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 I graduated in August of 2010 with a degree in law enforcement with a gpa of 2.7. Not the best gpa but I've seen worst. I've applied to many pd and a lot of probation jobs. I would really love a probation job. I'm not getting any call backs from any one. The only thing that I have on my record is a underage drinking ticket, one speeding ticket from 2007. I have pretty bad credit because I had to pay my way through college. I was just wondering with anyone had any ideas why I've not got a call. Should I call them? Please help

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Welcome to Policelink.  This is the point where you need to go to the "Introductions" forum and post an intro.  This will assist the rest of us with providing the best advice we can.  However, I strongly urge you to consider our words as advice and not steadfast rules.  You never know whether this is really a Patrol Sergeant with 20+ years of experience, one of me children, someone who wants to pretend to be something they are not just to mess with you, or even a burglar who has opened this computer and decided to have a little fun at your expense.


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 It's hard out there.  I myself have been applying since before I graduated the academy in June of '10 and all I keep getting is rejection letter after rejection letter.  But that's what happens with 50 applicants and 3 open spots.  All I have to say is keep trying and it should happen.

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Welcome to PL and good luck to you.  


Have you tried getting Volunteering at your local agency just to make contacts and learn about the department?  


I wouldn't worry so much about your GPA.  What makes you competitive in today's market?  


Have you called any recruiters to help assist you? 


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I moved this discussion to the Intro area.


Ok, so you graduated from college. Did you put yourself through an Academy...?


That has THE potential of landing a job. Don't expect anyone to hand you a LEO job that includes attending an Academy.


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Bump The Sarge and did you ever consider working on your grammar and spelling? If you wrote this abysmally on your app, resume' and/or test, it would explain your difficulties.


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According to his profile the  is from IL, which I am pretty sure is not a state that allows self sponsering in an academy.

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Getting hired in LE isn't easy believe me, I've had friends apply for years and get rejection letters. You might want to start out at your local Sheriff's Office and be a Corrections Officer and work your way into Patrol. Just a suggestion.


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Look at an intern position. Many people seeking law enforcement positions.

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Try your local work force agency. They will have leads for you. Also try reserve with S.O or P.D, you'll get experience as well as getting to know the officers and dept policies. Its helped me. Good Luck

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dolds000 says ...


Try your local work force agency. They will have leads for you. Also try reserve with S.O or P.D, you'll get experience as well as getting to know the officers and dept policies. Its helped me. Good Luck

Great advice! That is exactly what I am currently doing. @JDH I am in the same spot you are in. I've been applying with every agency in a 100 mile radius of my house for the last 5 years. I have box full of rejection letters, email boxes full of rejection emails. Take dolds advice and try to become a reserve with a department, or try the corrections or being a dispatcher. Both you will get familiar with the department and its policies and the people. Keep your head up, chest up, and prayed up! It just may not be your time yet. Do not stop applying, even if its the same department. I don't know how many times a year I've applied to the same agency or have interviews with the same department. I almost threw it all away a couple years ago. I just got tired of being rejected. I literally took everything I had law enforcement and boxed it away. Everything from shirts, hats, model cars, flags etc. I was pissed off big time. I was done with it and I was moving on. But as time would tell, I got back in it. Became a reserve with a department a 100 miles away. That's how much I want a job as a police. So keep it up!


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Being a reserve officer  you can meet officers from neighboring agencies, keep your license active, get access to any state mandated training and gain experience. Keep looking and eventually you'll find something!


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Not sure what you mean by degree in law enforcement. BA/AA? Did you mean Criminal Justice? But my advice is that you need to add more items to your "resume". In this declining economy less job opportunities present themselves and you need to be competetive. Just having a degree may not be enough anymore. Find more ways that make you stand out. And you still have to keep applying and taking written tests.


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