Most positions in law enforcement (including at the federal level) require a certain amount of vetting prior to hire. Depending on the position, this vetting can take the form of physical fitness testing, logic and reasoning evaluations, background investigations, and more. The time it takes to complete this process can vary depending on position, agency, jurisdiction, and specific factors related to the applicant. I know of situations where individuals were hired within a few months, and I know of others where the application process takes well over a year. It really just depends.
Jordan recommends the following next steps:
- Create a list of attributes for your ideal career, regardless of whether you know the career currently exists or not. Rank these attributes on a scale of importance, with things you excel in and things that matter most to you towards the top.
- Identify organizations with mission statements that align with your interests or beliefs.
- Search the identified organizations for open positions that interest you, based on the list you made in Step 1.
- Communicate with recruiters, experienced professionals, and others in your intended field of interest to best assess whether your intended trajectory is suitable for you.
- Apply to organizations that you can support, and to positions that best reflect who you are and who you want to be. If you're hired, great! If not, don't give up! Reevaluate the previous steps and repeat as needed.