Thursday, July 9, 2015

Getting Hired

If you want to be a cop, don't commit crimes.  It seems intuitive, but some people look on some petty crimes as "no big deal" and they disqualify themselves by doing these minor offenses.  If you have had an arrest as a juvenile, contact your attorney and see if your record can be sealed or expunged. 

If you have had convictions as an adult, make sure you don't commit any more crimes.  A minor offense might be overlooked if it was very minor, you did not do it again, you have a reasonable explanation, and it's been a long time since you did it.

If you have some minor offenses, you may have to take a "second tier" agency.  Some departments don't pay very much, or have poor working conditions.  Often it's hard for them to hire people so they may be willing to take someone who has a less than perfect record.  Ask around about such agencies, most officers will know one or two in your area; that's what the SGT Says.

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