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rwj146

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Posted: 12/09/13 02:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Be safe out there... And Congratulations.


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Congratulations, job well done......

Once you are certified in any state, most others require a very short course, mostly state law to recertify in that state. So, do not rule out another state if you don't mind the move. Also, you will find that now you are certified, out of state departments are more inclined to pick up the tab for your recert in their state.


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Congratulations!!!
Does NC allow you to be fully certified if you only work part-time or reserve? Sometimes when agencies aren't hiring full-time, you can stand a better chance of getting on in a part-time or reserve position. I know that here in FL, any sworn employment; full-time, part-time, or auxiliary will activate your certification and keep it active. Plus, it will sometimes provide an avenue to a full-time position.

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Posted: 12/09/13 03:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Congratulations!!!
Does NC allow you to be fully certified if you only work part-time or reserve? Sometimes when agencies aren't hiring full-time, you can stand a better chance of getting on in a part-time or reserve position. I know that here in FL, any sworn employment; full-time, part-time, or auxiliary will activate your certification and keep it active. Plus, it will sometimes provide an avenue to a full-time position.
Yes it is the exact same way here.I will take what I can get,but would love full time.

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I can tell you many agencies in California right now are having a difficult time filling current openings. It's not necessarily because of a lack of people applying, but mostly because of a lack of qualified people applying who can pass a background investigation and also spell their own name. There was a recent article in the LA Times about LAPD having a very difficult time hiring people. I think by this time next year it's going to reach crisis mode for some agencies here. But California is one of those States that wouldn't recognize your academy and with the condition of this state I wouldn't recommend coming here from NC anyway. I do know other states are starting to have similar problems with recruiting qualified people. I sure hope agencies don't start lowering their standards just to fill jobs because we've seen that happen before and we have seen what the results are and they are not pretty.


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If you can move go ahead. Get your foot in the door like I did and it'll come around. Never give up.





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jayco302fk wrote:

Yes it is the exact same way here.I will take what I can get,but would love full time.


Maybe that can work for you then. As a matter of fact, I know some agencies here in FL that only hire reserve/part-time. When they have a full-time opening, they promote from their reserves only.

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If you do go the part time route in hopes of getting on with an agency full time, just remember your part time work and attitude is going to be heavily judged when the time comes to get a full time slot. So treat everyday as a job interview when working part time. Back when I started in law enforcement getting jobs was very competitive and I started out as a reserve actually working full time. There were a lot of us working at this particular agency and I saw a lot of guys screw up any chances of full time employment by doing dumb things when they were reserves.

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Graduation is sunday and the day and night class will graduate together. I was the night and weekend class.jayco

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Retired female LEO - police department for 14 years, then Sheriff's Office for the remaining 11 1/2. I went to academy the first time and was the only female, then became 911 director and let my training lapse (yeah, what was I thinking?). Had to go back when I moved to SO and I was one of the oldest, plus the only female, again.

Just do your thing, think young but use your experience to help you out-think your younger companions. The physical part will probably be your hardest part, but just do what you can, stretch more, take it just a bit slower (remember the old turtle and the young hare!) and you should do well.

Good luck!

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