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Paul Clinton

Paul Clinton

As the POLICE Web editor, Paul Clinton contributes posts about patrol cars, motorcycles, and other police vehicles. He previously wrote about automotive electronics as managing editor of Mobile Electronics. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter.



William Harvey

William Harvey

William "Bill" Harvey is currently serving as chief of police in south central Pennsylvania. He retired from the Savannah (Ga.) Police Department where he worked assignments in training, patrol, and CID. Harvey has more than 25 years of experience working with recruits, rookies, and FTOs.
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Understanding Hiring Cycles  

February 6, 2009
I fielded a call the other day from a young lad who was preparing to end his tour of service with the military. He wanted to enter law enforcement nearly instantaneously. Hold on; it is not that simple.

Background Investigations and Secrets  

February 6, 2009
If you have lived a tawdry past, then you should know that some astute investigator will find out during your background investigation. If you think that you have any disqualifiers in your past, do yourself a favor and do some research.

Watch, Speak, Do  

January 26, 2009
Your ability to observe, verbalize, and perform is very important. One day in court it could mean the difference between guilty and not guilty.
Tags: FTOs

Academies: Pay Your Way or Wait?  

January 13, 2009

I get this question nearly every week regarding the academy: Should I wait to get hired or should I pay my way? There are some states that will allow a candidate to attend the academy without being hired by an agency. You are deemed as "pre-service" and you pay your own way. There are pros and cons to each path.

Tattoos: The Illustrated Applicant  

January 13, 2009
Today, more and more young men and women are getting inked. Conversely, there is a growing trend with many departments across this nation that have taken stances against visible tattoos on their uniformed officers.

Understand the Rules of Applications  

January 13, 2009

The other day I was discussing the civil service hiring process with my executive assistant, Michelle. She has some noteworthy advice for applicants that all too often they do not heed. Let's see what Michelle has to offer to you.

Remember Where You Came From  

December 1, 2008
We have all had to endure the rites of rookiehood. It is up to each and every one of you to change it for the future.
Tags: FTOs, Hazing

Rejections and Acceptance  

November 3, 2008

I got a call the other day from a reader who was devastated. He had applied with the department of his dreams and got rejected. He felt crushed and now wanted to know what his recourse was for this disaster in his life.

Getting the Application Together  

November 3, 2008

Let's go over what you are going to need to know to apply for a law enforcement job and how to cut down on time, expenses, and headaches.

Carrying a Load on Your Shoulders  

October 1, 2008

You deserve respect for the stress and hard work you take on. You also deserve the occasional much needed R&R.

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