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Postby kcarter609 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:48 pm

Powersports dealership as an untitled manager really. Everyone there does everything, nobody really has titles. In the process for state police right now.

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Postby Snowman » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:57 pm

Sak- Not necessarily, many of the sought out areas (from the officers I have talked to) are the Sacramento area, some of the Central Valley area, the desert and San Diego. It all comes down to where you really want to go to. And yeah, I've heard crazy things about East and South LA and the crazy things that happen down there. And ah, where in So cal? I'm in Santa Clarita. I've been to Seattle and Portland before. And yeah you should definitely relocate, but be warned, it is quite expensive, and the bay area being more expensive then southern California. And yeah, generally recruits are usually given a dream sheet with a list of all the open offices that are taking officers and list them in which order they want that particular office. Some get where they want, others are sent to LA, but live in the Bay (you know what I mean.) Usually higher SSN=better chance of getting a particular office 9999 being the best, and the lowest with be the ones that start with 1 (mine starts with one..lol) . But yeah, once they start hiring again I'll do my best to apply. I am afraid of the Interview (I'm a pretty talkative guy and fear this might get me in trouble, but I'm honest.) And during the background they actually meet your neighbors and stuff (I don't know my neighbors quite well, since we all do our own thing) and I've worked 1 job for the last 2 year, and hopefully and life experience will not hold me back. Everything else I think will take care of itself or be fine If I am fortunate to make it that far and be able to graduate.

KCarter- Good luck in the hiring process. One of my cousins has a friend who is a trooper in the Edison area (I think the city is Edison but idk) and I've heard they're a tough agency to get hired with, but good luck anyway :)
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Postby djrez4 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:05 pm

jlam572 wrote:I work for the state of hawaii department of health. Hansens disease division. Work on Molokai, live on oahu.


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Postby jlam572 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:34 pm

djrez4 wrote:AH! Don't touch me!


Lol the vaccine has been around since the late 40s. All of our patients arent contagious. Here...grab my good hand. lol
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Postby sakhalin » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:56 am

Snowman wrote:Sak- Not necessarily, many of the sought out areas (from the officers I have talked to) are the Sacramento area, some of the Central Valley area, the desert and San Diego. It all comes down to where you really want to go to. And yeah, I've heard crazy things about East and South LA and the crazy things that happen down there. And ah, where in So cal? I'm in Santa Clarita. I've been to Seattle and Portland before. And yeah you should definitely relocate, but be warned, it is quite expensive, and the bay area being more expensive then southern California. And yeah, generally recruits are usually given a dream sheet with a list of all the open offices that are taking officers and list them in which order they want that particular office. Some get where they want, others are sent to LA, but live in the Bay (you know what I mean.) Usually higher SSN=better chance of getting a particular office 9999 being the best, and the lowest with be the ones that start with 1 (mine starts with one..lol) . But yeah, once they start hiring again I'll do my best to apply. I am afraid of the Interview (I'm a pretty talkative guy and fear this might get me in trouble, but I'm honest.) And during the background they actually meet your neighbors and stuff (I don't know my neighbors quite well, since we all do our own thing) and I've worked 1 job for the last 2 year, and hopefully and life experience will not hold me back. Everything else I think will take care of itself or be fine If I am fortunate to make it that far and be able to graduate.

South LA scares me, I don't think I'd ever be able to work down there lol. Santa Clarita? You're by Six Flags, whoo! I'd like to relocate to either LA or the OC area. I know cost of living is high, but I'm from Seattle and the area I live in also has a high cost of living. I'm not planning to move Beverly Hills or Pacific Palisades or anything lol. I like the Bay Area too, but SoCal more.
As long as you are honest during your interviews, you should be fine. The polygraph isn't exactly the most reliable thing IMO (it can sometimes register nervousness as a "lie", but everyone is nervous during the polygraph examination...), but I feel like one can pass it if one is truly honest, doesn't hesitate to answer, and is confident in their answer. Just don't joke around with the investigators conducting your interview, and only answer when they ask a question, but don't answer more than the question. Don't worry about your life experience; law enforcement agencies (especially a huge one like the CHP) have numerous applicants. Some have worked in the private sector, some military, some college graduates, some GEDs, and some who have worked just one job for a couple of years. Your written test score and background investigation have much more weight than your "life experience". I know someone who is going through the NYPD academy right now, and he is only 22, and only held a couple of part-time jobs. Everyone has their own qualifications, and it sounds like you are very dedicated and passionate, so I am confident you will be successful in the process when the time comes! :)
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Postby kcarter609 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:09 am

Ok, I'm going to clear up the whole polygraph thing right now because it's totally different than you guys think it is.

1) The whole process takes 3-4 hours.
2) The first thing they do is explain who they are, how they got certified, and all the legal garbage and have you sign like 100 forms.
3) You go over your application line by line with the examiner, and if you need to change anything on your application, you do it then.
4) They have to tell you every question they are going to ask you before the test, and you have to tell them how you are going to answer it. If you answer yes to certain questions, the examiner will ask you to explain and will write down your answers. If they were to surprise you with it, the test would most likely register a lie on each question.
5) It's typically only a few questions. In my case it was 2 sets of questions, and each set contained 8 questions. They will ask them in a different order, they will word them differently. Typically they have to do each set a minimum of 2 times, possibly more if they can't get a clear reading.
6) You can keep your vitals steady the entire time, but the thing that gets you is the moisture content sensor attached to your finger tip. You can't control it, and it spikes when you lie.
7) They have what they call "Probable Lie" questions. This will be something like "During the first 16 years of your life, have you ever lied to anyone who cares about you?" Obviously, everyone will answer yes. But before the test starts when you're going over this, and you tell him yes, he'll ask you to recall a specific incident. I told him I can't remember something specific, so he said to say no on the test. Afterwards, being nosy like I am, I asked him to explain the readings to me and he said I lied on that question. I was immediately like "What do you mean I lied?!!?! You told me to say no." He explained that it's a probable lie question that they basically want you to lie on (hence why he told me to say no) so they can see the spikes on the readout, and then when a big question comes up (eg drugs) and you lie, the spike will be much more.
8) You or the examiner have the right to end the test at any time, although if you end it, you don't continue in the process.
9) If you take a deep breath, twitch, or move while he's asking questions, it will throw the machine off and he'll pause for a bit so it stabilizes. That may also cause him to ask you the question sets more times. You can usually adjust in between question sets if necessary, but the less you move the better.

I was only hooked to the machine for about 30-40 minutes. The rest was paperwork and him explaining everything to me. I'm not sure if the process is different state by state, but I can't imagine they are much different.

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Postby Moneytalks » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:26 am

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Postby Snowman » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:27 am

Sak- Yup, I'm right near six flags. And If I would ever be fortunate enough to graduate, the only place in the OC I would consider is the San Juan Capistrano area. Beautiful area for sure, the rest of OC, not much. And yeah everybody has their own qualifications, one of the officers I rode along with was a marine, and then he came home and worked as mechanic for 3 years before applying, and he made it. Another was in the army and worked as a tow truck driver, and he got accepted and made it through, and I remember he told me 2 importnant things that I still remember to this day "Limitations are often in your own head, and you realize that you are capable of much more than ever thought possible." And secondly, that it is a test of your will power to make it through. And idk about the polygraph test, I would say just be as honest as possible. And thank you, I appreciate the encouragement!

Kcarter- Ahh okay, that definitely clears my mind of my previous thoughts about the Polygraph. Did you end up getting your results?How'd you do? And I don't think there much different either.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:21 am

I work on wireless as a call center supervisor. I also wish I was making enough for a centurion, though I wouldn't actually get one.
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Postby InCreditWeTrust » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:05 pm

Grupet wrote:I own a small retail store selling Scandinavian accessories, gifts and art for the modern home. I also have a design company where i do graphic design, identity work, web design and product design.


That seems pretty chic and awesome to me.


As for me I'm a Uni student and I work as a freelance Interpreter for several companies.



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