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QUESTION: Good morning Chris,

I've always wanted to be a Police officer , ever since I first saw my first police car and pursuit  at a very young age, I knew  it was for me. As you know life works in mysterious ways  and nobody's perfect  but have made some mistakes which my really mess me up. My driving record is the best I do have two speeding tickets and other small violations. I for the first time ever got arrested and for being at the wrong place and time but haven't been charged yet. My credit isn't to die for and needs a lot of work. Amongst all this the thing that bothers me more is that I will be 24 this year and  I ain't getting any younger. I've applied to one department in the area so far when I was 21 and failed the  entry test . I've been on about 3 ride along's and I know this is the career for me . I have tried school but never got past the first semester it just wasn't for me. I have always heard that to be a police officer its who you know that will help you, but I don't know governors or  judges so that  wouldn't help me. I won't give up on being a cop but I know all the chips are stacked against me , so with all this said I wanted to know from a true veteran Do I have a chance? Thank you

ANSWER: Hi Justin,

How about instead of telling me whats going to stop you from getting a job as a cop you tell what is going to help you get a job as a cop. What makes you a person I as a Chief would want to hire. It can't be just because this is the job you want, because many qualified people want this job also. So convince me I should hire you over the next person.

Now lets see how you sell yourself.

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QUESTION: Mr.Wagoner,

What would make me a great candidate for being a cop is that I am great under pressure and stress, I do realize that nothing can really prepare you for what  a cops see 's and live s everyday  but know I can handle it. I am very quick on my feet and always aware of my surroundings. I make decisions based on logic and what's right I also have a very team orianted spirit one lone cop can't make a big difference with out his partner's by his side. I am very proactive and know the streets I know how to talk to people and de escalate harmful  situations. I am very athletic and can defend myself but also can do days of paper work and report writing. I also know its good to  have a since of humor in this field because there will be hard times. I want to be a the first in my family to make a difference and the first to be a cop to set and example  that my future generations can  follow . This is my dream career and I will complete it with flying colors if I only get one chance . That's what I would say ,the truth  what would you think of that if you were my hiring officer? Thank You

Sounds great! Just make sure not to make yourself sound all good. You should also add to that one fault you have and how you are working to improve in that area. That way they see you are truly self assessing and are working to fix items you see as areas that need improvement.

Good Job, and good luck in your career seeking. If you do get hired or have positive interview experiences or negative also, let me know. I always like to hear when someone that asked a question here does well.

Be safe and stay low!  

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I have been a police officer for 30+ years! I am the Police Academy Commander at the Santa Fe College, Institute of Public Safety in Gainesville Florida It is a full service Law Enforcement and Corrections training facility. I can answer most questions concerning law enforcement procedures, law enforcement training and general questions about law enforcment. I can also answer questions about becoming a law enfocement officer. I have a booklet and web page I have written that answers many questions about how to become a police officer called "So you want to be a cop (police Officer) in Florida?", which is free, Google it.. All you have to do is ask. I teach the following subjects: RADAR/LASER, Law Enforcement Driving, Law Enforcement Firearms and Patrol Techniques, Officer Safety, WMD's for Patrol Officers, Application of Law, Communications skills, Dealing with the Mentally and physically handicapped, and many more subjects. I have worked as a subject matter expert for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and helped to write the police curriculum for the State of Florida. I like answering questions about how to become a police officer, and questions about why did an officer do this or that type questions. I also like answering any questions you may have about police work in general. I do not mind helping with homework questions or trying to answer your questions about legal subjects that I have knowledge of. You will never know the answer until you ask! If you do ask a question, PLEASE take the time to at least rate the answer. I do not get paid to answer these questions and do it on my own time. If you ask, please rate it when I answer. Thanks!!! If its a question about becoming a police officer, it may be answered here: My "hobby" website - Military Videos on YouTube and Facebook!!


I am a 30+ year veteran police officer, I am currently the Police Academy Commander of an Academy in North FLorida. I have been training police officers since 1993 and have trained them in all aspects of law enforcement, including firearms, Driving and legal subjects including patrol techniques and others and training all over the world. I have trained over 5000 officers worldwide in the last 16 years of training.

I am a published author in Accident Investigation from the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management. Also have written and published on the Internet, "So You Want to be a Cop (Police Officer) in Florida?" you can Google it..

I have 2 degrees, in Criminal Justice.

Awards and Honors
Phi Theta Kappa, plus 50+ Departmental Awards over the years. FBI Directors award for assisting in a Nationwide investigation into Child pornography.

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