in.

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amy, there are many times in this line of work where you stand alone, this is one of those times. getting the job is as hard as keeping it most times unless you are juiced in. it was very hard for me to get on and the hard times just started. if i had not kept on trying i would not be where i am today, i was turned down 2 times before i got the chance to go to the academy. getting the job is not the hardest part, so i hope you will keep on trying even if you dont make it this time.. my first fto told me that there were people that can be taught to take reports and people that were born to be a cop. if you are born to do it then dont worry about this round.. it will happen or not, if not what are you prepard to do next, are you ready to give up, if so then this job is not for you.

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recruit, i forgot to tell you, when you get back after a week of pt go to your doc and request a b-12 shot, you wont believe how much it will help. i give myself b-12, 2 times a month because of the work out i do during the week.

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