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John Douglas's Guide to Landing a Career in Law Enforcement (Career


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Part One: GETTING STARTED 1 Chapter 1 PERSONAL ASSESSMENT 3 The Truth 4 Strengths and Weaknesses 6 Personality 7 Goals 9 Intangibles: What Are They Looking For? 11 Equal Opportunity 20 Chapter 2 CIVIL RIGHTS: THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND MIRANDA 23 Bill of Rights 24 Miranda 26 Chapter 3 PREPARE YOURSELF 29 Oral Interviews 29 Written Tests 32 Physical Fitness or Physical Abilities Test/Medical Examination 35 Psychological Test 37 Background Check 38 Polygraph Examination 39 Criminal Records 40 Disqualifying Convictions 41 Other Disqualifiers 42 Chapter 4 ASSOCIATED CAREERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 45 Examiners and Experts: The Crime Scene to the Laboratory 46 Forensic Scientists 47 Coroner's or Medical Examiner's Office 48 Sketch Artists 49 Polygraph Examiners 50 Probation and Parole Officers 50 Other Careers in Criminal Justice 51 Chapter 5 LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF CONDUCT 53 Law Enforcement Code of Conduct 54 Part Two: OPPORTUNITIES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL 59 Chapter 6 GENERAL INFORMATION 61 Minimum/Maximum Age 62 Educational Requirements 62 Categorical Preference 63 Salary and Benefits 63 Chapter 7 JOB DESCRIPTIONS 65 Patrol Officers 65 Traffic Officers 66 Detectives 66 Correctional Officers/Detention Officers 67 Specialized Units and Assignments 68 Municipal and County Departments 68 Chapter 8 REPRESENTATIVE DEPARTMENTS 71 Boston Police Department 73 Columbus Police Department 80 Albuquerque Police Department 86 Bozeman Police Department 92 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 95 Nassau County Police Department 101 Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office 106 Part Three: OPPORTUNITIES AT THE STATE LEVEL 111 Chapter 9 GENERAL INFORMATION 113 Chapter 10 JOB DESCRIPTIONS 115 Highway Patrol Officer or State Trooper 115 Correctional Officer 116 Special Agent/Investigator 116 Chapter 11 REPRESENTATIVE AGENCIES 117 Oklahoma Highway Patrol 118 Oregon Department of Corrections 123 North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation 126 Texas Troopers 131 Texas Rangers 136 Part Four: OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL 141 Chapter 12 GENERAL INFORMATION 143 Working for the Federal Government 143 The Office of Personnel Management 146 USAJOBS 146 Minimum/Maximum Ages 148 Veterans 148 Women 149 Minorities 149 Noncitizens and Federal Employment 150 Chapter 13 FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREERS BY DEPARTMENT 151 USDA Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations 153 Pentagon Force Protection Agency 157 National Institutes of Health Police Branch 159 Department of Homeland Security 163 Federal Law Enforcement Training Center 167 Customs and Border Protection 171 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 176 Office of Inspector General 183 U.S. Secret Service 185 National Park Service 192 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 198 Drug Enforcement Agency 204 Federal Bureau of Investigation 211 Federal Bureau of Prisons 223 U.S. Marshals Service 228 Naval Criminal Investigative Service 238 Bureau of Diplomatic Security 244 Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation 248 U.S. Mint Police 252 United States Capitol Police 255 United States Postal Inspection Service 258 Office of Security and Law Enforcement 264 Appendix A: ALBUQUERQUE (NEW MEXICO) POLICE DEPARTMENT CADET WRITTEN ENTRANCE EXAMINATION 267 Section 1: Overview 268 Section 2: General Instructions 269 Section 3: Observation and Recall Cognitive Abilities 270 Section 4: Personal Maturity and Integrity 273 Section 5: Technical Skills 274 Section 6: Written and Oral Communications 275 Appendix B: AUSTIN (TEXAS) POLICE DEPARTMENT APPLICANT INFORMATION PACKET 279 Shotgun 280 Handgun Trigger Squeeze and Direction Control 280 Driver/Vehicle Compatibility 280 11/2 mile run 280 Obstacle Course 281 The Importance of Core Fitness Components to the Physical Examination 281 Test Preparation 283 Description of the Obstacle Course 283 Criteria for Passing the Exam 284 Test Components 284 Appendix C: COLUMBUS (GEORGIA) POLICE DEPARTMENT APPLICANT BACKGROUND BOOKLET 287 Personal Data 289 Family History 290 Residences 291 Education 291 Employment History 293 Financial 296 Military 297 Illegal Drugs 299 Criminal Activity 301 Index 307 About the Author

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