Where to Find a Job

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Here are some direct links to places where you can look for second careers, starting with those directly related to law enforcement and then looking at some of the big job sites that also have police-related jobs.

ASIS International is a global security organization https://securityjobs.asisonline.org/Pages/default.aspx

SSR Personnel http://www.ssr-personnel.com/

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) http://www.acfe.com/job-board.aspx

Go Law Enforcement http://www.golawenforcement.com/

911 Hot Jobs http://www.911hotjobs.com/

Careers in Government http://www.careersingovernment.com/

The Blue Line http://www.theblueline.com/

Jobs by State http://crime.about.com/od/police/a/state_jobs.htm

International Association of Chiefs of Police http://www.theiacp.org/ Not all jobs listed here are police executive jobs.

Police One http://www.policeone.com/police-careers/

Shadow Freight Security https://www.shadowfreight.com/security-jobs-police-officers Interesting firm that hires retired police.

National Association of Retired Police Officers (UK) http://www.narpo.org/index.php/situations-vacant.html

Off Duty (UK) http://www.offduty.co.uk/

Blue Line Jobs (UK) https://www.bluelinejobs.co.uk/jobs/search

All Police Jobs (UK) http://www.allpolicejobs.co.uk/

Police Oracle (UK) https://jobs.policeoracle.com/

Police Skills (UK) https://www.policeskills.co.uk/

Cop Jobs (Canada) http://copjobs.ca/

Workopolis (Canada) http://www.workopolis.com/EN/Common/HomePage.aspx

 

Not all countries have job sites specific to law enforcement such as those above. If that’s where you are, search the big job boards that work internationally. They do have jobs related to law enforcement and they’re easy to find. Just search by country and the type of job you’re interested in. Here are some of the big ones:

Indeed http://www.indeed.com/

Monster http://english.monster.ca/geo/siteselection

Career Builder http://www.careerbuilder.ca/

And an interesting site with an even longer list of employment sites, the International Association of Employment Web Sites http://www.employmentwebsites.org/our-mission

 

This post is not an exhaustive list. There are probably more places out there to look for a job. If you know of a link to a good law enforcement job site, please let me know so we can share the information with others.

 

Writing as a Second Career

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I always wanted to be a writer, until I became a cop. Then I wrote so many police reports that I never wanted to write anything again. After I left policing, I went into a second career, still in investigations. More reports! Finally, when I was done with regular jobs, that old yearning returned and I decided to write a book.

Who has more stories than street cops? People are fascinated by police work and love reading about it. Crime, mystery, intrigue. There seems to be no end to the public interest in reading about police and police experiences. And who knows more about the often strange and bizarre world of police work than those who have done it for a living? Like you.

But set the story ideas aside for a moment. After years working in a police bureaucracy, how does not having a boss sound? Pretty appealing? Write for a second career and you’ll see what it’s like to work on your own schedule, without a boss. Feel like working at ten in the morning or midnight? It’s up to you.

Lots of street cops have gone on to become writers. For example, Stuart Leishman is a retired Detective-Sergeant who recently published The Detectives, a book about some of the criminal investigations he was involved in. Michael Black is a retired police sergeant from the Chicago area who has over forty articles, thirty short stories, and twenty-three novels to his credit. He’s currently working on his eighth book in the Executioner series. Here’s a link to his website so you can get an idea of how his police career transitioned into a writing career. http://michaelablack.com/ Bill Sharp had a long, long career in the RCMP and then wrote Cop – Forty-three Years in The Royal Canadian Mounted Police. (And I think Bill deserves a medal for just surviving police work that long!)

If you decide to become a writer, do some reading and see how publishing has changed. There are all sorts of ways to get published now. Like blogging! You can pitch your writing to a traditional publisher or self-publish and still find your work available for all the world to view. One thing I learned along the way was to shed the police style of writing. I had to get rid of my police report style of writing and lighten up as I wrote. Imagine trying to get through a book that reads like a court document or next year’s budget report … just wouldn’t work would it.

Sophie, my writing companion

Sophie, my writing companion

Writing can be a solitary occupation and after the support you’ve had in your police career you’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to do this completely alone. There are many writers groups, conferences, and courses where you can find support. Check out the Public Safety Writers Association at http://policewriter.com/wordpress/ Do the pictures on the site look familiar? That’s because a lot of the members are police officers and retired police officers. If you’re a street cop who wants to be a writer, this is the ideal group to support you in your writing journey.

There are a million stories out there. You’ve got some of them. If writing is your way of having a second career, take those stories and turn them into ideas that you can publish.PSWA Member graphic

Where To Find Free Advice

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There’s a lot of second career information out there. Almost too much. In fact, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with suggestions, self-analysis, and strategies for your individual game plan. Do yourself a big favor and avoid the shotgun approach. Pick a few good sources of information. Expand your knowledge base as you find resources that suit you. Take your time in absorbing this new information so you feel comfortable with the path you’re on.

LinkedIn is a good place to start. It’s loaded with information. I’d suggest taking note of groups that relate to your future plans. Click on the Interests tab at top, then Groups. This is where you can get some useful support. There are groups on LinkedIn you would be eligible to join because you’re a police officer or retired police officer. Here are some that can help with your second career planning:

  • Former Police Officers in Business
  • Retired Law Enforcement
  • ASIS International (particularly good for second careers in the security industry)
  • Police – Life after the job
  • Professional Private Investigators
  • Encore.org (all about second careers while helping to make the world a better place)

They all post useful tips. Search for other LinkedIn groups that interest you and fit with your ideas for a second career. There are thousands available.

LinkedIn is also where you organize your network and connect with other professionals. I made many contacts during my police career and second career. Now I use LinkedIn to stay connected to them. It’s a powerful tool in your second career tool kit. The basic package is free and more than adequate.

Forget that Twitter sounds like a child’s game. It’s anything but! Twitter is an excellent source of information for you and your second career plans. Here’s why: all the experts are on Twitter. No one in business can ignore social media these days and that includes career coaches. They post (free) information about a wide variety of career subjects, including second career planning. Again, avoid the shotgun approach and pick a few to follow. Twitter has a search tool that can find ones that interest you.

Pick up a good book about second career planning. Start with your free public library and if you don’t find what you want there, try a good bookstore. Look in the Business or Careers section. I’ve noted some books in the Resources section of my website that can help.

You’re probably a very busy person. Keeping all the balls in the air while you pursue your police career and the rest of your life likely has you running flat out. So plan your second career as you go along using these simple resources. That way, you don’t have to have a second career planning a second career!