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    hello

    hey everyone, my name is andrew but everyone calls me andy. im a 19 year old student wanting to join the state police in my area. once i turn 21 i will try and make it to the academy. i thought it would be a good idea to join this forum since im headed that way. maybe i can learn alot of what i need to know by sticking around and reading things on here.

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    Hey Andy, whats up?
    So what are you doing to prepare for the state police and what state is it?
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    Hi and a BIG welcome to LEF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beans43 View Post
    Hey Andy, whats up?
    So what are you doing to prepare for the state police and what state is it?
    hey man, well, i stay away from trouble, i have a clean record, i stay physically fit and i am pretty motivated to join. i been working a office job for the transportation department for a year and a few months now. i dont think a office job is for me, i thought about law inforcement alot and it seems right for me. im from las vegas, new mexico btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_koolkid View Post
    hey man, well, i stay away from trouble, i have a clean record, i stay physically fit and i am pretty motivated to join. i been working a office job for the transportation department for a year and a few months now. i dont think a office job is for me, i thought about law inforcement alot and it seems right for me. im from las vegas, new mexico btw.
    Good deal, you have any college or military? Most police agenices require one or both these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beans43 View Post
    Good deal, you have any college or military? Most police agenices require one or both these days.
    30 credit hours right now, 44 after this semester. here in new mexico, they only require 30. im good to go. i just have to wait til im 21. in the mean time ill continue building up my credits.

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    Good luck then. Enjoy the forum, lots of good knowledge on here.
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    thanks, and this forum seems really great. you all seem very cool

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    Have fun with the application process. Its the most unique process you will EVER go through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob84 View Post
    Welcome!

    Have fun with the application process. Its the most unique process you will EVER go through.
    tell me more on what you have to do, i know they give you a lie detector test here and some other stuff..

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_koolkid View Post
    tell me more on what you have to do, i know they give you a lie detector test here and some other stuff..
    Im not a LEO as of yet, but I will be happy to tell you about my experiences thus far. First off, you have the written test. It may include a video with scenarios, and math problems. Its to weed out the people who most likley are un desirable for the job. After that, there is the polygraph, then the interview with your B.I. Then there is a psych exam, physical fitness test, physical, then the final interview. This is for a deputy sheriff where I am. I belive the process for a police officer is a little different, im sure that someone will chime in soon enough. Good luck!

    Oh yeah, I forgot, all this happens while your background is being reviewd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob84 View Post
    Im not a LEO as of yet, but I will be happy to tell you about my experiences thus far. First off, you have the written test. It may include a video with scenarios, and math problems. Its to weed out the people who most likley are un desirable for the job. After that, there is the polygraph, then the interview with your B.I. Then there is a psych exam, physical fitness test, physical, then the final interview. This is for a deputy sheriff where I am. I belive the process for a police officer is a little different, im sure that someone will chime in soon enough. Good luck!
    thanks for the information, ill prepare myself before i go through these tests. i just have to do some research lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_koolkid View Post
    thanks for the information, ill prepare myself before i go through these tests. i just have to do some research lol
    Your welcome,definatly do research on the department your applying too.

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    Andy, this is the requirements for my department. I think it is a pretty good guide line of what to expect.

    COMMISSIONED POLICE OFFICER
    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER
    AGE REQUIREMENT: Must be at least 21 years of age, or applicant must reach their 21st birthday by
    the time of completion of the academy training course.
    RESIDENCY: Must be a citizen of the United States.
    EDUCATION/WORK EXPERIENCE: You must have either:
    1. An associate’s degree or 64 semester credit hours from an accredited university or college. Both
    require a cumulative average letter grade of “C” or a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or
    equivalent, OR
    2. A high school diploma or GED with one year full-time prior police experience or two years of
    military service. Police experience can be in a civilian position with the Police
    Department designated by the Chief as part of the Department’s Cadet Program.
    Out-of-state police officers who possess or obtain State of Missouri POST class “A” certification
    will be evaluated in conjunction with their education/work experience.
    HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: Weight must be in proportion to height according to Department standards
    (attached).
    VISION: Minimum Department standard is 20/200 in each eye, uncorrected; correctable to 20/20 in each eye.
    ARREST RECORD: Must be free from conviction of a Felony or a Class “A” Misdemeanor.
    DRIVER’S LICENSE: Must possess a valid State Driver’s License by date of employment and have
    five (5) or less points charged against his/her driving record at time of application.
    MILITARY: Must have an “Honorable” discharge, or a discharge “Under Honorable Conditions” if
    having served in the military.
    COMPETITIVE SELECTION PROCESS
    Under the regulations of the Police Department, all appointments to the Police
    Department are made on the basis of an open, competitive selection process conducted under the
    supervision of the Personnel Services Unit. Each applicant must successfully complete each stage of
    the selection process before becoming eligible to proceed to the next step. The selection steps, in their
    order, take up to six months to complete:
    PRELIMINARY BACKGROUND REVIEW: A review and detailed evaluation of Personal History
    Questionnaire and supporting documents to determine if applicant meets the minimum requirements for
    the position.
    PHYSICAL CONDITION ASSESSMENT: A physical condition assessment shall be conducted at the
    Police Academy. This assessment will include sit-ups, push-ups, trunk
    flex and a 1.5 mile run. Applicants are expected to meet the minimum requirements in each category.
    A limited amount of applicants will be scheduled per session with each session lasting approximately
    two to four hours. A score for rating each applicant will be given.
    WRITTEN TEST: Administration of a reading and comprehension test.
    VIDEO BASED ORAL EXAMINATION: Candidates will be judged on verbal communication, ability
    to assess situations and deal with people and their probable adaptability to police duties. A police
    record check will be completed prior to the examination. Applicants will also be photographed and
    fingerprinted.
    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough background investigation will be conducted on all
    police applicants in the areas of past employment record and reputation, personal references,
    neighborhood reputation, police record check, credit history and military record (when applicable). The
    background investigation is concluded with a polygraph examination in an attempt to verify
    information received from and about the applicant. Results of the polygraph examination are confidential
    and are provided only to the Chief of Police.
    STAFF SERVICES DIRECTOR’S INTERVIEW: A further evaluation to determine the candidate’s
    overall fitness for the position, including appearance, self-expression, mental alertness and suitability
    for police duties.
    FINAL REVIEW BOARD: This is the final determination toward an offer of conditional appointment.
    High-ranking Department officials provide the final evaluation of the candidate to the Chief of Police.
    This evaluation may result in an offer of conditional employment or an end to the current selection
    process.
    REAPPLICATION: In the event an applicant is eliminated during any phase of the process, reapplication
    may not be made for six months unless circumstances indicate that an earlier review may be warranted.
    PHYSICAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS: These examinations will be
    given after a conditional offer of employment by a Department designated physician and psychologist
    and shall consist of various organic tests to determine the applicant’s suitability for the rigors of police
    work and their ability to participate in an increasingly difficult physical training program as a recruit at
    the Police Academy. The psychological exam will be used to determine the applicant’s suitability for
    police work. If a Department designated physician or psychologist finds that the applicant meets
    physical and psychological standards for employment, the applicant will be appointed.
    PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Academy recruits are on probation while attending the Academy.
    Experienced police officers who are hired or Academy recruits who are promoted to Police Officer
    serve a 12-month probationary period.
    SALARY
    After graduation from the Police Academy and upon completion of a probationary period, police
    officers are eligible to receive a yearly merit increase until they reach the top step in pay. Department
    employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Pay for the various classifications is:
    STARTING
    SALARY
    WITH BACHELORS
    DEGREE
    WITH MASTERS
    DEGREE
    TOP
    SALARY
    POLICE RECRUIT – UNTIL PROMOTION
    TO POLICE OFFICER (23 WEEKS)
    $16.27/Hr.
    $16.67/Hr.
    $17.08/Hr.
    POLICE OFFICER
    $40,177
    $41,182
    $42,187
    $63,677
    POLICE OFFICER - WITH 10+ YEARS
    OF FULL-TIME POLICE EXPERIENCE
    $41,361
    $42,395
    $43,428
    $63,677
    POLICE OFFICER - WITH 15+ YEARS
    OF FULL-TIME EXPERIENCE
    $45,802
    $46,948
    $48,092
    $63,677
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