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  • Originally posted by equinox137
    No offense 1798, but I get the impression that they're looking for perfumed princes though. That's kind of why I've never bothered too much with them.
    No they're not. They (we) are just looking for honest individuals. Background investigations are hard. If you have done things in your past, put them in your past. Come forward and be honest about the things you have done. If you show that you have made mistakes in the past, and have learned from those mistakes, and moved on, they don't have a problem. It is the part that people try to conceal a job they got fired at, or a charge of theft, or any other less than desireable moment of "head up the butt" syndrome....I am far from a "perfumed prince", yet, I was honest and told my backgrounds investigator and polygraph examiner the truth. That's it.
    I don't know why you wouldn't bother with the process, OPD is a good dept.
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    Just don't expect me to agree with yours...

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    • Yeah, maybe that was a bit harsh... If I offended any OPD officers, please accept my apologies.

      It's just seems unbelieveable that out of 3,000 people that show up on testing days, they can't come up with 30-40 viable people to put in the street. Out of 3,000 people, there are that many that can't pass a BI? If that's true, all I can say is WOW. . . I've got skeltons, but it would be useless to try to hide that from OPD, because they're the ones I dealt with . . .
      "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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      • Here is the thing in regards to the applicants, and by the way, there were only 1400 applicants when I got hired, and they hired 78 for two classes off the list. The list is only good for 1 year, then they have to retest.
        Recent arrests, DV, DUI, assault, etc. can be a disqualifier. Most are simple misdemeanors, and people don't do jail time. Then you add in the fact that a lot of people APPLY and don't even go to the test....for example, people who are unemployed will generally have to fill out a number of applications to keep their unemployment checks coming. Then you have the people that show up smelling like weed and/or alcohol. Then you get the people that pass the test but are only looking to get hired to have the power of a cop.... People can't pass the physical test, and don't have the mentality to become a police officer. Then backgrounds comes. People lie to the polygraph examiner about little things, and that shows dishonesty. That is one thing at this point, that might get you disqualified.
        This is where most of the remaining are weeded out. If you pass backgrounds, you are almost assured a job as long as you can pass the psych,TABE, etc.
        There are almost 350 people going into backgrounds.....at most, 80 will be hired....it is an extensive process, but still you have morons that get hired. Then the academy weeds them out. We had one guy that just had no clue. We were told we work a 4 on 2 off schedule, he asked what happens on the seventh day......so that explains a little. Hope this helps you understand that there are a lot of people that want to work for OPD, that don't have good intentions. 99% of OPD are good cops and good people, but they are human and make mistakes. They don't want the 1% to get any bigger. I have heard of gang members applying for OPD. Hmmmm.
        Any questions, let me know.
        Brian
        "All statements made shall be protected by the First Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution in which I have sworn an oath to protect."

        Just don't expect me to agree with yours...

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        • Originally posted by 1798
          There are almost 350 people going into backgrounds.....at most, 80 will be hired....it is an extensive process
          Brian
          Is it unheard of them to not get a full class out of the yearly recruiting? just because the way I read it, only 344 of us are on the next stage, and not all of us are having backgrounds done yet....so perhaps there is still a shot for some of us with less than stellar test scores. On another note, has anyone taken the MAPA test and Omaha's? I passed OPD agility test with no problems, but MAPA's seems a little different. I figure since it is shorter, I shouldn't have a problem. Still really hoping for Omaha, but you have to have a backup plan right?

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          • I have, Iowa. What do you want to know?
            "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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            • Brian, I hear from my current Captain that OPD officers can only make arrests with the approval of their supervising Sgt. Is that true? If so, that's gotta suck.
              "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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              • I've never heard anything like that, but don't hold me on that...
                -2Adam29... 10-8. Code-7

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                • I once heard "permission" was only needed to make a physical arrest of a misdemeanor charge. Felonies are a no brainer. The reason behind this is the limited space at Bedrock and Corrections. Maybe wrong.

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                  • Well.....I don't want to get into the big political debate and other reasons, but on paper, yes that is true. However, Smith is correct to an extent too.
                    Felony, DV, CCW, are all mandatory booking. OPD jail is asking for supervisors approval, so you still have to notify you Sgt. But, most Sgts. are good, and know what is going on, so they okay it verbally. Some Sgts. who trust their officers tell them to book when they see a need...if it is questionable, let them know and they will make the decision. Per SOP, you need a Sgt. approval to book misdemeanors, so nothing has changed, within reason. Even with warrants, we still have to have Sgts. serial number to book....you book a lot of people, you memorize your Sgts. number....that's all I'm gonna say about that......
                    The whole reason this came about is so officers don't book someone after they had a less then pleasant experience with them.....I think most officers can make a decision professionally and rule out emotion, but upper command doesn't think so....WhAtEvEr!


                    Iowa...they will get two basic classes and a lateral class from the 344 people left....due to space, they can only have 40 people in a class....max. There isn't enough space to do that many, but they manage.
                    MAPA physical agility test is a joke....still surprises me that people fail it....you gotta be able to jump a 6' fence....don't know why, but okay...if you passed OPD's, you will be fine....I jogged the whole thing when I did it....just pass/fail....it's too easy to try so hard.....
                    Last edited by 1798; 11-28-2006, 06:12 AM.
                    "All statements made shall be protected by the First Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution in which I have sworn an oath to protect."

                    Just don't expect me to agree with yours...

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                    • 1798 you can correct me if I am wrong but rumor has that there will only be a lateral class if the annexation of Elkhorn goes through. As of now it is my impression that that will not happen, at least not prior to February when the class is planned.
                      Success is easy. It means getting up one more time than you fall. -Ben Franklin

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                      • That is how I understand it.....but, hard to tell what's going to happen....two basic classes would be a good start anyway...
                        "All statements made shall be protected by the First Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution in which I have sworn an oath to protect."

                        Just don't expect me to agree with yours...

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                        • Originally posted by ppd453
                          1798 you can correct me if I am wrong but rumor has that there will only be a lateral class if the annexation of Elkhorn goes through. As of now it is my impression that that will not happen, at least not prior to February when the class is planned.
                          Do you think that Elkhorn would hire out of the MAPA pool then? I wonder if they expect to get annexed, why pay the cost of new recruits?

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                          • Has anybody been called for interviews or anything like that yet?

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