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    Hello,
    I have been in the hiring process for a large department in my area for a little over a year now, and I have passed everything thus far (Interview, Exam, Background, Polygraph, Medical, etc.). Recently, I was told congratulations and I was one of 25 to complete everything. However, yesterday I had to go in front of the civilian board which is new to the department this year. This panel consists of community leaders from around the area and they basically grilled me with questions that do not have a right answer. I felt that this was the worst part of the process and my confidence in this process has gone down. I believe I did well, I was not fidgeting or stumbling over answers and was confident on the outside. At the end I was told good job and my next step would be to meet with the chief. My question to whoever reads this is how much weight does a board like this carry in the hiring process, or is it more of a formality?

  • #2
    In todays understaffed climate, you’ll be fine with the steps that you’ve passed so far; congratulations!

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    • Bradf469
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      That's great to hear, thank you!

  • #3
    Originally posted by Bradf469 View Post
    Hello,
    I have been in the hiring process for a large department in my area for a little over a year now, and I have passed everything thus far (Interview, Exam, Background, Polygraph, Medical, etc.). Recently, I was told congratulations and I was one of 25 to complete everything. However, yesterday I had to go in front of the civilian board which is new to the department this year. This panel consists of community leaders from around the area and they basically grilled me with questions that do not have a right answer. I felt that this was the worst part of the process and my confidence in this process has gone down. I believe I did well, I was not fidgeting or stumbling over answers and was confident on the outside. At the end I was told good job and my next step would be to meet with the chief. My question to whoever reads this is how much weight does a board like this carry in the hiring process, or is it more of a formality?
    Paragraphs, dude...paragraphs...

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      Sorry, I tried to do paragraphs, it wouldn't let me. I even tried copy and pasting from word.

  • #4
    Originally posted by Bradf469 View Post
    Hello,
    I have been in the hiring process for a large department in my area for a little over a year now, and I have passed everything thus far (Interview, Exam, Background, Polygraph, Medical, etc.). Recently, I was told congratulations and I was one of 25 to complete everything. However, yesterday I had to go in front of the civilian board which is new to the department this year. This panel consists of community leaders from around the area and they basically grilled me with questions that do not have a right answer. I felt that this was the worst part of the process and my confidence in this process has gone down. I believe I did well, I was not fidgeting or stumbling over answers and was confident on the outside. At the end I was told good job and my next step would be to meet with the chief. My question to whoever reads this is how much weight does a board like this carry in the hiring process, or is it more of a formality?
    How much weight this panel has on the hiring process is kinda up to the agency
    My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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    • #5
      Civilian panel? Will they also make command police decisions via consensus? Will they let uniform cops have a casual Friday? Let Aunt Bea cook meals for the prisoners? On your app, is it: male, female, or binary? What do you most identify as?

      Good luck bro. I hope it all works out.

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      • Bradf469
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        Haha thanks appreciate it

    • #6
      If that civilian panel, and nothing else, is is what keeps you out, you don’t want to work there anyway.
      "I am a Soldier. I fight where I'm told and I win where I fight." -- GEN George S. Patton, Jr.

      "With a brother on my left and a sister on my right, we face…. We face what no one should face. We face, so no one else would face. We are in the face of Death." -- Holli Peet

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      • Aidokea
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        Good point.

    • #7
      Originally posted by tanksoldier View Post
      If that civilian panel, and nothing else, is is what keeps you out, you don’t want to work there anyway.
      Amen to that. Most civilian panels I have heard of are just there to connect to the community or whatever...give them a voice and see what you're all about, but I doubt they carry much of any weight in the actual hiring process.

      I can't imagine a legitimate agency passing on you this late in the game because citizen panel member Anita Jones who hasn't paid her rent in 4 months didn't like what you said about LGBQTIA+++ somethin somethin...
      ​​

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      • #8
        Originally posted by clof2001 View Post

        Amen to that. Most civilian panels I have heard of are just there to connect to the community or whatever...give them a voice and see what you're all about, but I doubt they carry much of any weight in the actual hiring process.

        I can't imagine a legitimate agency passing on you this late in the game because citizen panel member Anita Jones who hasn't paid her rent in 4 months didn't like what you said about LGBQTIA+++ somethin somethin...
        ​​

        Agreed, hopefully civilian panels are little more than a community PR project.

        You’ll be fine,……keep us updated!

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        • Bradf469
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          Will do, thanks everyone!

      • #9
        Just wanted to post an update, I got the phone call. I am officially hired. Thanks again for the replies!

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        • #10
          Congratulations!!

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          • #11
            Originally posted by NolaT View Post
            Congratulations!!
            Thank you!

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            • #12
              Originally posted by Bradf469 View Post
              Just wanted to post an update, I got the phone call. I am officially hired. Thanks again for the replies!
              Congrats!

              Next, the same panel who supported your hiring will vote to defund your department.

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              • Bradf469
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                Thanks! You're not wrong about that.

            • #13
              Originally posted by Bradf469 View Post
              Just wanted to post an update, I got the phone call. I am officially hired. Thanks again for the replies!
              Congrats.

              Don't forget to update your profile.

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              • Bradf469
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                Thanks, will do once I get a badge.

            • #14
              Good for you.

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              • #15
                Originally posted by Bradf469 View Post
                Just wanted to post an update, I got the phone call. I am officially hired. Thanks again for the replies!
                Late seeing this - Congratulations ! I’m glad it worked out for you.

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