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  • #46
    Any insight how the interview is set up?
    Sometimes there's justice...sometimes there's just us.

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    • #47
      What is wrong with DPD? Why the mass exodus?

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      • #48
        There are several reasons .the department is one of the lowest paid in the metroplex. Pay steps were frozen for several years and there were furlough days and pay cuts for a few years with a year of no overtime. Officers never recovered from this and are still way behind.
        the command Staff does not back their officers and will often cave to public opinion.
        and the biggest reason is the city is trying to destroy the current pension program and have retirees give money back that they earned after years of service. The city wants full control of it and wants to slash benefits considerably.
        Officers have left in droves and the department is dangerously short on the street.
        you really need to know these things before you apply.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Cameron T View Post

          Yes, just waiting and it's killing me Lol. The oral Bord was tough, but the panel was very professional so I was put at ease pretty quick. The poly was very thorough I'll tell you that much. Just try and check your anxiety @ the door and tell the truth. I'm a runner so I just found a spot on the wall and imagined on I was on a nice, moderate paced run on a pretty 75 degree spring day Lol...it seemed to help. Best of luck to you.
          As well, how long did you stay for testing on Sunday?

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Fox411 View Post

            As well, how long did you stay for testing on Sunday?
            I only live 2.5 hours away so I didn't do the out of town 4 day testing. I'm not sure if they do the poly and oral the same day or not, but either way plan on it being an all day affair. I was there @ 0700 hrs for the poly and didn't actually get strapped up until around 1530 or so.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Fox411 View Post

              As well, how long did you stay for testing on Sunday?
              there wasnt any testing done on sunday. the written and poly were the same day for me (friday)..then the next day was my oral board (saturday). sunday was my day to fly back home.
              Sometimes there's justice...sometimes there's just us.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Cameron T View Post

                I only live 2.5 hours away so I didn't do the out of town 4 day testing. I'm not sure if they do the poly and oral the same day or not, but either way plan on it being an all day affair. I was there @ 0700 hrs for the poly and didn't actually get strapped up until around 1530 or so.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by Cameron T View Post

                  I only live 2.5 hours away so I didn't do the out of town 4 day testing. I'm not sure if they do the poly and oral the same day or not, but either way plan on it being an all day affair. I was there @ 0700 hrs for the poly and didn't actually get strapped up until around 1530 or so.
                  Hey CameronT, just PMed you with maybe so useful information.

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                  • #54
                    Anyone heard anything?

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                    • #55
                      Not I. I still need to send docs to the address they gave us
                      Sometimes there's justice...sometimes there's just us.

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by ky19lw View Post
                        Anyone heard anything?
                        When did you take your written? I tested in October and still waiting. Should be hearing something very soon from what I hear.

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                        • #57
                          This may be the wrong place but is there a recruiter for DPD on here ? I would like to ask some questions.
                          Looking for a life not a job

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                          • #58
                            So, everyone has their own experiences, so do with this information what you will, but I just want to make sure that guys (especially vets) who are flying from out of state are aware of how Dallas PD does business.

                            I recently applied to DPD, and a few other agencies in Texas. I knew that Dallas was hurting for bodies and I have always loved the area. I filled out the initial application and had numerous phone calls with recruiters. When I was a senior in high school (18 years old), I got into a little trouble that ended up with me being convicted of two Class B misdemeanors (trespassing and receiving stolen property). This was 14 years ago, as a high schooler. Since then I have done 13 years in the military, with 7 as a infantryman in the 82nd Airborne, and another 6 with various units within the Special Operations Command. I have had a Top Secret clearance for the last decade. I have a Bachelors degree, speak Spanish, and am a Nationally Registered Paramedic (one of my jobs was Special Operations Combat Medic). I was the Special Operations Medic of the Year for all of the Army Special Operations Command, and was the Soldier of the Year for different units several times while in the 82nd Airborne. I am not saying any of these to brag or sound like a walk on water, just to give you an idea of what my packet looked like when I applied.

                            Because I have had issues with people asking about those two Class B's from 14 years ago before, I listed it on my initial app, and explained it in as much detail as possible. I then called the recruiting department to line up my four day testing, went through a preliminary phone interview, where I stressed the charges again, as a "I don't want to waste your time or mine" type deal. Two different recruiters assured me that I was fine, two Class B's from well over 10 years ago was fine. We discussed the details of the case, we even talked about how it carries over to the Texas penal code (charges were from VA). After assuring everything was fine, I bought my plane ticket, hotel room, and rental car (to scout out the city and neighborhoods while I was there).

                            I show up for the very first morning of the 4 day process, and we begin with filling out a lot more of the same information we have submitted twice already, and having a one-on-one session with a member of the Personnel Division to make sure all of our paperwork is in order. The first SGT that checked my stuff saw the court dispositions I had brought (as required), asked me about it, went and checked with a binder on another desk ( I am assuming to cross reference the VA penal code with the Texas), returned to me, and said it was not an issue, just a couple Class B's way back from high school. I then fill out some more paperwork, get checked again, explain the court documents again, and am told it is no issue. They notarize all my forms and put me in another line.

                            I was randomly selected to go to the pre-polygraph group first, so I go into another room full of other applicants, and get the standard pre-polygraph book that asks if you have committed just about every crime that exists. I fill it all out and answer truthfully, again, writing out everything and explaining it again. A CPL comes over and checks it out, he reads over it, walks out of the room where a SGT is standing, they read over it, and he returns. He tells me he needs more detail. I explain that all of the information, including court documents are right up stairs in my packet if we just want to go look at it (why the guys running the pre-poly are not even looking at our packets didn't make a ton of sense to me). He says no, just write as much as I can. I do, until I basically tell him that is all there is to write, it wasn't the crime of the century, just some dumb high school kids. He goes back out and the SGT looks over it. The CPL returns and tells me to grab my belongings and follow him. I am thinking "Great, we are finally going to go get my packet so they can see that everything checks out". Nope.

                            As soon as I am in the hallway, I am ushered through a set of doors, the CPL rolls my paper up and says "You are being disqualified from the process due to what you confessed in there."

                            I am more shell shocked than upset initially. "Excuse me?" I ask. "What are you talking about"?

                            "My sergeant said you are DQ'd for what you just confessed"

                            "Just confessed? I didn't confess anything... I told you about the exact charges that are listed on my initial application, that are sitting in my packet upstairs, that have been checked off on twice already by Detectives."

                            "Sorry, you have to leave. You are done".

                            At this point he tries to usher me down the hallway. I am trying my hardest to stay calm, despite the super condescending tone he has taken.

                            "Just hold on. May I please speak with the SGT at least who made the decision?"

                            "No."

                            "No? I can't even talk to him?"

                            "No, please come with me."

                            "Is there a Detective or maybe even the Lt I can talk to?"

                            "Nope."

                            "Look, I just spent over a thousand bucks flying out here for this, because I was assured by you guys that it was a "non-issue". These are 14 year old Class B charges. Are Class B's outside of 10 years a disqualifier? The website and personnel says they are not."

                            "Look, I don't know. SGT said. Please come upstairs with me."

                            At this point I am furious, not just at the waste of money, but how much of a brush off I am getting. We go upstairs and he gets my packet out of the stack, thumbs through all my paperwork, gives me back originals, and then closes the file. I ask why they are keeping all of my documents if they don't want me to continue. He says just because that's what they do. One last time, I try to appeal to some level of common sense. I am aware that I look like a 22 year old kid (I'm actually 32) and maybe he just thinks I am some punk who was only in high school a few years ago (although I clearly listed the dates...2003 on every piece of paper that I had submitted, including the poly booklet he was holding).

                            "Look, I'm not tooting my own horn here, but I am in the Reserves now, but just did 13 years active duty, half in Special Operations. I still have my Top Secret clearance. What do you think you guys are going to find on my in my BI if I have a current TS clearance? I have been completely honest about everything.....you guys knew about these old *** Class B's from 14 years ago since the first piece of paperwork I submitted. There has got to be someone else we can sit down with to try to hash this out."

                            "Nope, not how it works."

                            Then he escorts me downstairs to the exit door. Now this is the main HQ for Dallas PD, anyone can come in and out, to check on relatives, crime, file a complaint, etc., but I am being escorted out like I am some criminal or terrorist.

                            I sit outside for about twenty minutes, cooling off, and thinking if there is any possible way I could get back in to try to speak with anyone else. I realize that the LE world is probably pretty small, and I wouldn't want any future Texas application to be jeopardized if I made a scene there, so I bit my lip, and drove away. I am trying to find the appropriate POC within the department to send a formal complaint to about the process and way I was treated.

                            I was not, and am not, asking for special treatment, but based off their own website, recruiters, and personnel people, to be pulled out and treated like a criminal, escorted out of the department, after 13 years of exceptional military service, with zero chance to even speak to anyone about the rank of CPL really ****es me off. Not only that, but they miss out on someone with tons of experience and advanced skill sets who has a true desire to serve, based solely on one SGTs decision, with him never even glancing at my packet or any legal documents regarding the incident.

                            I have tons of buddies here at Bragg that are looking at large PDs in Texas, and several more in the VA Beach and Camp Lejune area. I am going out of my way to tell everyone of them, and to spread the word in Special Operations, to not even waste your time with Dallas PD, because they will treat you with the same level of professionalism and respect as they do the 21 year old punk sitting next to you confessing to selling and transporting drugs 5 times in the last year (at least they kicked her out too....)

                            And Dallas PD officers or recruiters on here that want to chime in, feel free.
                            Last edited by _JohnnyUtah; 02-20-2017, 07:43 PM.
                            War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. - John Stuart Mill

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                            • #59
                              _JohnnyUtah, that is unfortunate to hear. I am also an out of state applicant (New York). I haven't flown to Dallas, but reading your story and hearing stories from a few veteran brothers of mine who have attempted the process discourages me from spending my money and redirect it to other departments. After being stationed at Hood, i am looking very much to move back to Texas if offered an opportunity by one of the departments after finishing up my Bachelors in May. The LE situation here is pretty slim outside of the NYPD. I am looking at San Antonio, Houston, and Mesquite for now. Either way, with your packet, a Texas department is sure to pick you up.
                              Last edited by xSpasticx; 02-20-2017, 08:44 PM.

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by xSpasticx View Post
                                _JohnnyUtah, that is unfortunate to hear. I am also an out of state applicant (New York). I haven't flown to Dallas, but reading your story and hearing stories from a few veteran brothers of mine who have attempted the process discourages me from spending my money and redirect it to other departments. After being stationed at Hood, i am looking very much to move back to Texas if offered an opportunity by one of the departments after finishing up my Bachelors in May. The LE situation here is pretty slim outside of the NYPD. I am looking at San Antonio, Houston, and Mesquite for now. Either way, with your packet, a Texas department is sure to pick you up.
                                To be completely honest, I made contact with a few senior officers in Dallas PD through mutual connections, and they all told me I should look elsewhere, that if they were in my shoes, they wouldn't join their own department. They recommended Arlington (if you have a degree) and Plano (if you have a year to wait), or even Ft Worth if you are deadset on a big department.

                                Everyone always recommends DPS (Texas State Police) pretty highly, but you will be doing a minimum of 4 years working the highways as a Trooper before you can apply for anything in investigations.
                                War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. - John Stuart Mill

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