The first step is to decide what type of position you are looking for. Are you interested in coming a police officer, a deputy sheriff, a criminal investigator such as a special agent, or do you want to work in a crime lab. It is not necessary to limit your considerations at this point. However, it is helpful to decide the type of position you are interested in, or even most interested in. If you are looking for a position with a crime lab, your job search will be different than if you are looking for a position with a police officer.
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Contact an agency you are interested in working for and ask if they have a person who handles recruiting questions. If they do, ask if you could meet with them in person, or just talk with them over the phone. If they do have anyone designated for recruiting, ask if there is someone in the department you could speak with about the agency. Prepare a list of questions to include;
Prior to meeting with someone or talking over the phone, you want to have done your homework by learning what you can about that agency. The agency website can be a good source for this information. By being knowledgeable will help you ask more informative questions, and will make a better impression.
Once you have made the determination about which agencies you would like to work for, it is time to start looking at who is hiring. The agency website will often list any opening they have. Some agencies start the hiring process by giving an exam. They will post when an exam is being given on their website. If they do not post their openings on their own website, they may state where opening for that agency are posted. Some state or federal agency may not list their opening on a website, but list them on a central state of federal website. Periodically check the agency website for any openings or exams being given.