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    Hello! They called me! They called me! I can't believe it!

    I have an interview scheduled for next Thursday for Detective at a Sheriff's office nearby.

    If anyone could reply with some good, quality questions I should ask them during the interview I would be much obliged. I do not want to ask the wrong question in a politically charged atmosphere, however I am not completely sure what issues I need to bring up as this would be my first position in a Law Enforcement role. I am a former 82nd Airborne Division Jag specialist so I do have indepth knowledge of the legal process, civilian and military.

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    D. Maul

    p.s. if it helps this is a rural community with a meth lab problem so I am assuming the more I know about meth the better off I will be.

  • #2
    You're interviewing for a Detective position before patrol Deputy?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JKooL
      You're interviewing for a Detective position before patrol Deputy?
      My first thought exactly.. Hey Darth, were not busting on you {not yet, some people will} but is it a non-sworn position with the sheriffs or are you already a deputy and took a test for promotion?? Were just alittle curious bunch out here in O.com land..
      Good luck
      I got nothing for now

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      • #4
        I've heard of this in very small departments. In fact, a friend got hired by a SO in NC as a detective before working there as a deputy, he had been a local cop before getting hired. There is also a department in WI that is currently hiring for Detectives. They are requiring patrol experience with another agency before you can be considered though.
        Nobody ever wants to have to fight, but its a darn good idea for someone to know how.

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        • #5
          Actually yes, it is very unusual. I have looked into this as much as I can and it has no requirement for being patrol first and it seems they are looking for someone entry-level into the slot the way the ad was written: "Applicant must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, North Carolina Driver's License or be able to obtain such after employment, North Carolina BLET Certification is preferred, experience as a Criminal Investigator is preferred but is not a requirement."

          It was evident in my application and resume that I have not worked as Patrol before, so maybe they already have someone picked for the job and I am just filling in their requirement of interviewing someone for a position that does not really exist, since without patrol experience I probably am the least qualified applicant. This is a very, very small town with a tiny pool of applicants I am sure, so maybe I lucked out too. Hard to tell, but I would like to make a good impression nevertheless.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by darth_maul
            Actually yes, it is very unusual. I have looked into this as much as I can and it has no requirement for being patrol first and it seems they are looking for someone entry-level into the slot the way the ad was written: "Applicant must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, North Carolina Driver's License or be able to obtain such after employment, North Carolina BLET Certification is preferred, experience as a Criminal Investigator is preferred but is not a requirement."

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            No offense darth but the average Burger King employee could meet those "standards".

            Why do they advert for entry level guys from outside? Doesn't make sense to me....
            Disclaimer: The writer does not represent any organization, employer, entity or other individual. The first amendment protected views/commentary/opinions/satire expressed are those only of the writer. In the case of a sarcastic, facetious, nonsensical, stirring-the-pot, controversial or devil's advocate-type post, the views expressed may not even reflect those of the writer.

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            • #7
              Well thanks for your "input". lol

              I am actually thinking of not going to the interview at this point. I am not sure I have the time to waste for a job that is probably already filled. I have been beating it around my head and going down to a $30K a year job from a $100K a year job that I hate and am extremely bored with just might just be too big of a risk, satisfaction-wise. I could probably scrape by but I will think about it, I got a few days. I just HATE the job I am in, pay cuts galore, dwindling profits, 80 hours a week of sitting at this computer waiting to die. Of course maybe that is better than government bureacracy and dealing with scumbags day in and day out. Thanks I guess for all of your insight.

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              • #8
                I'm in the same boat, trying to leave 'Corporate America' to get into LE.
                You'll have to make that choice for yourself, but to me (and I'm in the same boat, I hate my job, though it pays very well; see myself dying of a heart attach sitting behind a computer all day if I don't get out now), I would definitely go.
                You can always opt to not accept later, at least you'll know you tried.

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