Dr. Larry F. Jetmore
In my column for PoliceOne, I share the expertise I've gained over years of researching, creating and administering every type of police examination process used to select and promote the people we entrust to protect us and enforce our laws. My articles are designed to help you advance your career and gain promotion by giving you a competitive edge, preparing you for excellence, teaching you how to achieve high scores in the examination process and motivating you toward success.
Unlike the private sector, which rarely uses civil-service-type testing to promote people, law enforcement uses a competitive testing process designed to predict who among the candidates will be most successful in performing the job. Opportunities for advancement narrow significantly at the higher rungs of the career advancement ladder. In our profession, often only one-tenth of a point separates those who get promoted from those who end up near the top of an expired civil service list.
Regardless of whether you'll be taking a written examination, an oral test, going through an assessment center or being evaluated on your professional training and experience, these articles will sharpen your test-taking skills. Get yourself a three-ring binder and place each article in it. My goal is to systematically provide you with the information you need to succeed.
However, be mindful that I can only show you the door and give you some of the keys to open and walk through it. It's been my experience that success depends on hard work. Written above the door are the words persistence, motivation and consistent studying.
I didn't achieve higher scores than my competitors on my promotional examinations because I was a better cop or more intelligent than they were. I beat all of them because I studied longer and harder, learned how police examinations were created, and I interviewed people who achieved extremely high scores and asked hem how they did it.
Full list of Dr. Larry F. Jetmore results
Drift: Shifting our law enforcement norms–
Drift may be defined as what occurs when there is a shifting of norms — or standards — over a period of time, causing new norms — or standards — to form
Rational Emotive Therapy for modern day warriors–
We are living at a time of the claw and the fang, where the care-giving aspects of policing are practiced in an environment of hopelessness, despair, and corruption
Making the case for assessment center testing–
High test marks on a paper and pencil test are a poor predictor of future work related success
7 winning techniques for independent learning–
Becaming a specialist in any field not only can make you extremely valuable within the police organization, but can set you up for life after pulling the pin
Answers to the 3 most common questions about promotional exams–
Here's what you need to know
Oral examinations: The first few moments–
Simply put, candidates leave valuable points on the table in the opening moments of the oral test because they fail to distinguish themselves from other qualified candidates
5 secrets to testing for promotion–
Find someone to coach you, it’s worth a few points on the exam and may mean the difference between getting promoted or not
So, you want to be a Chief of Police?–
Ambition is a good thing but getting to the top takes more than just an excellent resume and Masters in Public Administration
Assessment center promotional testing–
It has now become rare not incorporate some form of assessment center testing in the examination processes, especially for the higher police ranks
Ode to the career of a law officer: "We"–
We are know by many names: police officer, trooper, marshal, sheriff, agent, inspector, and others
How to prepare and master police oral examinations when applying for a promotion–
Study after study indicates that the ability to communicate, especially oral communication as opposed to written communication, is absolutely critical
Is political interference returning to the selection process?–
Despite rules and processes to limit improper political considerations in the police selection and promotion process, some recent examples are disheartening
Winning strategies for police promotional exams–
One of the keys to winning that promotion is to prepare now for the test that hasn't even been scheduled yet
Life after pulling the pin: 10 interview skills–
What employer wants to hire a 50-year-old person new to a profession? Not many, unless you take steps right now to secure your future.
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