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I just wanted to put up a quick post too see where everyone stands as far as how long their hiring process took. I know a lot of departments say 4-6 months, because that is what mine was. But, due to budget cuts and other factors, it took me exactly 18 months. Was it frustrating at times...yes, but completely worth it in the end.

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About 24 hours.It was a lateral move.


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SGT405 haha that does not count

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I am going on five months and I have two more months to go. I wish I had Sgt's issue! LOL 

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SGT405 haha that does not count



 


Ok, all kidding aside, going back a few years(ahem) when I started if memory serves it was around 4 weeks total.


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When I was hired no test. They asked how you felt and that was the physical. No agility test if you walked up the flight of steps that was good. Polygraph, Credit check and psych interview. Two weeks total. I did not attend an academy. Rode with another officer two weeks and was good to go. The old days.

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A year and counting........


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I tried for a year and a half with no bites, so now I am self sponsering to the academy (waiting on oral board for acceptance) so its can be a long process.

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 Depends on which department I'm talking about.  I'm anywhere between 2 months to 2 years

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In reality it only took about 6 months...but due to ue budget cut backs and our old chief leaving for another department it pushed it back further...we were supposed to start last fall, then in march, and finally now I have my date for June 11th

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It took me about 3 months. Took the test in October (yes, a few years ago) and was sworn in the middle of January.


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 7 months


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Congrats, AFSgt!


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From the time i started looking for a LEO job, 2+ years.  From the time I applied at the agency that hired me until I started, about 5 months.

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I've worked at four agencies the average was 6 to 8 months after the point of turning in the application on average.

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I'm in the selection process right now. I turned in the application in late January, background check took 3 weeks. Now waiting for the results of the interview and its been 3 almost 4 weeks now. Good news is that I haven't gotten a rejection letter in my email yet so I must be doing something right!


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Absolutely.  Sometimes, not always though, no news can lead to good news.  Patience is the hardest thing, but good things come to those who wait.

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I worked a large town for twenty five years.Many testing procedures and usually over a thousand applicants,ergo somewhere in the neighborhood of eight months.Following retirement moved to a much smaller city in another state and was hired by another P.D. three days after applying.

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I'm still in the academy and can't yet turn in any applications but I say a few people mention "no bites", do you usually receive a letter or some form of confirmation if you are not chosen?

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I'm still in the academy and can't yet turn in any applications but I say a few people mention "no bites", do you usually receive a letter or some form of confirmation if you are not chosen?



Yes....

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That's ridiculous that they won't let you try out and start submitting now.  It can take quite some time by the time your out of the academy you need to start working or at least be half way to working.  I submitted to many agencies while I was in the academy, and I'm glad I did because the one guy who was my very good friend throughout the academy that was sponsored by a department introduced me to his Chief at graduation.  I was deep in their process and the Chief ended up remembering me and hiring me full-time plus benefits 4 months after I was out of the academy.  In the state I was in you had one year to get hired by a department and become fully certified or suffer going through the academy all over again.  Just words of wisdom the moral is keep your options open, an opportunity is always knocking at the door at any minute.

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That's ridiculous that they won't let you try out and start submitting now.  It can take quite some time by the time your out of the academy you need to start working or at least be half way to working.  I submitted to many agencies while I was in the academy, and I'm glad I did because the one guy who was my very good friend throughout the academy that was sponsored by a department introduced me to his Chief at graduation.  I was deep in their process and the Chief ended up remembering me and hiring me full-time plus benefits 4 months after I was out of the academy.  In the state I was in you had one year to get hired by a department and become fully certified or suffer going through the academy all over again.  Just words of wisdom the moral is keep your options open, an opportunity is always knocking at the door at any minute.



Bump. When I was in BLET most of our instructors were from the agency which I wanted to work for. It was a 6 month long job interview. We were being watched by how we shined our boots to how we spoke to our instructors and how we pressed the creases into our uniforms. Attention to detail was the key. Towards the end of BLET I was approached by the agency and the hiring process thereafter went smoothly. Something that many people forget in the interview through the academy they are being watched every single time they come into contact with a perspective employer. What that means is you may think you are sitting in the corner picking your nose and nobody is watching.......but you would be wrong. Also keep in mind LE is a very small community and yes we DO talk.


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Took the written test in April on a whim (and hungover). Got the highest score on the test. Then it was background, physical, agility, oral interview, and psych over the course of the next 4 months. Sworn in August 10th. I wouldn't recommend the hangover part these days...too many other guys goiing to study group and such...the competition is fierce. 


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 I had no idea that some people went to the academy without a position yet with a police department. I thought you had to get hired first before you went to the academy. For Louisville they have their own separate academy which is 8 months long compared to Kentucky's Academy that is only 20 weeks. 

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Here in Iowa, you have to be sponsored by an agency before you can pay your way to the academy. The cost is $11K  unless you are hired and the agency pays your way there. 


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 I had no idea that some people went to the academy without a position yet with a police department. I thought you had to get hired first before you went to the academy. For Louisville they have their own separate academy which is 8 months long compared to Kentucky's Academy that is only 20 weeks. 



Whether you can send yourself to the academy varies by state.  In some states, like KS for example, the academy is free, but you must be sent by an agency, you cannot attend on your own.  In others, like TX you can sponser yourself and have to pay for the academy or you many be sent by some agencies, usually the bigger police depts like Houston or San Antonio.  If you self sponser in TX  and then are hired by a city like Houston, they have an abbreviated academy (I think) they send you to.  Don't know about KY.

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 I had no idea that some people went to the academy without a position yet with a police department. I thought you had to get hired first before you went to the academy. For Louisville they have their own separate academy which is 8 months long compared to Kentucky's Academy that is only 20 weeks. 



Whether you can send yourself to the academy varies by state.  In some states, like KS for example, the academy is free, but you must be sent by an agency, you cannot attend on your own.  In others, like TX you can sponser yourself and have to pay for the academy or you many be sent by some agencies, usually the bigger police depts like Houston or San Antonio.  If you self sponser in TX  and then are hired by a city like Houston, they have an abbreviated academy (I think) they send you to.  Don't know about KY.


In Kansas you also have an obligation to remain at the agency that employed you for at least two years or the officer may risk having to pay back the agency if they leave prior to two years. This keeps people from hiring on at one agency and completing the academy and leaving for a preferred agency.

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Same here had to sign a written contract if I left before two years at my first job I had to pay back training costs and uniform costs.  All listed in the contract when I started had to sign.

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Cedardale says ...



AFSgt says ...



 I had no idea that some people went to the academy without a position yet with a police department. I thought you had to get hired first before you went to the academy. For Louisville they have their own separate academy which is 8 months long compared to Kentucky's Academy that is only 20 weeks. 



Whether you can send yourself to the academy varies by state.  In some states, like KS for example, the academy is free, but you must be sent by an agency, you cannot attend on your own.  In others, like TX you can sponser yourself and have to pay for the academy or you many be sent by some agencies, usually the bigger police depts like Houston or San Antonio.  If you self sponser in TX  and then are hired by a city like Houston, they have an abbreviated academy (I think) they send you to.  Don't know about KY.


In Kansas you also have an obligation to remain at the agency that employed you for at least two years or the officer may risk having to pay back the agency if they leave prior to two years. This keeps people from hiring on at one agency and completing the academy and leaving for a preferred agency.

Usaully in KS the agency you go to pays the agency you left if you change departments before your 2 years are up.   I previously worked for an agency that hired an individual straight from the academy upon his graduation and paid the agency that sent him the salary he had drawn while attending the academy.   They did it that way as it was cheaper to pay that agency salary  that to send someone through the academy and pay them at our salary rate.

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 My reserve deputy position took about 2 months. But the one that I am laughing about is the Secret Service. I applied back in '09 or 10 for uniform secret service in DC. Never heard a word for about 8 months then an weird unknown call came in for me to report to such and such for a written test. There was like 4 of us in the room and we were told that we would hear the results in about 6 weeks. Its been almost 2 years lol! Explain that wait lol. Still waiting for the phone call........


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