Without warning, a law enforcement agent might have to put his life at risk to help someone in distress or to stop criminal behavior. Creating a resume for a professional law enforcement position requires a strong dedicated message and a detailed list of supporting qualifications. Incorporating an objective statement below your name and contact information allows you to list the specific position you're applying for and showcase a few top-notch skills.
Position or Line of Work
Due to the complex nature of the job and the variety of law enforcement job titles, it's best to state the exact job position or specific line of work in your objective statement. If you don't specify your employment intentions, your resume might get routed to the wrong department. Start your objective statement with a phrase such as, "To obtain a job as a city police officer," "Seeking a position as a detective" or "To obtain a position as a state patrol officer." Listing the specific position or line of work is especially important if the organization is trying to fill multiple positions.
Law enforcement is a competitive job market, so your educational background and academic accomplishments might move your resume to the top of the police chief's application pile. Listing your academic degrees also helps if you're applying for a management position or a supervisory role in a specific department. Westwood College cites the following as an example of an effective objective statement: "To obtain a position in law enforcement that allows me to utilize my degree in criminal justice to make my community a safer place." If you know the exact job title, substitute that information in place of the more general "in law enforcement" phrase. Education alone won't land you the job, but it might help you get your foot in the door.
Some organizations use computer software to scan resume submissions for keywords related to the job description. The software helps recruiters identify the strongest candidates and weed out appliants who don't meet minimal requirements. According to Westwood College, include words in your objective statement, such as "dedication," "teamwork," "leadership," "community problem-oriented policing," "crime trend analysis," "crime analysis," "traffic enforcement," "field experience" or "crisis management," so your resume doesn't go unnoticed. Since your objective statement is short and concise, use one or two keywords in your statement and incorporate others into the qualifications and experience sections of your resume. Don't include any keywords that don't apply to you, or you might have a difficult time explaining your resume if you're offered an interview.
Broward College Career Center reports that one of the main problems applicants encounter when writing an objective statement is being able to create one that's specific enough. For example, an objective statement such as, "A position allowing me to utilize my knowledge and expertise in different areas," doesn't reflect your ability to effectively patrol neighborhoods, issue citations, perform criminal investigations, enforce traffic laws, collect evidence or provide support at the scene of an accident. A generic objective statement doesn't reveal anything about your aspirations, expertise or strengths as an officer of the law.
As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.