Letter of Reccomendation/Reference
Can someone post an example of a good letter of reference or recommendation for a entry level police officer position.
Currently I am in the military and my CO is going to write one for me but he would like to see an example.
Law enforcement hiring is not similar to what you find with a private business, so I really don't think a letter will help.
If you are applying with a civil service agency then the hiring process will be very structured. Whether or not you are hired will depend solely on your getting a passing test score and being high enough on the list to get picked before the hiring list expires. You background basically looks for grounds to disqualify you.
Under the circumstances, a letter of recommendation is pretty much worthless.
Most of the agencies i have been applying to want 2 letters of reference and some want letters of recommendation.
I think that a letter coming from a very high ranking military official talking about your character and why you hold a top secret security clearance would be pretty helpful.
Rather than having your commanding officer draft a letter, I would suggest using him as a reference, with his prior approval, to as to your charachter and work ethic. That is what I did with my C.O. and platoon commander before leaving active duty in the Corps......
Best of luck!
Letter of Recommendation/Reference
Posterchild, you've recieved two very excellent pieces of advice from both L-1, and LPD concerning the letter of reference. I will concede that in the process of applying to a small department, such a letter could be helpful, but in a formal, highly structured process, such as for a large city/county, or virtually any state agency, such a letter would be of little,if any help. Should you advance to the portion of the process where references are asked for, you might, as LPD suggested, list a commanding officer as a reference.