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Getting Hired as an Officer: The Interview

By Dr. Chuck Russo

You have arrived at the interview. You might be nervous, but if you know what to expect, you can control your nerves so they don’t control you. AMU's Dr. Chuck Russo gives police candidates' advice on how to prepare for the interview and how to shine during this part of the hiring process.

Leading Change in Law Enforcement

Change does not typically go over well in law enforcement organizations. In general, people like to operate in their comfort zones and for many individuals, the way things are is just fine. These individuals know the rules, they know what they can and cannot do, and they can survive and succeed in such an environment. When something new is introduced it often upsets this delicate balance. However, change is necessary in all organizations and law enforcement leaders must do a better job of helping their officers accept and prosper during change.

Being a Better Officer Starts in the Classroom

Law enforcement officers often ask whether or not they need a formal degree. Hear from four veteran police officers about why education has been so important in their own careers. “Even if your aspirations are not to move to the command or management level, having a degree simply makes you a better officer. A degree will help you gain a better understanding of the criminal justice field as a whole and it can only lead to more opportunities now and in the future,” said one. Learn more about the benefits of pursuing an education and what degree programs police officers should consider. 

Want a Job or Promotion? Start by Building Your Personal Brand

Whether you want to be hired by a police department, transferred to another unit, or get promoted, you have to attract the attention of those who can help get you where you want to go. It is important to stand out among the crowd. First, you have to figure out who you are, which is, in essence, your personal brand. Here are some steps to help you identify your brand and use it to market yourself for that next career or promotion opportunity.

Strengthen Your Agency by Planning for Your Replacement

If your police chief got hit by a bus tomorrow, would someone in your agency be ready to step into his or her role? Police chiefs need to start thinking of succession planning as a critical function of the job and work to identify and develop future leaders to avoid a leadership crisis in the agency. One of the first, and often most difficult aspects of succession planning, is asking chiefs to disclose his or her retirement plans. Learn more.