Saturday, July 18, 2015

Back Door Jobs

Sometimes getting hired by a police agency can take as long as three years or more.  Many agencies don't have money to hire, they don't have a large applicant pool and it takes a while to work through them or other reasons they are slow.  What can you do in the meantime?

Most police work for agencies that have non-sworn employees and volunteers.  If you are young, you may qualify as an Explorer Scout.  Many agencies have Explorers, they don't get paid, but they learn a lot about the agency and police work in general. 

It makes the oral interview easier if you have worked there for a couple years already.  Other jobs include jailor, who handles prisoners and works inside the jail.  Police support jobs, like records clerk, CSI, report taker, dispatcher, and parking control are often a good job in their own right, but it can be easier to get these jobs than a sworn police officer.  They also make it easier to get hired as a police officer.  Many agencies give preference to existing employees before they hire from outside the agency; that's what the SGT Says.

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