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    Three weeks into my internship now, and it's been an eye opening experience. I've done several ride alongs with officers, spent time with the COs in jail, worked with dispatchers, toured BCI labs, spent time with the prosecutor and detectives, and I'm only half way done!

    It's been a blast, but also an eye opening experience. I've had the opportunity to talk with a lot of people in LE, and they've provided me with honest opinions and insights. I've also seen first-hand the mountain of paperwork and other things police have to deal with.

    I know the internship won't really help me in the hiring process once I start applying, but I feel like I've gained a lot of first-hand insights from those in LE, so hopefully now I have a better idea of what LE really is.

    One quick question for the LEOs reading this: the dispatcher mentioned working in communications is a great learning experience for those wishing enter the field of LE. She alluded it may be possible for me to dispatch for a small community part-time while I'm in college. Is this possible? I find it hard to believe that a full-time college student could be hired as a part-time dispatcher?
    Last edited by Jacob2899; 07-01-2014, 02:35 PM.
    "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King, Jr

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    Originally posted by Jacob2899 View Post
    Is this possible? I find it hard to believe that a full-time college student could be hired as a part-time dispatcher?
    The University of Iowa Police hire ONLY students to dispatch

    I have know many students doing part time dispatching over the years
    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

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
      The University of Iowa Police hire ONLY students to dispatch

      I have know many students doing part time dispatching over the years
      Thanks, Iowa. This is something I'll certainly look into then. I really enjoyed my time in dispatch today, even though all the CAD and LEADS databases were a little confusing at times
      "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King, Jr

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      • #4
        You will get used to it, trust me.

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        • #5
          I was assigned to Dispatch as a light-duty assignment and it was a great experience.

          I learned:

          I did not want to live my life in a basement.
          I knew nothing about what a difficult job they have.
          Being on the other end of a radio is crazy.
          Crazy people call dispatch for insane things.
          It's hard to get a good nap at 3 am when a rookie wants to write tickets.
          If you go to dispatch to take a nap at 4 am, you may wake up with nail polish on your nails.
          Be nice to your dispatchers because they really can conspire to make your shift miserable.

          Go for it Jacob! It can only help you.

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          • #6
            One quick question for the LEOs reading this: the dispatcher mentioned working in communications is a great learning experience for those wishing enter the field of LE. She alluded it may be possible for me to dispatch for a small community part-time while I'm in college. Is this possible? I find it hard to believe that a full-time college student could be hired as a part-time dispatcher?
            Sure, why not?

            ...and it would be GREAT experience.
            "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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            • #7
              Don't jeopardize your schooling but do it if you can manage it...that experience WILL help you in the application process.
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              “Just remember – life is hard. But it’s one hell of a lot harder if you’re stupid.

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              "I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."

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