In the law enforcement industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts demand for police officers and detectives will increase 5 percent through the year 2022. This growth will make jobs available, but applicants must expect competition for these jobs.
Having knowledge of what traits and skills law enforcement agencies across the country want in candidates will help students strongly compete for open positions.
Writing and communication: Report writing is an important part of the job for law enforcement officers, and departments are looking for officers who can communicate well in those reports. They have the potential for being reviewed by other officers, by the media, involved in court cases, and reviewed by many other professionals, which is why good communication skills are so important. What may surprise some applicants is that these writing skills are exactly that — often handwritten. Many departments don’t have the high-tech computer systems found in the detective shows on TV, making computer skills less important than effective communication skills, both written and oral.
Ethics/integrity: Police officers may face many ethical issues on a daily or weekly basis, and how an officer behaves in these situations could affect an individual, business or even the community as a whole. Many college programs require criminal justice students to complete an ethics course to ensure they’re prepared for the law enforcement working environment.
Community involvement: Many police departments require their officers to live within the community. Officers involved in the community are generally more effective in their careers.
Physical fitness: Physical fitness prior to and during the testing process is critical if you want to get the career of your choice. Students wanting to be competitive for those open positions should begin additional physical training on their own.
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BBB Watch
Remember, wire transfers and prepaid debit transactions cannot be tracked or reversed. Scammers often demand money by wire transfer because it is like sending cash, once the transfer is sent it cannot be undone. Prepaid debit cards are similar, once you give the access numbers to the scammer, they cannot be retrieved.
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The List
Here are the seven best tech companies to work for in 2014, according to Mashable:
1. Elite SEM
2. Interactive Intelligence
3. Twitter
4. 360i
5. Text100
6. Crowdtap
7. Google

Number to Know
$9.84: You spot a recent strange charge of $9.84 on your credit card statement. The source listed on your bill is an unfamiliar website. You check out the web address, and it’s not the business website. Scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers for a small amount of money. (Recent victims were all charged $9.84, but scammers may change that amount as word gets out.) The expectation is that many cardholders won’t notice the relatively small charge, and the credit card companies won’t go after such a minor sum.
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Tech Talk
Other than closing apps running in the background, a way to conserve battery power on your tablet or mobile device is to adjust your screen light intensity. Adjust settings to as low as is comfortable without straining your eyes.
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