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Written Communication

Last Updated: April 9, 2013

It is sometimes said that the reading comprehension and grammar section of the National Police Selection Test for aspiring police officers is a complete waste of time. “I have passed my English exams at school and have the certificates to prove it. Why do I need to prove myself all over again?” On the face [….]

Attributes to Make You a Stand-Out Cop

Last Updated: April 7, 2012

I think sometimes the police services across the USA get a lot of unfair criticism. Of course I would say that because I am one of them. A lot of men and women put their necks on the line to do a tough job. We’re only human so occasionally mistakes will be made. I hope [….]

Polygraph Tests

Last Updated: April 6, 2011

When the issue of the polygraph test came up as I applied to become a police officer, I must admit I was quite nervous. This is a mystery really because I don’t have a criminal record apart from the Donny and Marie Osmond 7” vinyl I was given when I was kid. That’s just a [….]

Police Academy 3 – Survival Tips

Last Updated: April 5, 2011

Sorry folks I just couldn’t resist another Police Academy blog! It is a few years since my experiences at police academy but I think the principles of how to survive there still hold true. Talking to my slightly younger colleagues has confirmed this for me. So here are my survival tips: 1. Prepare yourself both [….]

Police Academy 2

Last Updated: April 4, 2011

Just like the film series I thought I would create a sequel to my earlier blog on Police Academies. I highlighted some of the areas where recruits would get training and I have no doubt that has whetted some people’s appetite. So it may be apt to also tell you folks about some of the [….]

Police Academy

Last Updated: April 3, 2011

Some of you may be old enough to remember the Police Academy series of films from the 1980s. Basically there was a lot of mischief and incompetence from everyone involved in the Police Academy. Recruits, trainers and chiefs were all a bunch of idiots. Needless to say real Police Academies are quite different and certainly [….]

Job Satisfaction

Last Updated: April 2, 2011

A friend of mine asked me last night why I enjoyed being a police officer. She knows I love working for the police but she wanted to know why. Hmmm that’s a good question as I have never sat down and analysed it. However, within 30 seconds I had reeled off several good reasons why [….]

Fit Body and Mind

Last Updated: April 1, 2011

I was awoken early this morning by my dog, Herman, barking. Herman is slightly eccentric and I think he barks in his sleep. It reminds a bit of the film Arthur when Dudley Moore just laughs out loud seemingly at nothing, before declaring that sometimes he just thinks funny things. I might rename my dog [….]

Patience and Working Hard

Last Updated: March 31, 2011

I don’t know about you but when I decide I want to do something I generally go for it. Having decided when I was 16 that I wanted to become a police officer I couldn’t wait to get going. Yet there is the wise old saying ‘all good things come to those who wait.” That’s [….]

Why You Should Join the NYPD

Last Updated: March 30, 2011

I have a couple o friends interested in joining the police but are just a bit hesitant. They live in New York and given the traumas of 2001 may be are justified in their concern. So if you are like them and wondering whether you should apply to join the police, let me offer a [….]

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