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  • PD825
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    Contact human resources about that, they would be best at answering that. I can't say for certain.

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  • waltersjt
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    Just out of curiosity, does Chesterfield have any policy about having to wait a certain amount of time before you can reapply?

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  • waltersjt
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    Thank you guys for all the encouragement. And thank you 825 for clearing that up. It's pretty obvious I'm still pretty new to all this. And its frustrating, but I definitely won't give up. And hearing that Chesterfield is still in need of officers is good to know, since they're my number one choice. I'll definitely be reapplying and continue looking around for different agencies. Thank you guys again!

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  • PD825
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    In this line of work, many apply and few get selected. Its the nature of the beast. But as Dutch said, good news by phone and bad new by mail. Once you've been declined, another applicant hits your BI's desk. The likely hood of getting an email from your BI after the "thanks but no thanks" letter, is slim because they are just too busy. I know you might be confused and want a little clarification but an agency will rarely ever tell you what you were declined for. Like Dutch said though, keep applying, always. Unless you were disqualified and told not to apply again, you have the ability to be hired, you just weren't selected this time due to other "more" qualified applicants. That being said, Chesterfield is hurting for officers, so apply apply apply until they tell you not to and don't get yourself down.

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  • VA Dutch
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    P.S. I worked for a sheriff's office as a deputy. Great agency; but things can be kind of 'political' -- much more so than with a police department. Had I access to a time machine, I would have taken the job with the police department instead of the sheriff's office. I don't really have any regrets other than that - and as a 'civilian' in another line of work, I ended up doing okay.

    Hang in there and KEEP APPLYING to other agencies. If you got turned down by Chesterfield, consider Henrico County, Richmond City or even Petersburg to the south. North of Richmond, Hanover County (a full-service sheriff's office), the Town of Ashland and Fredericksburg City probably need people. Caroline, Stafford and Spotsylvania all have sheriff's offices - and are in growing areas. Give them a shot, too.

    GOOD LUCK!!

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  • VA Dutch
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    Bad news always arrives by mail, while good news comes by phone. I think it has been that way almost forever. I have been there and done that -- and that rejection cuts right to the bone. I tried three departments and got the "thanks but no thanks" letter from each of them.....and basically gave up.

    Several years later, I applied with two other agencies - neither of which I had considered when I was younger. I went through the process all over again (from application to polygraph & psych interview) and it was just as intimidating as before. Both offered me a job (one was a police department and the other was a sheriff's office) and I was hired about six months after my initial application.

    Not much had changed about my life, save for being older and wiser -- but my credit was kind of 'iffy' when I was younger. I believe that - and having two traffic tickets on my record - hurt my chances the first time. I was not behind in any payments, but did have a lot of debt back then. Any little thing can deep-six you and my advice is to apply again to the same agency AND put in applications with a few others. Consider an agency in another town that might have a lot of vacancies.

    Use the shotgun approach and NEVER GIVE UP!!

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  • waltersjt
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    Well I got that nasty letter in the mail. I thought my panel went pretty well, but I know that's how the game goes sometimes. It was just weird because it wasn't even two weeks before I received it, which seemed a little early. Also I e-mailed my BI just to thank him for everything and just asked what I should've done differently or maybe if there was anything I could improve on and he's always gotten back to me within 24 hours, but I haven't heard anything from him in over a week. I'm not trying to nag or anything because I know that's how things go sometimes, but it just all seems a little strange. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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  • waltersjt
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    Just got the call about my panel interview scheduled for Aug. 14. Any tips? Or anyone know what some common questions are?

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  • waltersjt
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    Alright copy that.

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  • PD825
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    Send me a PM when you find out who you're riding with Walt.

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  • waltersjt
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    Yeah I did. It wasn't much of an interview I'd say. Just catching up and seeing if anything needed to be updated in my file. He also went over some things about the dept like benefits and things like that. He was here not even 15 min so it wasn't too bad. He said the next step was to do a ride along and I mailed the ride along packet back. I got it in the mail the same day as the home visit. Good timing I'd say. And he had called me because he needed to talk to me about something, I'm assuming about the ride along. I know most of this process is waiting, but it's starting to kill me! lol

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  • Hyperion180
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    waltersjt: Have you had your home interview yet?

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  • waltersjt
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    I didn't grow up in this neighborhood, so the neighbors don't know me that well. And both of my parents are going to be at work. My BI just said it was going to be a quick catch up on my status and he was going to tell me some of the benefits of the department. I didn't know what exactly that meant. I guess just to see how every things going with the process? Is he going to want to go talk to any neighbors?

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  • PD825
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    The will come out and speak with neighbors and your parent(s). It just gives them an idea of how and where you grew up and a chance to get to know who you are through people that have watched you grow up. It doesn't take terribly long I don't think.

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  • waltersjt
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    Got an e-mail from my BI today about having a home visit. I hadn't heard of that before. Anyone know what that consists of? Or how long it takes?

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