Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Employment with an Underage Drinking Conviction
Q: Can I still pursue a law enforcement career if I have 2 underage drinking tickets? I got one when I was 15 and the other one when I was 18. Other than that I have a clean record.

A: I am not aware of Underage Drinking precluding you automatically from our hiring process. You can apply and speak with a recruiter about the situation prior to partaking of the process for more information.

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 3:53 PM  
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Factors in Hiring
Q.I am interested in becoming a cop and was told that if you have watched pornography you will automatically be disqualified. How true is that? My credit score isn't that good because of some hospital bills. Will i also be disqualified because of this?

A: Integrity of character is very important when going thought the hiring process as an applicant. Having viewed pornography in the past by itself may not be grounds for disqualification, but it will be a question that is asked of you (usually during the polygraph phase) and any deception detected there can rule you out. Credit scores and your financial history is viewed heavily by most departments as well to select the best candidates out of an applicant pool. Honesty in these ares is highly rated.

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 1:40 PM  
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Trouble as a Minor Preventing Hiring?
Q: I have been in the Army for 5 years, and I was interested in a career with the police dept. When I was a minor I got into trouble using marijuana. I was wondering if getting into trouble as a juvenile would bar me from becoming a police officer?

A: As the requirements on our Jobs page indicates, minor experimental use of marijuana is not necessarily grounds for ineligibility. Juvenile "troubles" may not preclude you from being a candidate, however ANY and all circumstances of illegal conduct should be disclosed on your applications and interviews. Omission of seemingly minor or embarrassing details is a lead disqualifier of candidates. Complete disclosure and honesty, combined with a clean record as an adult is your best bet. You can contact our training and recruiting office if you have a more specific question. Good luck to you!

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 8:53 PM  
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Getting Hired WhileOn Active Duty
Q: I am currently in the Army (deployed to Iraq), my enlistment will be up next fall, and I'm interested in applying to your department. I was wondering if I could apply in advance or if I'd have to wait until I'm out of the Army. I would obviously like to get
hired ASAP, but I'm concerned that if I applied ahead of time, that I'd be expected to be able to start right away. I'd appreciate any suggestions - thanks!

A: You would need to be available for testing and interview dates as required, so your best suggestion is to apply once you have fulfilled your military duties and are available. You can contact the training and recruiting division to discuss with them in more detail. Good luck to you!

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:46 AM  
Monday, December 17, 2007
When Are You Hiring?
Q:I have a friend (in WI) who is looking for work as a police officer in this area. I thought I recalled someone mentioning to me that SBPD had a fairly high "turn over" rate. which I think means that he may be able to get in there.

But before I "get his hopes up" I was wondering if you would be able to tell me for sure; if SBPD is currently accepting applications and when the next "test date" is. And honestly how good his chances would be if he were to apply, at getting a job with SBPD.

A: A few things. One, our officer "turn over" rate is VERY low. We are losing several officers this year to retirements, but we actually have a very competitive hiring applicant pool, especially with attracting officers who are already sworn from what I have seen. Applications are taken year round and are then placed into the next pool for testing dates. These are held several times per year, and the most recent one began just this weekend. I can tell you times from initial testing to hiring offes is about 6-8 months, which is VERY fast for agencies. If he is thinking of applying, encourage him to do so ASAP! Good luck!

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:58 AM  
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Domestic Violence Conviction and Hiring
Q: I was arrested in June of 1999 for Domestic Violence. Since then I have learned that my lawyer I had at that time told me to plead guilty to get out of jail quicker. I am now 26 years old and a lot smarter. My question is that I have always wanted to be a patrol officer since I was a child, but even if I have an expungement, will I ever be able to persue my dreams of being a police officer? After all, I am now qualified for being a Correctional Officer. I am physically fit and would love to protect and serve in your local community.

A: Having a Domestic Violence conviction will preculde you from becoming a police officer, since officer candidates cannot have a misdemeanor conviction involving domestic violence under [18 USC §922 (g)].

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 8:59 PM  
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Job Questions
Q: What are the shifts you can work, and when are you eligible for getting issued a take-home car and what kind of patrol car will you get?

A: After completing your 15 week Field Training (FTO) period, officers are assigned to work the afternoon or midnight shifts as need and preferences allow. Take home cars are issued at that time for use. Patrol cars currently in use are primarily Chevrolet Impalas and Dodge Intrepids. Check out our jobs page for more info too!

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:20 AM  
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Trying To Get Hired
Q:I am very interested in becoming a police officer in Indiana. I got out of the U.S. Army in April of 2006 I was in for almost five years and I served 12 months in Iraq. I am currently attending college but I have applied at numerous police departments but I am having no luck. Is there something I can do that will help me more?

A: The hiring process is very competetive and also very scrutinous to go through with many police agencies. I don't have specifics of your qualifications or background, so it is hard to give you exact advice. I would suggest that the most important things to look at in yourself is COMPLETE honesty on the application and interviews- it will only hurt you later. Also listing military experience, volunteerism and community service experience, as well as higher education/degrees are all things that are looked at as a competetive edge. Good luck to you!

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:45 AM  

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