The interviewer would like to know the driving forced behind your choice to be in law enforcement. You can give an answer that allows some personal insight if you wish. The interviewer must see that you have a passion for this career path! Your passion is what will keep you in this role for years to come. Show the interviewer that you are committed.
"I grew up with a father in law enforcement and it was a career path that I always knew would be mine one day. Growing up, I loved to see the pride in my dad's eyes when he came home after a shift. I heard stories of him helping people and taking steps to make our community safer. I want to do the same."
We conduct early-stage criminal background checks, credit checks, and drug tests on all of our candidates. Is there anything you would like to disclose at this time?
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For obvious reasons, law enforcement agencies need to be very cautious on who they hire. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and dangerous if put into the wrong hands. You will be working with the public, and with vulnerable individuals. Assure the interviewer that you are most willing to comply with any form of background check they require.
"I am happy to comply with any background check required. My record is clean and I have a strong credit history. I do not participate in drug use, either. You can be assured that if you hire me for this role, I will maintain a clean record."
For obvious reasons, you must have a clean drug history before you can work in law enforcement. Your answer should be kept very simple, and 100% honest.
If you have never had involvement with drugs: "I have never been involved with drugs, in any way. I was raised to always take care of myself and to never mess around with drugs."
If you have taken or sold illegal drugs in the past: "I hung out with the wrong crowd for a brief time in my teen years and was pressured into trying cocaine when I was 19. I didn't actually like it and have stayed away from drugs since then."
"I have never been involved with drugs, in any way. I was raised to always take care of myself and to never mess around with drugs."
You must be physically fit to be a police officer. What have you done to physically train yourself for this position?
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The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of meeting the physical demands required for this position. Generally, a fit test will be administered; however, this is an opportunity for you to disclose any concerns you may have regarding the fitness portion of the role.
"I am fully prepared to complete the fit test. I am in great physical shape. To train myself for a career as a police officer I have attended CrossFit 5 times per week for the last 12 months. I also run 6 to 15 miles every week."
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First written on: 08/15/2017 Last modified on: 08/30/2018
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About Law Enforcement
September 13th, 2018
Law enforcement agents are committed to upholding the law within a particular jurisdiction. They remain focused on protecting life and property. Police officers, detectives, and patrol officers are all law enforcement agents. This is a high-stress job that requires a staunch commitment to the cause.
The minimum requirement is a high school diploma or GED. Depending on the role, completion of postsecondary coursework may be required. When hiring law enforcement agents, applicants' physical and mental characteristics are given more importance rather than their educational qualifications. To be eligible to apply for a law enforcement agent job, applicants must meet age and citizen requirements, have a clean background with no convictions and pass rigorous health and fitness exams. Job confirmation is subject to successfully completing the relevant law enforcement agency training programs.
Expect to undergo a rigorous interview. The interviewing panel will vet you thoroughly, asking you challenging questions to determine your commitment, dedication, and suitability for the relevant position. To get the job, your answers must convince the interviewers that you have what it takes to be a law enforcement agent they would be proud of. The best way to prepare for your upcoming interview is to go to Mock Questions and give careful thought to the questions you see listed there. This will help you answer all interview questions more confidently and convincingly.