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Old 02-21-2013, 09:34 AM
 
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hello my name is Stephen Hastings and i am moving to Charlotte to become a police officer. Just a couple of questions.

1: Hows the competition
2: Is it worth it.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:58 AM
 
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It depends on your education, skill sets (speak another language besides English), physical condition, background check, and other things a LEO could better describe. If you want to do it - my hat's off to your. It's a job I could not do because the first time some punk spit in my face, he would need a mouthful of new teeth and I.A. would be very unhappy with me. Having had the opportunity to do a lot of ride-alongs over the years, LEOs do not get the credit they deserve and people who obey the law should thank every LEO they see or meet.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:59 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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We have had a lot of folks move here from other areas to join our police force. I think that only strengthens the police force. I hope it all works out for you. Good luck!
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:35 PM
 
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hello my name is Stephen Hastings and i am moving to Charlotte to become a police officer. Just a couple of questions.

1: Hows the competition
2: Is it worth it.
1. If you are an african american than you will get accepted easily, even if you had a revoked license in another state or you had a history of domestic violence.

2. No.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I don't agree with Styrofoam's descriptions so I'll counter with facts / support and references where you can at least gather more information for yourself:

1: There's always going to be competition for any public position. There are numerous rounds of testing and scoring based on the Civil Service test. Then even when through the initial acceptance, you'll need to complete additional training depending on your current experience / background. That being said, if it is similar to the selection process for Firefighting in other cities, than recruitment is based largely off of how you score on your civil services exam which can give special point bonuses, but I don't know that process well enough to speak towards it, nor do I know your background.

2: Pay is standardized for the most part or at least fairly easy to determine what your base salary would be. Link to CMPD site - Employee Benefits

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New hires will start at the rate of $40,674. Any adjustments for educational or bi-lingual incentives will take effect upon completion of the Academy or after the 14-week Police Training Officer period has ended.
Becoming a police officer shouldn't be only about pay. I use to work in EMS for a number of years and we'd always get people stopping by the station wanting to ride in ambulances or thinking that it was a good job because we were in college and getting paid some nights to sleep was really a convenient way to make money. Those people didn't last long. The people also wanting to pad their med school applications also were awful. All I'm saying is ask if this is really the life you want to get into and understand that most of the job is really boring. The question 'Is it worth it?' cannot be answered with just a dollar figure, it's a personal question that can only be truly answered by you.

My honest advice would be to take advantage of the direct email to CMPD that goes to their recruiting staff - cmpd_recruitment@cmpd.org (Yes, this is like talking to an Army recruiter so use it as one source of information)

I can't imagine this would be a quick process. So I'm a little concerned with the headline that you're moving to Charlotte to be a Police Officer. Is this your soul motivation? Do you have family in the area or a support system while you go through the application process?

Mr. EMT

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Old 02-28-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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I don't agree with Styrofoam's descriptions so I'll counter with facts / support and references where you can at least gather more information for yourself:

1: There's always going to be competition for any public position. There are numerous rounds of testing and scoring based on the Civil Service test. Then even when through the initial acceptance, you'll need to complete additional training depending on your current experience / background. That being said, if it is similar to the selection process for Firefighting in other cities, than recruitment is based largely off of how you score on your civil services exam which can give special point bonuses, but I don't know that process well enough to speak towards it, nor do I know your background.

2: Pay is standardized for the most part or at least fairly easy to determine what your base salary would be. Link to CMPD site - Employee Benefits



Becoming a police officer shouldn't be only about pay. I use to work in EMS for a number of years and we'd always get people stopping by the station wanting to ride in ambulances or thinking that it was a good job because we were in college and getting paid some nights to sleep was really a convenient way to make money. Those people didn't last long. The people also wanting to pad their med school applications also were awful. All I'm saying is ask if this is really the life you want to get into and understand that most of the job is really boring. The question 'Is it worth it?' cannot be answered with just a dollar figure, it's a personal question that can only be truly answered by you.

My honest advice would be to take advantage of the direct email to CMPD that goes to their recruiting staff - cmpd_recruitment@cmpd.org (Yes, this is like talking to an Army recruiter so use it as one source of information)

I can't imagine this would be a quick process. So I'm a little concerned with the headline that you're moving to Charlotte to be a Police Officer. Is this your soul motivation? Do you have family in the area or a support system while you go through the application process?

Mr. EMT


That is my Soul motivation no I don't have family there. I already have an apartment. Is it fairly easy to find a part time job down there while I'm going through the process.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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You should also consider that Gastonia is always taking applications. Pay isn't that great so a lot of people use it to get experience. http://www.cityofgastonia.com/_pdffi...-Certified.pdf

Bessemer City is a small town NW of Gastonia. They are dropping county coverage & forming a police department. They are hiring now. The Official Web Site of Bessemer City, North Carolina The pay probably won't be very good at all, but again it's experience.
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