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  • #16
    Thanks to everyone for your great replies!

    Several years ago I worked as an security guard (unarmed) in downtown Minneapolis. A couple nights a week we had a Minneapolis Officer moonlighting/working with us. It was a good opportunity to work with the police, talk to the officers about policing, and seeing what they do. Some of my duties included things that are kindof similar to LE work (working with dk people, writing reports, etc). Not sure if this is what you would consider to be "respectable". Based on reading other posts, I was under the impression that private security work did not necessarily give you much advantage in the LE hiring process. Perhaps it will help in getting a reserve or CSO position...

    I am probably best served seeking a reserve position in the short term. Between work and school I am putting in about 13-14 hours a day right now. Most of the CSO positions I have seen posted are full time...

    My current job is not really what I thought it would be when I was training for it. I feel like I know more about policing now than I knew about the IT field going into it. I do not think that the various TV shows out there are an accurate depiction of police work.

    I understand the LE job market is pretty tight in this area. How many of you know people who have moved to other areas to find LE work? I noticed MN POST has a job listing on their site for the city of Las Vegas. On the other hand I was told that there is an unofficial policy at CCJLE to not permit recruiters from non-MN agencies on their grounds...

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    • #17
      Private security work when applying to a sworn position in this state will not be as beneficial as having a Reserve or CSO bullet on your resume. Your current security job can be helpful though in showing work experience to get the Reserve or CSO position.

      If you are strongly consider applying to sworn positions in the future, I would highly suggest that you look into CSO/Park Agent positions. If hired, I would take the position in a heartbeat as it will give you the skills, knowledge, and a foundation to build into your sworn position. It will offer you several advantages as we have spoken of on this board.

      I feel your plight. I was full-time school with two paid positions with police departments and also a reserve on the side with another department. It was a lot of work, and it paid off in the end as I am now employed by the department that I have always had my eye on. Some, if not all, of the departments hiring CSO's do realize that some applicants are currently in school/college. Again *most* departments that I applied with, and the ones I worked for, were very flexible in making sure that I could complete my degree while also working at that agency. If they want you as a CSO, they can make it work. If they are looking for someone who can work full-time, the worst that can happen is they say "no thanks" due to the fact that you wouldn't be as available as the person who was hired. One of the best experiences out of applying for all those CSO positions was I really understood the interviewing process and how to conduct myself in these interviews. Even though I was turned down often, it helped me prepare for my very first interview for a sworn position in which I was subsequently hired.

      TV/Media has never and will never accurately depict police work. The closest I would say to it is COPS, but that is still on the other side of the chart.

      When I graduated from the U of M, I moved to Wisconsin for my first sworn position. I know others who have moved as well, one good budy of mine with LAPD now. As for LVMPD, the testing was in Winona, not CCJLE.

      K9

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      • #18
        Originally posted by K9 Police
        TV/Media has never and will never accurately depict police work. The closest I would say to it is COPS, but that is still on the other side of the chart.
        Crap, the media misrepresents what something is like?

        I can't shoot people and be back to work 5 minutes later having my union mandated coffee break w/donuts?

        I quit.



        To give you some idea of what the cops crews do.

        They were in my previous jurisdiction for a total of 3 months. I think they got a whopping 5-6 segments out of it. (that is 5-6 that they could use, the department would nix any footage that they did not like)

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        • #19
          Originally posted by 40cal
          Crap, the media misrepresents what something is like?

          I can't shoot people and be back to work 5 minutes later having my union mandated coffee break w/donuts?

          I quit.

          All fun and games - no paperwork or boredom!

          K9

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          • #20
            I've been a CSO for a west metro Sheriff's Dept. for about 6 months now. It is a great experience! Like reserve units, each CSO gig can be very different. We patrol parks and can write citations for ordinances and some state statues (like parking violations, as an example.) We also respond to all medicals if we are in the area.

            So you get a lot of radio experience, hand's on responding to calls (no code 3 for us), and get to experience a lot of things. Just read job descriptions carefully and ask a lot of questions. I know of one west metro dept. who will be hiring a CSO and all that job will be is doing office work like filing and stuff like that.

            It is very competitive, I went up against 100 applicants for my job.

            Edited to add: I am also done with skills and am sort of in a holding pattern waiting to apply for a sworn position. Just know that being a CSO is not always a guarantee you'll get on with that dept.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by 40cal
              I can't shoot people and be back to work 5 minutes later...
              I see now why your called 40cal.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by computergeek
                I see now why your called 40cal.

                I should point out that I'm not 40cal by choice....45's rock, but the state does not feel the same way as me.

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