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 Hello all,


I've been looking for departments that are hiring, testing soon, accepting apps, etc. for a while now in Central Illinois(where I'm moving to).  So far, I've been looking on google maps for cities around my target area, finding the phone number of their police department, and basically just calling them and asking if they are accepting apps.  My problem is that some say yes, some say not until next year, and some say they are accepting applications but they are not actually hiring.


Does anyone know of a better or more efficient way of doing this or know of a good way I can find departments that are actually doing their testing process soon?

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No. Keep making phone calls.

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 I would apply even though they are not hiring, to those that said they will not hire until next year, i would try again and again, check their websites regularly and call Human Resources to find out, don't give up!

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 While phone calls may be easy, if you want to make an impression and let the departments know you're serious, go to each and ask to see the recruiter.  Also check out the various police web sites that advertise job openings.


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I concur with darsavmo on his comments. Another piece of advice I wish to offer is when/if you make application keep follow up calls to a minimum. If you become a pest you may be over looked as personnel speak to one another. Keep in mind they constantly field calls and inquires from others. At times large volumes. If they advise you to sit tight follow their advice.

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Another thing about going to see the recruiters is to "dress to impress" even to just inquire or pick-up/drop-off an application.  While you may not need to wear your Sunday best, business casual at a minimum should be worn.  When I was a recruiter I had applicants enter my office wearing jeans w/ holes in them, shorts and sandals.  Needless to say I wasn't impressed and their applications went into a drawer to nowhere.  You also need to bathe and shave as recruiters do not want to have or smell Manson wannabes in front of them.  If you are lucky especially at smaller departments, you may run into the Chief or other high ranking person who may take note of your appearance and demeanor and your application may move to the top of the stack.  Remember, "First Impressions" can only be made once, and your 1st meeting w/ a recruiter is just as important as your final interview w/ the Chief.  Don't screw either up!


And as uncledennis1 has stated, do make follow-up calls, but do not become a thorn in the recruiters side.  Again, when I was a recruiter I appreciated that applicants would maintain interest and I would even annotate their calls on their applications/resumes, but if they relentlessly called day after day, their application may end in that drawer to nowhere...


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You can try lawenforcementjobs.com


My own personal position on locating a position with an agency has shifted a bit. It seemed always best to call an agency's H/R, Recruiter or Personnel Office to inquire. This still may be appropriate in a lot of cases.


After working in the police academies for 12 years I have seen a lot of methods of finding and landing a job. Again, phone calls, going to a recruiting offices, going to City Hall or County Offices, calling in a favor from an officer-friend from within a certain agency, doing ride-alongs with officers at agencies where you want to work, filling in interest cards and/or simply knocking on the door of an agency and asking about police hiring opportunities may still apply in some places.


New hiring integration: The online application. This is not new but it is becoming more of the norm. Online applications are in lieu of actually taking to people .. because those people contact positions have been thinned out due to budgets. So, the new normal is to get onlline and apply. THEN, hook up with the department for the ever popular ride-along. Don't be surprised if an agency does not offer ride-alongs at this time.


I have read the online applications for some agencies. Within the website announcements are a one liner that says 'Do not attach a resume to this application'. Again, this is becoming more of the normal way a county or city is accepting job applications.


Note: When you are applying for a police or deputy position, remember you are applying for a city or county job. A police department or sheriff's department is not a stand alone business. A PD or S/O is a 'department' among many: Parks Dept, Street Dept. City or County offices, City or County Works, etc. So getting hired is not like dropping into your local business and picking up an application. You go to the main offices of the city or county to start there. That is where an online application is (on the face of it) more efficient.


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