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    I am 18 years old and strive to be a Police Officer. I am wondering what I can do right now to make my resume look better when I apply. I am up for anything as long as it helps me fulfill my dream.

    I have had only two tickets.

    1. No Seatbelt
    2. 10 MPH over speed limit

    The only thing that I have done wrong in my life is stealing a small amount of candy from where I used to work.

    I have never touched drugs and I have tried alcohol, but I do not drink.

    I plan on getting my Criminal Justice degree.

    What do you think about my chances of getting accepted when I turn 21?
    (I live in a town in Oklahoma with 47000 people in it)

    Also, how can I improve my resume?

  • #2
    brinksta,

    You look pretty good right now, don't worry about those tickets and that candy. Just be honest with the BI Investigator and recruiter!

    1. Stay off of Police Blotters and out of Reports
    2. Continue not to mess with Drugs
    3. Get that Four Year Degree
    4. Get life experience.
    5. Repeat step 1

    Good luck, also volunteer work would also be helpful!!
    "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy"

    Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke
    German Generalfieldmarshall

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FormerUSAF View Post
      brinksta,

      You look pretty good right now, don't worry about those tickets and that candy. Just be honest with the BI Investigator and recruiter!

      1. Stay off of Police Blotters and out of Reports
      2. Continue not to mess with Drugs
      3. Get that Four Year Degree
      4. Get life experience.
      5. Repeat step 1

      Good luck, also volunteer work would also be helpful!!
      If I choose to do volunteer work then how would that be recorded?

      Is it recorded in the social security network just like a paying job, or do you just have to tell BI and they just go by your word?

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      • #4
        Brinksta,

        ROSchwoe is correct, try to get something other than a CJ degree. If you want you can still minor in it. Try a foreign language or IT would work but in the end if you just want to be a local a CJ degree will work. If you want to be a FED Agent later on in your life (before 37) try to diversify yourself.
        "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy"

        Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke
        German Generalfieldmarshall

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        • #5
          Thanks for your input guy's.

          What exactly is the difference between a Major or Minoring in something?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ROSchwoe
            Simply put, you put more hours into a major. The exact number of hours for a major or minor will vary from one university/college to another, but you take more classes for a major, and less for a minor. If the college does not offer the option to do a minor, I'd seriously consider another school (but that's my personal preference).
            The school I am looking at does.

            Thanks for your help.

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            • #7
              I would also contact local police departments and ask if they ever do "ride-a-longs" or have an explorer program. I have gone on some of these when I was 18. It may not help your resume, but I believe anything that you do to show your serious about LE is worth something.
              Good luck
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              Studied my rear off - 1/22/2009 -2/10/2009
              Entrance exam: passed - 2/11/2009
              Recieved T.O. - 2/11/2009
              Oral board exam: passed - 2/17/2009
              Sent paperwork - 2/21/2009
              Fitness test: passed - 3/6/2009
              Drug test: passed - 3/13/2009
              Medical exam: passed - 3/19/2009
              Qualifications: accepted GL5 - 4/2/2009

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              • #8
                Join an Explorer Program!

                That's what I did, and it look EXCELLENT on any type of law enforcement application!!!!! You will also get experience and become WAY ahead of the game!

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                • #9
                  I will do the Explorer program if my department offers it.

                  So when your being hired you just bring up that you were in a Explorer program, or will they already know?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Brinksta View Post
                    So when your being hired you just bring up that you were in a Explorer program, or will they already know?
                    My experience was so long ago, I don't have anything to prove I did it. My fault for sure. I plan to contact my local authority to try to get involved again.
                    Good luck
                    Border Patrol Timeline
                    Studied my rear off - 1/22/2009 -2/10/2009
                    Entrance exam: passed - 2/11/2009
                    Recieved T.O. - 2/11/2009
                    Oral board exam: passed - 2/17/2009
                    Sent paperwork - 2/21/2009
                    Fitness test: passed - 3/6/2009
                    Drug test: passed - 3/13/2009
                    Medical exam: passed - 3/19/2009
                    Qualifications: accepted GL5 - 4/2/2009

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                    • #11
                      I put it on my job application under my job history. Plus, I bring it up in interviews that I know what the job entails because of my experiences as an Explorer.

                      In my opinion, other than a education, nothing prepares you for a career in law enforcement than becoming an explorer!

                      PM me if you want further info. on the Explorer program.

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