There are several different things you can do to make yourself more attractive to police departments across the nation. With the economy taking a nose dive, you need a competitive edge. Here are five things that will make you stand out:
#1 – Learn a second language, especially Spanish
As much as I think everyone who lives in the United State should speak English, the truth is some don’t and departments across the country are looking for people who can connect with them better.
#2 – Become certified in first-aid and CPR
Become first-aid and CPR certified. You can do this at any local community centers and it looks good on your application.
3# – Put yourself through the academy
This depends on the state you are in. For example, in some states the academy is free, but you must be hired and sent by an agency. In some states you can sponsor yourself in the academy. This means you’ll have to pay your own way and it is expensive. In these economic times, a lot of departments are going to hire certified officers to save time and money. If this is a possibility for you and you can afford it, then I would definitely look into it.
#4- Obtain a concealed weapon permit
Get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. It shows you have passed a background check and you know how to handle a firearm. It also helps show you are responsible.
#5- Expunge your record
If applicable, if you have a minor criminal charge from years ago, get it expunged. Go to the origin town/county and talk to them.