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    I am a junior in college and plan on pursuing a job as a police officer when I graduate. I am pretty unfamiliar with the application process, but I know it can be long. I am wondering when I should start applying for jobs so I can start as soon as possible after graduating in May 2018. Also, I am wondering about applying for jobs in other states. Do I need to be in person for the application process or can I do it all remotely.

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    Originally posted by EvanWRunner View Post
    I am a junior in college and plan on pursuing a job as a police officer when I graduate. I am pretty unfamiliar with the application process, but I know it can be long. I am wondering when I should start applying for jobs so I can start as soon as possible after graduating in May 2018. Also, I am wondering about applying for jobs in other states. Do I need to be in person for the application process or can I do it all remotely.
    The answer to all of your questions is .................IT DEPENDS.

    Every agency has different processes and timelines.

    The reality is that most successful candidates apply at about 10-20 agencies over 2-7 yrs before getting hired. Of course that is an average. Some people get hired on the first attempt.......some never get hired
    Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

    My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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      If you are applying with large agencies, I would start now. Most do not require a degree and where I'm at, having one may only score you an extra point on the oral exam. When written and oral scores are combined to give you our final score, that extra point doesn't necessarily make you that much more competitive.

      The hiring process is usually long and drawn out. If you start now filing applications, odds are you might get picked up at around graduation time.
      Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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      • #4
        The Agency that I work for is hiring a lot of people and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. You would need to make one and possibly two trips here. I know they try to consolidate the process for out of state candidates. They also travel to various cities. Good luck to you.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by EvanWRunner View Post
          I am a junior in college and plan on pursuing a job as a police officer when I graduate. I am pretty unfamiliar with the application process, but I know it can be long. I am wondering when I should start applying for jobs so I can start as soon as possible after graduating in May 2018. Also, I am wondering about applying for jobs in other states. Do I need to be in person for the application process or can I do it all remotely.
          1) Start now. Even if you get an offer before you finish your degree it is pretty fair odds that the position would be saved for you until you did, especially at larger agencies.
          2) You can apply from anywhere but when you participate in the various testing phases you will be required to do so in person, often times with each phase being a separate trip there.
          3) From first submitting an application to final job offer can easily go longer than a year.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Zeitgeist View Post
            The Agency that I work for is hiring a lot of people and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. You would need to make one and possibly two trips here. I know they try to consolidate the process for out of state candidates. They also travel to various cities. Good luck to you.
            what agency is this ???

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              City of Atlanta PD
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              • #8
                That explains the openings...

                Now go home and get your shine box!

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                • #9
                  I'm about to go through an appeals process because I passed every stage in the process and it says I was disqualified for contradictory information which I believe it's just a misreading of the statements I was told to provide. My question is, is it bad to be attempting the appeals process and applying for other agencies at the same time just in case it doesn't work out?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TankerM1A1 View Post
                    I'm about to go through an appeals process because I passed every stage in the process and it says I was disqualified for contradictory information which I believe it's just a misreading of the statements I was told to provide. My question is, is it bad to be attempting the appeals process and applying for other agencies at the same time just in case it doesn't work out?
                    So you want to work for an agency that doesn't want you to work for them? Yea, you are going to try to FORCE then to hire you......

                    THAT is sure a recipe for success.
                    Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

                    My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post

                      So you want to work for an agency that doesn't want you to work for them? Yea, you are going to try to FORCE then to hire you......

                      THAT is sure a recipe for success.
                      Im not forcing them they did not disqualify me completely I was told I could appeal by the department and that I can also apply in 2 years so I know it was nothing major or I wouldn't have been given the opportunity to do so but that's here nor there. Do you have a legit answer or opinion to my question?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TankerM1A1 View Post

                        Im not forcing them they did not disqualify me completely I was told I could appeal by the department and that I can also apply in 2 years so I know it was nothing major or I wouldn't have been given the opportunity to do so but that's here nor there. Do you have a legit answer or opinion to my question?
                        That was a legit answer and if your attitude showed up, I see why they DQ'd you. There is no such thing as sort of DQ,d.
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                          Originally posted by TankerM1A1 View Post

                          Im not forcing them they did not disqualify me completely I was told I could appeal by the department and that I can also apply in 2 years so I know it was nothing major or I wouldn't have been given the opportunity to do so but that's here nor there. Do you have a legit answer or opinion to my question?

                          Yep I have a legit answer to your queston..............................
                          You were disqualified by the agency (per your post).................you asked if you should appeal

                          MY ANSWER was------------------

                          Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post

                          So you want to work for an agency that doesn't want you to work for them? Yea, you are going to try to FORCE then to hire you......

                          THAT is sure a recipe for success.
                          If you appeal and win...................YES, you would be forcing them to hire you after they told you once they didn't want you.

                          Telling you to re-apply in 2 yrs is a hint...........................one that pretty much anyone could take if they were paying attention
                          Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

                          My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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                          • #14
                            lol I don't nor did I have attitude I was just a question to gain an answer because my recruiter told me to appeal which I'm inclined to follow someone's orders that has more experience than me in the department. If you're allowed to appeal based off information read incorrectly or being misjudged wouldn't you want the opportunity to at least find out what DQ you at the moment or at least prove yourself. I served this country in the military and I am continuing to do so I just want to serve the city the same way so that's why I ask. I meant no disrespect so if I offended any of you by asking this question i apologize.

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                            • #15
                              They will always tell you to appeal. It's just done to ensure no bias.
                              Now go home and get your shine box!

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