Biz Bits: Know what employers want before applying to be in law enforcement
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With the economy improving, more job opportunities are appearing, giving today’s students openings to show prospective employers their skills and professional talents. However, the job market is still competitive, and students need to know - and then acquire - the skills prospective employers want.
Having knowledge of what traits and skills law enforcement agencies across the country want in candidates will help students strongly compete for open positions. Carl Cooper, chair for the Criminal Justice Program for Westwood College’s Chicago O’Hare Airport Campus, shares background information provided by members of Westwood’s program advisory council:
Writing and communication skills for law enforcement
Report writing is an important part of the job for law enforcement officers, and departments are looking for officers who can communicate well in those reports. They have the potential for being reviewed by other officers, by the media, involved in court cases and reviewed by many other professionals, which is why good communication skills are so important.
Police officers may face many ethical issues on a daily or weekly basis, and how an officer behaves in these situations could affect an individual, business or even the community as a whole.
Many police departments require their officers to live within the community. Officers involved in the community are more effective in their careers.
Physical fitness for law enforcement applicants
Applicants shouldn’t be surprised that physical fitness is a requirement for most positions. Physical fitness prior to and during the testing process is critical if you want to get the career of your choice. Students wanting to be competitive for those open positions should begin additional physical training on their own.
These helpful hints about the law enforcement market, and what’s expected of candidates for jobs, were designed to help candidates have an edge when applying for those open positions. And even with the job market improving, that edge is important to getting the best position possible.
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— Better Business Bureau
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Number to Know
5 percent: In the law enforcement industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts demand for police officers and detectives will increase 5 percent through 2022. This growth will make jobs available, but applicants must expect competition for these jobs.
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