When completing an application the first thing to do is the carefully read the application so you can fill it out in conformance to their requests. Some want the application filled out on line, or typed, others want it to be hand written and some will want only black or blue ink. Some applications will want you to use all capitals and others will want upper and lower case lettering. If there is no guidance, then use upper and lower case lettering and fill the application out on line, if possible. If not, print out the application and type it. Have it done by a professional typist if you don’t type well.
Before you actually start, make a copy of the application, and use the copy as a draft copy. Fill out the draft copy and carefully proof read it. Once it is perfect and complete then use the draft copy information to prepare the final copy. Make sure to sign your full legal signature in black ink.
Fill out the final copy and have someone else proof read that copy. The final copy should be complete, with every space filled in and every bit of data requested on the document. Spelling is important so make sure every word is spelled properly. Keep a copy of the application on file so you have all the information for the next time. Most police applications are similar so it will make it easier next time. It will also make the information the same each time. The application is your first contact with the agency and you and you want to make a good impression; that’s what the SGT Says.