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Do You Wanna Know Who Can Tell You Can Be A Cop or Not?

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Posted about 3 years ago

 

Hello Ladies and Germs...


Most of you know me as a goofball and usually the one fighting to save dreams... even though the fight might be pointless... I still believe in dreams.


THOSE OF YOU WONDERING IF YOU COULD BE A COP READ BELOW


NUMBER ONE: You are the biggest factor. TAKE A GOOD HARD LOOK IN THE MIRROR. Think about it. If you WANT it bad enough you will do everythign legally possible to become a cop.


NUMBER TWO: When you post on this site- you are asking for an opinion. ANOTHER PERSON BEHIND A COMPUTER'S opinion. They could be anything from an 8 year old paste eater to NYPD POLICE CHIEF- its the INTERNET.  Stop taking things so personal. I know it's harder said then done... I have my moments as well. I'm far form perfect.


NUMBER THREE: The TRULY only people that can tell you NO is the actual department- departments vary so one might say no another might say yes. I suggest, doing some research about the department and area you want to be a police officer in, writing down a bunch of questions you'd like answered, shower and dress nice, march down to that department and start asking away. Remember someone on here could tell you yes or no... but until you get it from the actual department... then you truly don't know.


Also remember a lot of us have been on this site for years. I remember posting things and getting my butt chewed... DON'T TAKE THINGS SO PERSONALLY... And my FELLOW PL VETS- remember common sense and a sprinkle of kindness....


Stay Safe Ya'All


Miss you mucho


RED

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Very well said Red!!!! I believe that I will direct all newbies to this thread when these questions arise as they usually always do!!!


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Thank You... I try to help when I can.


 

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A gracious good morning Erin.Fine post,especially #1--Be safe lady.-----Dave

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Very well stated Erin... stay safe and get your butt back Stateside in one piece.

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Well put; stay safe!


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Very well said.  Be safe, Red. 


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Excellent post, let's see if we can get a mod to sticky it here.

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How very true the statements are. Being here for less than one year, I have been "chewed", and I have made appologies. I never once felt disouraged from the decision I made before I even found police link, but I did use PL to narrow down my preferences vs. abilities.


I still feel that the harsh critics should keep it coming. Not only will it 'wean out the weanies' but I hate to see someone get into a position, say infront of a criminal, and get their feelings hurt, because everyone else took it easy on him/her up to that point.


A sense of humor... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.

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Believe me, a sense of humor is a much needed tool to be in any customer service job, whether it is taking phone calls from pissed off people or responding to medical emergencies, fires or patrol... if you don't have a sense of humor- no matter how morbid... you won't survive...


ALSO- it's the internet... people need to calm down. Granted please take all due precautions to protect yourself from getting harassed or in trouble... but just because someone on the internet calls you a poopie head or says 'you'll never be a cop' i'm example number one that you can prove them wrong and just because the magic eightball says no... doesn't mean your life is over!


Cheer up! Beer Up! MAN or WOMAN UP!!

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BUMP to this!  Very well said Red!!

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Is this the thread i am supposed to post in to ask if I have what it takes?


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If you have to ask...you don't.


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Although I'm a little long in the tooth to become a Police Officer, I can feel that your thoughts come from the heart.........you can't top sincererity.

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Hey, don't knock the paste. It's flour and water--like your unleavened bread, but without having to wait for it to come out of the oven.




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Well said and I will surely take this thread and Reds' post into consideration being a newbie to PL. Although, being a U.S. Coast Guard Vet has and will help me during the process. Not bragging, just stating I am grateful to have Prior Federal Law Enforcement Experience from the USCG.. Stay safe and excellent thread.

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My thoughts exactly! Very well put:) I want to be a police officer after I finish up with college. The way I look at it, as long as I keep my squeaky clean background, my confidence, and my drive, what's to stop me from accomplishing what I want?

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Well said! I shall file this in the "'Nuff said" drawer for use at a later time.


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Dang Red, how did I miss this one when it was originally posted I have no idea. HUGH BUMP !!!!!!


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Hi Red,


I have a question for you.


If it is not professionally detrimental to go to a department and ask them what I want to know, than do you have suggestions as to what kind of questions I should steer clear of during a first impressionable encounter?


Hannah Claiborne 

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Well said Erin.  I'm not sure how I missed this one either.  Major Bumpity bump.  You make sure you make it back to us here safely ok? 

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Excellent post. Thanks so much for starting this thread.


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I have a question. Oh wait, darn it...............................................


Good post. I'm impressed.


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Very well put on all points Red. Wish I was as smart as you.


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HannahClai says ...



Hi Red,


I have a question for you.


If it is not professionally detrimental to go to a department and ask them what I want to know, than do you have suggestions as to what kind of questions I should steer clear of during a first impressionable encounter?


Hannah Claiborne 



 


From the posts I've seen from you, you seem to have some common sense.


Police Officers are people too. Treat them with respect, honesty and thankfulness- it'll go a long way.


Just think of some well thought out ones.


I've done quite a few ride-alongs- those are great for a more relaxed setting were you can kind of ask the 'dumber' questions.


I DO ADVISE!!!!!! That you research the department- DON'T GO IN WITH OUT DOING YOUR RESEARCH!! A little history, some current events. That'll show you are truly interested in the department and not just 'job seeking' you are career seeking.


If you'd like I'll think of some better questions... sorry if this wasn't exactly you were expecting.

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Thank you for the compliment :)


Your answer did help, and I am waiting for a call to do a ride-a-long after my backround check is finished. I will be bringing a list of questions because you're right, this is not just a job it's a career choice. Also I have put together a list of question for the FHP recruiter. Thanks for getting back to me.


BTW, I took a look at your profile. I like what you posted about yourself. Very straightforward and tactful.

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HannahClai says ...



Thank you for the compliment :)


Your answer did help, and I am waiting for a call to do a ride-a-long after my backround check is finished. I will be bringing a list of questions because you're right, this is not just a job it's a career choice. Also I have put together a list of question for the FHP recruiter. Thanks for getting back to me.


BTW, I took a look at your profile. I like what you posted about yourself. Very straightforward and tactful.



 


I can tell you, my profile has molded and changed so often since I've been on.


Please remember if you don't want your boss, or future boss or grandma even reading, don't post it.


People are watching, and not all of them are good people.


Just some advice from a lesson learned hard.

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