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Is applying to multiple departments frowned upon?

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Dallas_max50

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I was scheduled to take a civil service exam with a department last month, but was told roughly three weeks out from the recruiter that the tattoo policy for applicants was change. I have researched and found two more great departments in the same area. I am scheduled to take the civil service exam with one next month and i'm unsure if I should apply with the other department not wanting to seem depserate or disrespectful. I was wondering from anyones past experience if applying to multiple departsments is frowned upon?

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No its not.

Dallas_max50

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 Ok, thanks.

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Keep in mind you may be axed to reveal other applications you have submitted. These agencies will be contacted to see if your information coincides with others.

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 When you are applying to big agencies that are governed by civil service it doesn't matter. However if you ae applying to a small agency and they see that you have a chance at getting hired by a bigger agency they may think twice about having to lose an officer and having to find someone all over again.

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 Ok. I sort of figured they might verify information, which is no big deal. All of the agencies are a good size. I guess that makes sense with no wanting to lose an officer. Thanks for the info guys.

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Hawk9877 says ...



 When you are applying to big agencies that are governed by civil service it doesn't matter. However if you ae applying to a small agency and they see that you have a chance at getting hired by a bigger agency they may think twice about having to lose an officer and having to find someone all over again.



 


^This. Every application I have seen has the question "have you applied to any other law enforcement agencies within X years". It is done exactly for the reason Hawk9877 said. No dept. is going to waste a million dollars doing a background, academy training, field training, equipment etc. only to have that officer leave after a year or two when the dept. they really wanted decides to hire them.


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I did the shotgun approach, I literally applied to over 40 different departments... took me four years (with my Military, bachelors, and high written scores) and finally got one offer.


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 Every department has asked me if I have applied to other departments, and every single one of them informed me that if I am able to move that I should apply anywhere I can.  When I applied to Tampa it put it more into perspective for me; I am up to about 45 departments not including duplicates.

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cmm07r says ...



 Every department has asked me if I have applied to other departments, and every single one of them informed me that if I am able to move that I should apply anywhere I can.  When I applied to Tampa it put it more into perspective for me; I am up to about 45 departments not including duplicates.


 


45 departments? And I thought applying to 7-8 departments was insane. 



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IowaNinersFan says ...



cmm07r says ...



 Every department has asked me if I have applied to other departments, and every single one of them informed me that if I am able to move that I should apply anywhere I can.  When I applied to Tampa it put it more into perspective for me; I am up to about 45 departments not including duplicates.


 


45 departments? And I thought applying to 7-8 departments was insane. 



I surpassed 7-8 before I even left the academy lol.



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SGT405 says ...



Hawk9877 says ...



 When you are applying to big agencies that are governed by civil service it doesn't matter. However if you ae applying to a small agency and they see that you have a chance at getting hired by a bigger agency they may think twice about having to lose an officer and having to find someone all over again.



 


^This. Every application I have seen has the question "have you applied to any other law enforcement agencies within X years". It is done exactly for the reason Hawk9877 said. No dept. is going to waste a million dollars doing a background, academy training, field training, equipment etc. only to have that officer leave after a year or two when the dept. they really wanted decides to hire them.


 


That's what worries me. I don't want them to think that way. If I'm hired by a department, i want them to know that i am loyal. They would be giving me an opportunity at a great career. 


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 So what is the correct answer here? You have to put it on apps/ background packets, One would think based on grad date and having applied  your looking for a job.   But this sparked a question for me and maybe  if there is any background guys in here they could answer for me. I have worked as a reserve officer before I started school. When I am done with school, do I list all the departments I applied for as a reserve officer as well as list tem as previous employers?  Sorry to throw in a question but it kind of goes with your discussion.