How is the hiring process for a police officer?
If your dream job is to become a law enforcement officer then you should prepare yourself for completing something more than an application and an interview. Agencies run a series of tests and exams in order to narrow the number of police officer candidates to those who are most qualified. Then they will hire the best of the shortlisted candidates.
What are the challenges of being a police officer?
As a police officer, you will often find yourself in difficult, uncomfortable, and unpleasant situations. Sometimes, these situations can be life-threatening. It is important that potential candidates understand that sacrifice is necessary and that there will be hard days ahead.
What kind of training does it take to become a cop?
There are plenty of Hollywood movies out there that detail the rigorous physical training involved in becoming a cop. You might even be able to picture the obstacle courses, shooting ranges and tactical scenario training rooms.
What kind of promotions can you get as a police officer?
Promotions available to police officers include captain, lieutenant, detective, and many others. The BLS also notes that police officers can receive new vocational opportunities at the federal level.
What should police officers do for community engagement?
If your officers don’t regularly get involved in these types of activities, you might want to take a hard look at why, then take steps to encourage them to practice community engagement—not just “hook and book.”
What causes a police officer to become complacent?
Many factors can negatively affect productivity and cause officers to become complacent, doing the bare minimum necessary.
How to improve police hiring practices in Colorado?
While there are many ways to approach this issue, I recommend starting with a foundational overview. My recommendation is based in part on Colorado HB16-1262, which is aimed at trying to improve police officer hiring.
What’s the best way to hire a police officer?
As an example, if you periodically say, “He/she is a good cop but…,” chances are, you should take a deeper look at that employee! A great place to start is with the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The report notes the connection between police officer diversity and community trust.