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Old 11-21-2012, 12:05 PM
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Hi all.
It is time that I made the decision to better myself and give back.
I'm taking the next step in my life and applying for Deputy Sheriff Recruit in CoCo following Thanksgiving.
I'm nervous, as I'm sure most were, for the poly test for the simple fact that I've never experienced something of that nature.
As far as writing, grammer, comprehension, and surprisingly physical fitness, I'm confident.

Any tips, suggestions to help prepare, or funny stories would be much appreciated.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, if you would, and I look forward to, potentially, joining your ranks.

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Old 11-21-2012, 5:19 PM
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Just be your self. Stay calm and be as professional as possible in any situation where you are meeting someone from the department.

When you talk to interviewers relax make eye contact and seriously just be you.

Best advice I got. I Got hired pretty quick, in a bad economy with no college degree.

Good luck man and keep us updated.
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Old 11-26-2012, 4:13 PM
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Thanks. That will be my mantra.
I'll keep every one updated.
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Good luck Grant! Patience is key, lots of hurry up and wait. *Grammar
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Don't get discouraged, apply everywhere you can. Hiring process is terrible, and intended to be that way.
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I just got hired by my local SO (start Monday). As the guy above said, the hiring process is terrible. Stressful and makes you very anxious.

Advice:
- apply EVERYWHERE . It is very difficult to get hired right away, put in as many apps as you can and take as many tests as possible.

- be in shape. Find out what the PFT entails and make sure you can max-out on everything. It will set you apart from everyone else in the group right away. Most people aren't in good shape....try to max out.

-Polygraph- don't lie . They will find out EVERYTHING you've ever done and yes, it sucks....I was very nervous even though I had nothing to worry about.

This was my 3rd application before getting a job. I have a Bachelors degree in criminal justice, maxed out in the PFT, and my interviews went really well.....it takes time, apply everywhere.

Pm me if you have questions, I just went through it all.

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Yes. Some departments will get you in from application to academy in 90 days or less. Some can take over a year or even longer with some individuals. It's tough, but stick it out.
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Yes. Some departments will get you in from application to academy in 90 days or less. Some can take over a year or even longer with some individuals. It's tough, but stick it out.
yea, i did my application in July, did PFT and Interview in late August, waited 2 months without anything, started hiring process early November....Im starting Monday but not going to the academy until March. That's 8 months from application to Academy.
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Good luck on your background check, hope it goes well for ya.
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Thanks guys!
Nothing in my background to worry about so I should be good to go.
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Double check yourself on the background. Dates and locations are very important. Do not leave anything out when you get the package to fill out. Good luck.
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If you have Facebook, make sure it's good to go. They will check!
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And if you get the job, keep us in mind! you might be able to drop a bug in the sheriff's ear about the right to CCW in CoCo County!

Good luck!
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Good luck. COCO academy is one of the hardest in CA. They take pride in making you miserable. My buddy made it a few months there before he failed out with an injury. He was a Marine Corps Scout Sniper and told me every day was harder than the first day of Marine Corps Basic. Have fun.
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Double check yourself on the background. Dates and locations are very important. Do not leave anything out when you get the package to fill out. Good luck.
Will do. I wouldn't want to have to go back and explain something later. Better to be overly honest up front.

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And if you get the job, keep us in mind! you might be able to drop a bug in the sheriff's ear about the right to CCW in CoCo County!

Good luck!
Wouldn't that be nice

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Good luck. COCO academy is one of the hardest in CA. They take pride in making you miserable. My buddy made it a few months there before he failed out with an injury. He was a Marine Corps Scout Sniper and told me every day was harder than the first day of Marine Corps Basic. Have fun.
Sounds like a tough challenge. All I can do is give it 100 if I make it there.


Ok silly question guys, when showing up for your written, what were you wearing? I by no means want to under dress but know at that point I don't need to be suited up until the Oral etc.
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Will do. I wouldn't want to have to go back and explain something later. Better to be overly honest up front.



Good advice! Will do.



Wouldn't that be nice



Sounds like a tough challenge. All I can do is give it 100 if I make it there.


Ok silly question guys, when showing up for your written, what were you wearing? I by no means want to under dress but know at that point I don't need to be suited up until the Oral etc.
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Not a silly question. Written test: long sleeve collared shirt, slacks, tie, dress shoes, etc. Basically a suit without the coat.

ALWAYS look really sharp. Clean shaven, haircut, upbeat. It helps.

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Thanks trob!
I appreciate it. Trying not to over think things but hard not to.
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Toughest part of the academy is the academics, PT isn't that bad unless you are a disgusting fat body. The memos you will write and the constant studying of LD's will take its toll, I'm sure that's why some former military find it so difficult. Army basic training was easier.
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Great thread, I just got my conditional job offer a few weeks ago and very excited to start in march! Patience is a MUST! Good luck, I'm sure you'll be fine.
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And if you get the job, keep us in mind! you might be able to drop a bug in the sheriff's ear about the right to CCW in CoCo County!

Good luck!
How about you let the kid get passed probation first ... lol Nothing like a rook telling the sheriff what to do
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One step at a time.

USMC that's great! Congrats!

Well I passed written and PAT with flying colors so off to my interview this coming Friday.

Any pointers? Thanks everyone.
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One step at a time.

USMC that's great! Congrats!

Well I passed written and PAT with flying colors so off to my interview this coming Friday.

Any pointers? Thanks everyone.
Study up on the Department itself, history and its mission statement. (Most likely on it Wed site. Also, prepare yourself to explain what special characteristics you possess that will assist the Department. And why you have chosen this agency. If you are hired they are going to spend lots of money training you, do not say something like as a stepping stone for XXX agency.

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I've been trying to memorize their mission statement but figure a good understanding of what they are striving for would be just as good to have under my belt.

Any thing else in particular I should verse myself on before hand?

Thanks again for all of the great feedback and pointers thus far, everyone!
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Not trying to incite anything. But a friend of mine injured himself in the academy, we'll he broke his jaw after the gas chamber. The academy staff rushed to the hospital to see him and they offered him a job on the spot. So do whatever works for you!

Last I heard he's working patrol now.
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Note to self: demolish face in academy for fast lane to job.
Just kidding of course.

How the heck did he manage to break his jaw after the chamber?! Ouch.
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Note to self: demolish face in academy for fast lane to job.
Just kidding of course.

How the heck did he manage to break his jaw after the chamber?! Ouch.
I heard was that when he was inside the gas chamber his buddy was supposed to guide him out of there like a battle buddy. I guess they both staggered out he felt dizzy and fell on top of a rock outside the door and had a seiziré, broke his jaw. It was a mess.

So they came to visit him in the hospital and offered him a job on the spot. He was given another chance to go to the next Academy class.
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Oh my god, talk about compounding problems! Horrible.
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Just had my oral interview. Think it went alright.
Now just a waiting game for "3-4 weeks for results."
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My wait was over 2 months without hearing a word after i did my oral board. And we had a small amount of applicants compared to CA.
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Guess it's time to hit the range, gym, and try not to think about it.
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Just had my oral interview. Think it went alright.
Now just a waiting game for "3-4 weeks for results."
COCO is fast, I got my results in less than 2 weeks. As of right now, I'm waiting for a BI to contact me for an interview. Good luck in your process
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Guess it's time to hit the range, gym, and try not to think about it.
Don't worry about the range, gym is more important. Think crossfit not heavy weights. Run 3 miles comfortably.
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Good to know BayLegend! Thanks and good luck to you as well.

Invisible_Dave, also good info. Thanks! I start every visit with a mile run, sounds like I should start to up it more and more.

Thanks guys.
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Good to know BayLegend! Thanks and good luck to you as well.

Invisible_Dave, also good info. Thanks! I start every visit with a mile run, sounds like I should start to up it more and more.

Thanks guys.
I think your good luck to me actually worked. Coco just contacted me today for the BI interview for next week. lol
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Nice! Congrats and good luck.
Hopefully I've got some good luck coming too!
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CoCo County! Hey guys, I've been lurking around on these forums for awhile but just got around to registering because of this thread.

I'm looking into applying for CoCo county sheriff in the future, just wondering on how the Mrs. or significant other handled/is handling the idea of applying. Any tips or pointers on how to ease them into the idea?
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CoCo County! Hey guys, I've been lurking around on these forums for awhile but just got around to registering because of this thread.

I'm looking into applying for CoCo county sheriff in the future, just wondering on how the Mrs. or significant other handled/is handling the idea of applying. Any tips or pointers on how to ease them into the idea?
I don't think there is much you can say to ease their mind on the idea of you becoming a law enforcement officer. My dad, a firefighter is all for the idea of me becoming a cop but on the other hand my mom is seriously concerned and worried about the whole thing. My girlfriend feels the same way as my mom.

For CoCo County Sheriffs, you can say you will be working the jails for a couple years and its relatively safe compared to out patrolling the streets immediately. Hopefully by the time you are a deputy working the jail, your family and your significant other can possibly ease up by then and accept the fact that this is what you want to do.

Maybe a veteran LEO can chime in and can give us some advice.
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From my experience which so far is only testing, make sure to sit down and talk about how time consuming the process is. It takes a lot out of you, hopefully the saying you get out what you put in runs true! If you ain't married you may turn up single or like me have an upset significant other that you don't have as much free time anymore.
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I'm single recently and that's when I made my move.
Time to do for me what I know is right besides trying to make someone else happy and holding myself back.
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I don't think there is much you can say to ease their mind on the idea of you becoming a law enforcement officer. My dad, a firefighter is all for the idea of me becoming a cop but on the other hand my mom is seriously concerned and worried about the whole thing. My girlfriend feels the same way as my mom.

For CoCo County Sheriffs, you can say you will be working the jails for a couple years and its relatively safe compared to out patrolling the streets immediately. Hopefully by the time you are a deputy working the jail, your family and your significant other can possibly ease up by then and accept the fact that this is what you want to do.

Maybe a veteran LEO can chime in and can give us some advice.
The feeling the the jail is "safer" than the street is an error in judgement and mindset. The threats are the same, the people are the same, the surroundings are different. If you need to sell it to your family that way, okay, but make sure your head is on straight before you hit academy/FTO.
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