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Enjoy this expertly developed sample police officer 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 ▪ (305) 555-5555 ▪ firstname.lastname@example.org OBJECTIVE New and dedicated resident of Miami seeking a position as Police Officer and an opportunity to protect and serve the community. PROFILE Personal commitment to upholding the highest standards of the law. Enrolled in a criminal justice degree program; possess college degrees in psychology and business. Disciplined leader with the proven ability to remain calm and deliver results in high-pressure situations. Excel at solving problems independently while incorporating sound advice from peers and superiors. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; trustworthy in handling sensitive information. Capacity to assist diverse populations with compassion, patience, and understanding. Adept at guiding, influencing, and empowering others to maintain law and order. Skilled at resolving conflicts and diffusing hostility amidst adversity. Enthusiasm for working with the community to create preventive solutions. Demonstrated ability to use discretion wisely and make positive impressions within the community. EXPERIENCE Police Officer, City of Fall River – Fall River, MA (20xx to 20xx) Patrolled a high crime rate area of the city and responded to dispatch calls to enforce laws and ensure public safety. Investigated criminal activity; interviewed victims, witnesses, and suspects. Preserved crime scenes, gathered evidence, and arrested suspects. Enforced traffic laws and investigated vehicle collisions. Wrote accurate and complete reports. Testified in court. Educated public on crime prevention. Introduced Neighborhood Watch Program to areas in need; supported residents’ efforts through education and quick response. Collaborated with BART Police Department to decrease violent crime rate around property. Delivered monthly presentation on district drug arrests to supervisors and community leaders. Earned five citations from Criminal Investigation Division and one Stolen Recovery Pin. Police Officer, Boston Police Department – Boston River, MA (20xx to 20xx) Performed citywide patrols, investigations, and enforcement functions for a city of 600,000. Collaborated with citizens and community agencies to prevent and solve crimes. Testified in court as needed. Wrote accurate and effective documentation, reports, and correspondence. Selected to train new and developing recruits. Served as Officer in Charge (OIC) as requested and in the absence of the Sector Sergeant. Reduced the number of lost and delinquent reports by developing and implementing a more effective administrative system. Earned the Eastern District “Top Cop” Award, 20xx. Awarded Special Service Commendation for Crime Reduction, 20xx. Received numerous letters of appreciation from community residents. EDUCATION XYZ COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Fall River, MA Bachelor of Arts Program – Criminal Justice (GPA: 4.0) ▪ 20xx Program Course Work: Criminal Justice, Report Writing and Information Systems, Law Enforcement Management and Planning, Police and Community Relations, Juvenile Offenders, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Procedure, Criminalistics 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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