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Enjoy this expertly developed sample police captain resume with complimentary cover letter strategies included. Unlike most resume samples you will find, this one is a completely editable Word document, which means you can revise this resume as needed to suit your needs while keeping the stylish format in tact.
JESSE KENDALL 123 Elm Street ~ Miami, FL 33183 ~  555-5555 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE CAPTAIN Dedicated, high-energy law enforcement professional with years of progressively responsible and successful experience serving the public. Able to work in dangerous and stressful situations with meticulous attention to detail, using thorough, intensive search techniques in the investigative process. Skilled at collaborating with regional, state, and federal law enforcement officials on investigative matters. Intuitive, persuasive, compassionate officer willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure public safety; received numerous commendations from federal, state, and local officials, managers, and citizens. Able to interact effectively at various social levels and across diverse cultures. Demonstrated qualifications include: Law Enforcement Personal Protection Tactical Field Operations Investigations Management Evidence Collection & Processing Covert Operations Electronic Surveillance Security Operations Search & Seizure Interrogation Search & Rescue Professional Development Hostage Negotiations K-9 Unit Management Training & Supervision Conflict Resolution Emergency Planning & Response Public Relations SERVICE & PROTECTION FLORIDA STATE POLICE 20xx – Present Police Captain, Office of Professional Standards (20xx – Present) Report directly to the Superintendent’s office; possess broad authority to deal with issues of accountability and professional standards throughout all agency divisions. Ensured the highest ethical standards were maintained by working closely with labor organizations and all members of the agency management team. Served as a member of the agency executive team. Captain, Support Services Bureau (20xx – 20xx) Managed five divisions with broad budget responsibility. Worked with each division Director to develop budgets and program goals; presented the agency budget to the legislature. Provided statewide public safety services in the areas of crime labs, forensic pathology, and security for the state lottery, Indian gaming facilities, and law enforcement data/criminal history files. Oversaw internal administrative services for human resources, payroll, labor relations, purchasing, facilities, safety, wireless communications, and computer services. Supervised the Director of the Florida Wireless Interoperability Network; focused on establishing statewide public safety interoperable radio service. Appointed by the Governor to the State Interoperability Executive Council; provided planning and development of the OWIN public safety interoperable radio system. Captain, Office of Professional Standards (20xx – 20xx) Directed all activities of the Office of Professional Standards, including internal investigations of personnel and criminal matters. Oversaw legal matters, including tort and lawsuit management, risk management, supervision of the agency safety program, and all aspects of labor relations. Conducted negotiations and administration of all labor agreements. Played a key role in improving poor relations between the police union and agency administration. Effectively negotiated labor contracts, settled grievances, and successfully resolved complex disciplinary issues/legal matters through the courts. EDUCATION Miami Police Academy – Miami, FL, 20xx Dale Carnegie Human Relations and Public Speaking, 20xx XYZ Vocational and Technical School – Miami, FL, 20xx XYZ High School Graduate – Miami, FL, 20xx Creating a Compelling Cover Letter A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring personnel to shortlist the applications. Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed by the ones with poorly written cover letters. Avoid this fate by following these effective strategies: Address your cover letter appropriately: Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter to that individual. The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” Avoid using Miss or Mrs., and do not address your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are unsure of your contact’s gender, address them by their first and last name, as in “Dear Pat Smith,” to avoid an embarrassing mistake. If you don’t know the name of the hiring manager, simply use the greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,”– it’s clear, to the point, and gender neutral. Get to the point in your opening paragraph: One of the most common interviewing questions employers ask is “Why should I hire you among other candidates?” Provide an answer to that question right off the bat in your opening paragraph. This is a very important section because it is the first thing the employer will read. It must be powerful and make an immediate impact. Be sure sell yourself and your unique abilities. Do not use a generic opening paragraph that can apply to any Tom, Dick or Harry. Every line should sell you, so use aggressive language here and throughout the rest of your cover letter. For example, instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for your advertised Corporate Finance Director position.” you can write “A background in finance management and a proven record of developing effective strategies that drive revenue, growth and shareholder value make me a strong candidate for your advertised Corporate Finance Director position.” Show your interest and sell your accomplishments in the body of the letter: In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient to a successful job search. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a company, the better your chances are to secure an interview. Get to know the company’s mission and new corporate initiatives, and tell them how you can help them meet their objectives or resolve their problems. Praise the company for public recognitions or recent accomplishments. The employer will surely take notice of your active interest. Use “I” and “my” sparingly. Try not to use these words more than six times in your cover letter. You need to focus on what you will bring to the company and how you will help them improve their profitability. Too much use of the word “I” will also make your letter look elementary and poorly written. For executive-level candidates and professionals with substantial achievements, a bullet point format is often the most effective and efficient way to highlight accomplishments. If you fall into this category, be sure to keep the bullet point statements unique and fresh. Do not copy and paste the exact same phrases from the resume as it will make you look lazy. All sentences and achievements transferred from the resume should be rephrased. Close your letter with a strong paragraph: In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview and provide contact information. This is also the ideal place to mention your salary requirements (if the employer insists on it), or your desire to relocate. To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call within a week to follow up. This is a great way to ensure the resume was successfully received, and it creates an opportunity to establish a dialog. However, do not mention this in your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up. In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition. Remember that the goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.
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