EPISODE 002: Why Do You Want to Be a Police Officer?
Welcome to Episode 002 of the Law Enforcement Guru Podcast, where I will provide you the tips, tactics, and techniques to help you achieve your goal of becoming a law enforcement officer.
I am your host, Retired Deputy Chief Tony Levatino, and I want to thank you for joining me today; and I know you will find this episode valuable. We will be talking about how to answer the fundamental question, "Why do you want to be a law enforcement officer?" or the variation, "Why do you want to work for our agency?"
We will outline the "Three-Part Response" comprised of a beginning, middle, and end.
The beginning would be when your first spark of interest in a law enforcement career occurred. It is an opportunity to tell the panel why you are there in the first place. For some of you, maybe a relative, acquaintance, an officer who did a presentation at your school, or even this podcast was the first exposure you had to law enforcement. Perhaps you were in the military, and others talked about what they were going to do post-discharge, which inspired you. Remember, the beginning is about the spark that kindled the flame.
The middle portion of your response is when you throw some smaller sticks onto the kindling to turn the spark into a flame. Here you explain to the board the actions you took after identifying your interest in law enforcement. You may have researched the profession online, went on a Ride-Along, or even applied to an agency. It should be the actions you took that solidified your resolve to move forward towards your career goal.
If you were in the military, you could talk about how you see law enforcement as an extension of your service and the opportunity to work in a team environment towards a common goal.
The end of your response is where you tie the beginning and middle to your conclusion, which is why you want to work for their agency specifically.
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