Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Law Enforcement Jobs

The most common type of sworn positions is police officers and deputy sheriffs. The minimum requirements for these jobs are determined by the state where the department is located. Each individual department may set higher requirements than those called for by the state. Some departments require two years of college, some four years of college, and some only a high school diploma. Training for these positions requires attending a law enforcement academy.

Larger departments may have their own academy. Smaller departments will use regional training academies. The hiring process usually involves having all applicants taking a written test and possibly a physical agility test. This is usually followed by interviews in front of a panel. State agencies such as highway patrol and department of public safety will have similar testing processes. Smaller state agencies will have a process mainly consisting of interviews.

Support positions would include Crime Scene Technician, Investigative Assistant, and Evidence Technician. The education requirements will be determined by each particular agency and may vary from department to department. These positions are usually filled by posting a job announcement, having applicants submit an application and possibly a resume. This would be followed by interviews of the most qualified candidates.

One required element common to both peace officer and non-peace officer positions is the background investigation of the individual. Both types of positions will have access to sensitive information and will be representatives of the department. A background investigation of the individual will be conducted to determined if there is anything that would disqualify them from serving in that position. Items to be looked at include criminal history, drug use, acts of dishonesty. Each department will have their own requirements pertaining to what will disqualify an individual from employment.

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