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Old 08-25-2008, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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Might try a small town that is willing to take a risk on someone... why would they do that? Because they have a hard time attracking the "ideal candidate" because they either can't pay at that level; their benefits packages aren't as great; or the small town isn't ideal... those towns (assuming you are honest on the past issue since it isn't water under the bridge) may be willing to take a risk on you... you won't get rich with them but you may gain enough credibility that the previous issue would be discounted (not forgotten) in a future opportunity....
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:35 PM
 
Location: USA
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Might try a small town that is willing to take a risk on someone... why would they do that? Because they have a hard time attracking the "ideal candidate" because they either can't pay at that level; their benefits packages aren't as great; or the small town isn't ideal... those towns (assuming you are honest on the past issue since it isn't water under the bridge) may be willing to take a risk on you... you won't get rich with them but you may gain enough credibility that the previous issue would be discounted (not forgotten) in a future opportunity....

Good ideas, but the other side is, if it doesn't work out, there are less opportunities for Plan B.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:44 AM
 
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Are you sure there is no avenue for you to appeal your firing especially if you say you did not cheat on a test
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Papillion
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Good ideas, but the other side is, if it doesn't work out, there are less opportunities for Plan B.
I agree; however, if his heart's desire is law enforcement then something like this might be the only viable option - realizing that life's choices (the issue he mentioned) have ramifications (the lack of plan B).... life's not perfect and its a matter of evaluating the risks against the opportunities.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Broward County
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he was fired while still under probation....which means he has no legal recourse. They could have fired him without giving him a reason and there would be nothing he could do about it. This is not corporate America...it's very different.

First, it's a shame that you let them "fire" you. A forced resignation would have looked much better. Anyhow, yes...you still have the opportunity to work in a police department. You need to make SURE to FULLY DISCLOSE and tell the truth in your applications from now on. When they ask you "were you ever fired from a job", you must put YES and explain it in detail. Be confident and tell them you were accused of cheating and you never cheated. I am sure that they will back up your statement with a polygraph test, so if you have nothing to hide...don't worry ! The big thing is DON'T LIE about what happened. If you so and they find out (and all police department have excelllent background investigation units) you will NOT be hired. They prefer people that may have had a blunder or two in the past to be honest and direct...it shows INTEGRITY which is an important value amongst many police departments in the world.

Like another poster recommended...RELOCATE ! Los angeles Sheriff's department is always hiring and they are such a large police dept. with huge advancement and promotional opportunities, a STRONG union and excellent pay. Another good dept that is hiring is Las Vegas. Seattle is also looking and I have heard great things about them. Here in South Florida, Miami-Dade Police started hiring again...an excellent department to work for. Stay away from NYPD though....Extremely low pay. Lot's of guys in the NYPD are leaving in droves.

Don't be discouraged..just tell the truth and explain yourself and I honestly believe you will be OK. Crap happens...it's happened to the best of us. If you are in the right, be confident and explain yourself and I'm sure they will side with you.
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:07 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone that has replied to my post. Things really haven't worked in my favor recently, but I'm drudging through all of it...looking for the light at the end. After several failed attempts to return to a law enforcement career,
I have decided to return to school to pursue a different career field. I am curious if anyone has had experience with a situation similar to mine and what you did to work your through it? I can say I have learned some valuable lessons over the past months that will stick with me the rest of my life and I am wiser for having been through this, although I wish it upon only my worst enemies. (A firm believer in what goes around comes around). Anyhow thanks to everyone that has taken the time to read my post and give me advice, it is all much appreciated.
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Old 10-05-2008, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Norcross GA
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I don't understand how someone is suspected of cheating if they are not cheating.
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Old 10-05-2008, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Bail bonds work, perhaps?
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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Might try a small town that is willing to take a risk on someone... why would they do that? Because they have a hard time attracking the "ideal candidate" because they either can't pay at that level; their benefits packages aren't as great; or the small town isn't ideal... those towns (assuming you are honest on the past issue since it isn't water under the bridge) may be willing to take a risk on you... you won't get rich with them but you may gain enough credibility that the previous issue would be discounted (not forgotten) in a future opportunity....
Um, I'm not so sure about this. A lot of small towns are not hiring and with unemployment at a high there's more competition for limited jobs. I have relatives in the field and they are actually saying that places like Miami are DESPERATE for police officers and are having a hard time gathering enough of them. You could try to apply there, but at the same time the reason why they are having a hard time is because there's supposedly a high crime rate.

I am having a hard time finding employment as well with my Com. degree. I also live in a small town, so I know how extremely limited they are in the job department. There's a ton of people that are unemployed yet very few jobs. And like what another poster said, if you don't get the job there's very few other options. However, if you want a job as a nurse or coal/natural gas miner I can help you out there .
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:18 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Work for a security company? Work for legal aid? You're in a position now where you'll have to take what you can get and prove yourself but I should think that you could still stay basically in the field of justice. Time does go by quite fast but I'd suggest that you always be upfront and honest about this one faux pas. Cheers and good luck!
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