John Douglas's Guide to Landing a Career in Law Enforcement

Paperback | October 11, 2004

byJohn Douglas

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The ultimate insider’s guide to pursuing a career in one of the hottest, fastest-growing career sectors in America

In a departure from his usual edge-of-the-seat coverage, New York Times bestselling author and legendary FBI profiler John Douglas draws on his 25 years of experience to offer this unique career guide. Written for those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement but unsure which agency is right for them, John Douglas’s Guide to Landing a Career in Law Enforcement is a treasure trove of insider information and step-by-step instructions that arms you with:

  • A comprehensive overview of law enforcement agencies and career opportunities— from park ranger to air marshal to NSA code cracker
  • Guidance on finding and winning the ideal job in law enforcement
  • Work sheets, checklists, and self-evaluations
  • Websites, contact information, study guides, and other valuable resources

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The ultimate insider’s guide to pursuing a career in one of the hottest, fastest-growing career sectors in America In a departure from his usual edge-of-the-seat coverage, New York Times bestselling author and legendary FBI profiler John Douglas draws on his 25 years of experience to offer this unique career guide. Written for those in...

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Get on the inside track to a challenging and thrilling career Law enforcement is one of today's hottest growth careers. But with so many agencies and jobs to choose from, where do you start? In this comprehensive guide, bestselling author John Douglas taps his twenty-five years of law enforcement experience to help you find and land th...

John Douglas, Ed.D., is one of the most respected lawmen in the world and has tracked down some of the most notorious and sadistic killers of our time. He is also the author of six bestselling books recounting his adventures in the FBI and one other career guide. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Mindhunter and Journey...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.8 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:October 11, 2004Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071417176

ISBN - 13:9780071417174

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Table of Contents

Part One: GETTING STARTED 1

Chapter 1 PERSONAL ASSESSMENT 3

The Truth 4

Strengths and Weaknesses 6

Personality 7

Goals 9

Intangibles: What Are They Looking For? 11

Equal Opportunity 20

Chapter 2 CIVIL RIGHTS: THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND MIRANDA 23

Bill of Rights 24

Miranda 26

Chapter 3 PREPARE YOURSELF 29

Oral Interviews 29

Written Tests 32

Physical Fitness or Physical Abilities Test/MedicalExamination 35

Psychological Test 37

Background Check 38

Polygraph Examination 39

Criminal Records 40

Disqualifying Convictions 41

Other Disqualifiers 42

Chapter 4 ASSOCIATED CAREERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 45

Examiners and Experts: The Crime Scene tothe Laboratory 46

Forensic Scientists 47

Coroner's or Medical Examiner's Office 48

Sketch Artists 49

Polygraph Examiners 50

Probation and Parole Officers 50

Other Careers in Criminal Justice 51

Chapter 5 LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF CONDUCT 53

Law Enforcement Code of Conduct 54

Part Two: OPPORTUNITIES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL 59

Chapter 6 GENERAL INFORMATION 61

Minimum/Maximum Age 62

Educational Requirements 62

Categorical Preference 63

Salary and Benefits 63

Chapter 7 JOB DESCRIPTIONS 65

Patrol Officers 65

Traffic Officers 66

Detectives 66

Correctional Officers/Detention Officers 67

Specialized Units and Assignments 68

Municipal and County Departments 68

Chapter 8 REPRESENTATIVE DEPARTMENTS 71

Boston Police Department 73

Columbus Police Department 80

Albuquerque Police Department 86

Bozeman Police Department 92

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 95

Nassau County Police Department 101

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office 106

Part Three: OPPORTUNITIES AT THE STATE LEVEL 111

Chapter 9 GENERAL INFORMATION 113

Chapter 10 JOB DESCRIPTIONS 115

Highway Patrol Officer or State Trooper 115

Correctional Officer 116

Special Agent/Investigator 116

Chapter 11 REPRESENTATIVE AGENCIES 117

Oklahoma Highway Patrol 118

Oregon Department of Corrections 123

North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation 126

Texas Troopers 131

Texas Rangers 136

Part Four: OPPORTUNITIES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL 141

Chapter 12 GENERAL INFORMATION 143

Working for the Federal Government 143

The Office of Personnel Management 146

USAJOBS 146

Minimum/Maximum Ages 148

Veterans 148

Women 149

Minorities 149

Noncitizens and Federal Employment 150

Chapter 13 FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREERSBY DEPARTMENT 151

USDA Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations 153

Pentagon Force Protection Agency 157

National Institutes of Health Police Branch 159

Department of Homeland Security 163

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center 167

Customs and Border Protection 171

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 176

Office of Inspector General 183

U.S. Secret Service 185

National Park Service 192

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 198

Drug Enforcement Agency 204

Federal Bureau of Investigation 211

Federal Bureau of Prisons 223

U.S. Marshals Service 228

Naval Criminal Investigative Service 238

Bureau of Diplomatic Security 244

Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation 248

U.S. Mint Police 252

United States Capitol Police 255

United States Postal Inspection Service 258

Office of Security and Law Enforcement 264

Appendix A: ALBUQUERQUE (NEW MEXICO) POLICEDEPARTMENT CADET WRITTEN ENTRANCE EXAMINATION 267

Section 1: Overview 268

Section 2: General Instructions 269

Section 3: Observation and Recall Cognitive Abilities 270

Section 4: Personal Maturity and Integrity 273

Section 5: Technical Skills 274

Section 6: Written and Oral Communications 275

Appendix B: AUSTIN (TEXAS) POLICE DEPARTMENT APPLICANTINFORMATION PACKET 279

Shotgun 280

Handgun Trigger Squeeze and Direction Control 280

Driver/Vehicle Compatibility 280

11?2 mile run 280

Obstacle Course 281

The Importance of Core Fitness Components to thePhysical Examination 281

Test Preparation 283

Description of the Obstacle Course 283

Criteria for Passing the Exam 284

Test Components 284

Appendix C: COLUMBUS (GEORGIA) POLICE DEPARTMENTAPPLICANT BACKGROUND BOOKLET 287

Personal Data 289

Family History 290

Residences 291

Education 291

Employment History 293

Financial 296

Military 297

Illegal Drugs 299

Criminal Activity 301

Index 307

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