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I want to become a police officer, but just got fired from a job?

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I want to become a police officer, but just got fired from a job?

Postby aescby » Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:53 am

I have a strong passion for law enforcement. Im in college studying criminal justice, Im in the army national guard and my MOS is 31b Military Police. I used to work assets protection/ loss prevention at target but I got fired today.. for bad performance. I made a few mistakes, I only had the job for a couple of months. I caught a few people and recovered merchandise, but my boss said that the mistakes that I made had a strong affect on her job performance and potential. She talked to me about them after they happened but never really gave me a formal write up or counseling. She said that I had not improved. So will this have an affect on a potential career in law enforcement. I loved working at target, I was passionate, and many were surprised when I was let go.
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I want to become a police officer, but just got fired from a job?

Postby gustav » Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:54 am

You got fired from an LP job for bad performance and a few mistakes?

No PD will or would touch you
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I want to become a police officer, but just got fired from a job?

Postby troyes » Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:58 am

I would take what Badge203 stated with a grain of salt. Continue with your school,once complete go apply at a police department and go from there. Mistakes do happen,no one is perfect. Wish you the best .
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I want to become a police officer, but just got fired from a job?

Postby kendell » Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:05 am

Getting police officer jobs is becoming more and more competitive. When police departments are hiring, they usually have many qualified applicants for a relatively small amount of open positions. Any red flags can hurt your chances of getting hired. I would try to get another job as soon as possible. Try to keep the job as long as possible. Maintain an excellent record and reputation regardless of what kind of job it is. Finish at least a 4 year college degree if possible. Get the highest grade point average that you can. Participate in a couple extracurricular activities such as criminal justice club, student government, or sports. Consider trying to get an internship with a police department. Do some regular volunteer work. Consider getting an advanced degree if you can. Being in the National Guard could help you get a police officer job someday. Veterans get extra points on civil service tests. Also, some people simply like to hire qualified veterans whenever they get the chance to. Do whatever you can to make yourself the best candidate that you can. For example, don't do anything illegal, maintain a good reputation, keep a good driving record, don't get bad credit, improve all of your communication skills as much as possible, and become as physically fit as you can. All else being equal, candidates that are veterans with a college degree have a very good chance of getting hired.
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