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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