There are many things to consider when you are about to pursue a career in the United States Law Enforcement task force.
Some questions to ask yourself before your start on your journey to a rewarding career.
- What are the skills you have now?
- Are you technologically sound and understand how to use the computer?
Technology plays a humongous role these days when it comes to law enforcement. In order to fight crime and pursue investigations. It’s a good thing to be technologically savvy. It will make you stand out from the crowd if you have sharp computer skills and it doesn’t hurt if you’re a quick learner.
- What sports do you currently play? Do you have any hobbies and are they associated with physical exercise?
This is very crucial in preparing for your police or law enforcement physical fitness training test. If you currently play sports or have hobbies that are physically active – by all means continue doing them!
- How much educational training have you received? Do you hold a high school diploma, certificates from a community college or attain a college degree?
Having a strong foundation in education will already prepare you for certification and training tests that you’ll receive at your training academy. Skills such as English and Spanish – being multilingual is continuing to be more and more important in the modern times. Having skills in writing, effective communication, analysis, and problem solving are what employers in agencies and departments look for.
Knowing multiple languages are very important these days in the law enforcement realm since the population of different cultural groups are continuing migrate to the United States.
The Hispanic population is expected to increase in the coming years; it’s crucial that you can communicate to people of all races. Although it’s not required, it will certainly help you land a job as a law enforcement officer and effectively solve problems quickly without having to call a translator. Being an effective communicator and having the ability to influence others will not only help you but others around you. If there is ever a situation where a person is being held up, a robbery or a kidnapping – you might just save someone’s life to know how to speak an additional language. Safe negotiations will have to be used in order to keep the situation at ease and resolve the manner without putting yourself and others in harms way.
- Have you taken a martial arts class or know any self-defense techniques?
This will be one of the first questions your interviewer will ask you when you apply for a law enforcement position. On a day-to-day basis, you may run into a situation which may get physical and even violent; knowing how to defend yourself and others can save your own neck and other people’s as well. In order for you to bring order and keep the peace, you will need to be able to restrain someone who is out of control and arrest them without causing more damage. Strength training and being in shape is very important since you may need to overpower someone who has committed a crime or catch them if they decide to flee.
- How are you driving skills?
Occasionally, but not always is that you will be on patrol and not in your vehicle. where you’ll be involved in a high-speed chase. Your goal is to reduce as much damage caused to the environment, the city and businesses around you while maintaining pursuit and capturing the runaway suspect. Your abilities and skills to drive are an absolute must-have trait. Avoiding pedestrians, obstacles, setting up road-blocks or calling in road-blocks or spike strips are skills law enforcement agencies look for.