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Posted about 2 years ago

 

Hello again,


 


I have seen State Police and City Police angle their vehicles during traffic stops, and I have seen others that havn't. Is the angle to deflect possible vehicle collisions away, to place the engine block and wheel well between the officer and the stopped vehicle, both, or other reasons?


 


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I am going to make a suggestion since you are posting so many questions. I would strongly suggest you schedule a ride-a-long with your local cop shop. Keep in mind policy and procedures are not the same with each agency. I would run these questions by the officer you are scheduled to ride with. Since you are an applicant I would concentrate my efforts on obtaining employment. You are getting way ahead of yourself. Take a deep breath and relax.

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I understand. I applied for another ride-along two weeks ago. I just have questions that I come up with and I'm curious how things are done elsewhere besides my current location.


HOWEVER, I agree, get the job first. ACTUALLY, I just received a call from a ride-along officer as I was typing this. I have an issue with over-thinking things, which makes the actual event more calming, but I stress myself out more than I should. I am generally laid back concerning most everything else in life; I'm just incredibly excited about LE work. I will take your advice to heart and work on relaxing my thoughts and focusing on immediate goals.


 


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It sounds like your ride along will be a full shift (8 hours) with the officer so don't flood him/her with all your questions at once. You are welcome to ask the officer questions about police work and LE but keep in mind, the officer is a normal person and have other interests/hobbies outside of police work so try to talk about that to break the monotony. Ride alongs are suppose to be enjoyable and a good learning experience so don't stress. Just my 2 cents! 


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It seems  to me like you are asking questions you already know the answers to. Before I got into law enforcement, I did not even notice how officers had their vehicles angled during traffic stops, let alone the reasons for doing so. Quesitions are welcomed, but if you are answering the questions in your questions, there may not be a need to ask them.

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Yes, asked and answered.


Next question.


Suggestion: I can appreciate the question are you asking. Why don't you just start a discussion topic called "Questions from tomcatphtm". That way you can get all your inquiries concentrated in one place.


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It seems  to me like you are asking questions you already know the answers to. Before I got into law enforcement, I did not even notice how officers had their vehicles angled during traffic stops, let alone the reasons for doing so. Quesitions are welcomed, but if you are answering the questions in your questions, there may not be a need to ask them.



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I love your profile pic schultz, good memories. I wasn't sure if my theories on car angle were correct or not. They sounded reasonable, but I was unsure.


Sarge, you're correct, it's for my favorite jets. I wish they were still in service. You're the FIRST person to figure it out in several years...or at least tell me.


I'm a little wary about a whole discussion for my questions...uncle d pointed out some vailid things: I'm going to learn alot of this information if I get the job, but I need to get the job first. However, your idea is a pretty good one Sarge, so I don't choke the forum with my name.

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It sounds like your ride along will be a full shift (8 hours) with the officer so don't flood him/her with all your questions at once. You are welcome to ask the officer questions about police work and LE but keep in mind, the officer is a normal person and have other interests/hobbies outside of police work so try to talk about that to break the monotony. Ride alongs are suppose to be enjoyable and a good learning experience so don't stress. Just my 2 cents! 



Thanks for the info. My last ride along was only half a shift so I need to remember this will be a longer ride and apply questions accordingly.

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It sounds like your ride along will be a full shift (8 hours) with the officer so don't flood him/her with all your questions at once. You are welcome to ask the officer questions about police work and LE but keep in mind, the officer is a normal person and have other interests/hobbies outside of police work so try to talk about that to break the monotony. Ride alongs are suppose to be enjoyable and a good learning experience so don't stress. Just my 2 cents! 



Thanks for the info. My last ride along was only half a shift so I need to remember this will be a longer ride and apply questions accordingly.



A full shift! Also apply how much you eat and drink accordingly otherwise you will stopping to pee way too much and WOW have you seen some convenience store bathrooms in case you have to do the other?!?!?!?


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We do like questions, honestly we do. As police we are skeptical about giving free information to strangers that could jeopardize officer safety. Somebody came on here a while ago asking where we keep our backup weapon....not giving that info out. Ask questions more related to your development as a candidate for police service instead of "why do you do this" type of questions. I promise you that you will get sarcastic answers, but you'll also find some valuable information from officers on here. Develop thick skin, enjoy humor, and think before you ask. You'll do just fine. I hope you enjoy your ride along.

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Hmmm, yeah, I'm gonna have to plan for that situation.....do you guys just hold it, make the pit stop, or return to base?


Schultz, yeah, that backup weapon question is sketchy. So how CAN I appeal to a department more, or should I put this in my new "Questions from tomcatphntm" post?

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The most appealing qualifications according to me to get into law enforcement are college, military, strong work history with positive references, volunteer work, reserve policing, stability, financial strength. They are very straight forward, and you can see where you rate in each of the categories. It does not take all of these to get a job, but the more you have the better your chances will be. I have never seen a candidate with all of these qualifications, but if one did exist, I would hire the applicant in an instant.

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As far as the pit stop....I pull up to a remote area and enjoy the scenery and solitude. I then go back to work...

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No need to add to the above comments as the answer(s) have already been given.


As to the screen name "tomcatphantom" and your comment TheSarge was the first person to figure it out in several years....... maybe with those with whom you have been associating.  Most people here have some affiliation with the military, moreover the Navy who flew both and Marines and Air Force who flew the Phantom.  It took me a matter of less than a second to make the connection.  Others probably figured it out just as quick and just didn't mention it whereas TheSarge did. 

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The most appealing qualifications according to me to get into law enforcement are college, military, strong work history with positive references, volunteer work, reserve policing, stability, financial strength. They are very straight forward, and you can see where you rate in each of the categories. It does not take all of these to get a job, but the more you have the better your chances will be. I have never seen a candidate with all of these qualifications, but if one did exist, I would hire the applicant in an instant.



I've heard that prior military receive immediate points added to their entrance exam score. Is this true?


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If a points system is in effect for the hiring process, honorable military is automatically awarded bonus points. It is ten points for our hiring process. It actually made the difference in our last hiring procedure. One candidate scored 84 out of 100, and our military applicant scored 82. He was hired after adding in the military preference points.

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If a points system is in effect for the hiring process, honorable military is automatically awarded bonus points. It is ten points for our hiring process. It actually made the difference in our last hiring procedure. One candidate scored 84 out of 100, and our military applicant scored 82. He was hired after adding in the military preference points.



A slightly frustrating point for one who hasn't had that honor yet, especially when I'm hoping to get into departments in a heavily Navy area.

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schultzy04 says ...



If a points system is in effect for the hiring process, honorable military is automatically awarded bonus points. It is ten points for our hiring process. It actually made the difference in our last hiring procedure. One candidate scored 84 out of 100, and our military applicant scored 82. He was hired after adding in the military preference points.



A slightly frustrating point for one who hasn't had that honor yet, especially when I'm hoping to get into departments in a heavily Navy area.



It's a way to say "thank you" to those that served. While it may be frustrating to you now, it may be a blessing. If you know that military have preferential hiring status, you know you have to make up for it in other areas. A college degree, reserve policing, and good work history ar some things most military personel have not yet had the opportunity to do. They can make up the difference in the points given for military status.

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It's a way to say "thank you" to those that served. While it may be frustrating to you now, it may be a blessing. If you know that military have preferential hiring status, you know you have to make up for it in other areas. A college degree, reserve policing, and good work history ar some things most military personel have not yet had the opportunity to do. They can make up the difference in the points given for military status.



Good point there. I will be graduating college this coming May. Hopefully I am appealing enough to be hired to some of these departments. I just need to make it through everything shining. I don't need to be No.1...I just need to make it in. I also know competition is fierce all around and these "perfect applicants" is what seems to be preferred. Military, college, AND prior LE experience. Not trying to sound negative...just realistic.

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after months of being away i thought i would drop in. this person seems to be an overactive thinker. do what these guys suggest or you will be doomed from the get go. i wont wish you good luck. you need more than luck to be successful in this work.