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    LEO Interview

    So, I passed the written test and now have an Interview w/ my local PD. Or as it's called...."oral board" So, calling ALL LEO's....what is the norm in these kinds of interviews? I'm not worried about my legal background...I've never been in trouble. I did get in a little trouble in the Navy..nothing serious. Can they PD get access to my millitary files? I've only been out a yr. I have no intention (sp?) of lying about anything, just a question. Any help would be great....thanks guys.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Derrin33 View Post
    I did get in a little trouble in the Navy..nothing serious.
    No offense but don't all sailors get in a little trouble?

    Not a biggie IMO.

    Glad to hear about the career change, good luck.

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    Does it show up on your DD214 ? Did you have NJP or a Captains Mast ?

    More than likely its not a big deal. If they ask, just be up front about it. It really depends on what the trouble was about as to whether it will have any bearing or not. If you got into a drunken brawl, it probably wont matter. If you got caught stealing something or it was something that brought your personal integrity into question...it might.
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    Be painfully honest, hold nothing back. They are more interested in truth than an impeccable record.

    If they ask you if you'd give your mother a speeding ticket, say, "No." They don't want automatons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Be painfully honest, hold nothing back. They are more interested in truth than an impeccable record.

    If they ask you if you'd give your mother a speeding ticket, say, "No." They don't want automatons.
    That is good advice, follow it to the tee.
    Good luck!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Be painfully honest, hold nothing back. They are more interested in truth than an impeccable record.

    If they ask you if you'd give your mother a speeding ticket, say, "No." They don't want automatons.
    Great advice...background checks usually involve asking questions of past supervisors. The key is clearly communicating any lessons learned from past discretions.

    I can only add...be yourself...interviewers see right through fakes.

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    Having been through a couple of these remember to stay calm. There will be many questions that you may not have thought about yet. One such question in one of my interviews was "How do you feel about gays?". Some other questions you may get are "Why do you want to be a cop?", "How do you feel about gun control?", How would you deal with your own prejudgices on and off the job?". Just a few to get you thinking and hopefully prepared for the pressure cooker. They look for those who are level headed and can control their prejudgices in addition to other factors. Good luck.

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    Good luck with it.

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    Thanks guys....It went well. They asked 15 standard questions, the same they ask everyone. It took 30 mins. I was told that I would here something next week. They asked Q's I thought I'd here. Like, "why do you want to be a police officer?" And you've pulled over a fellow officer for DUI...what do you do? I think it went well. So.....keep your fingers crossed for me guys!!!
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    Mine are crossed good luck. Usually if you feel it went well it most likely did. Take a breather right now. If you are appointed they will naturally send you to an academy. That is where you will sweat the most (physically and mentally). Let us know how it goes.

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    Good Luck... Need good guys on the job! Keeping fingers crossed
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    IMO your service to your country overrides a minor indiscretion! I've done backgrounds on candidates and we find out a lot more than you think. We overlook a lot of minor stuff but we don't overlook a candidate being dishonest.
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    you've pulled over a fellow officer for DUI...what do you do? I think it went well.
    If you answered this one by saying you'd get him a cab to get him home... or follow the department recommended guidelines ... or call your sergeant if you weren't sure... you did fine.

    I know one agency who's patch includes "To protect and serve with integrity" that used that question in the context of the fellow officer (a sgt) being so drunk off duty as to be nearly incoherent. And they would disqualify any candidate who said they'd make a DUI bust. So much for the integrity in their motto.

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