2011 Police Promotion Exam for Sergeant Lieutenant and Captain

The October 2011 exam is right around the corner, and the more people I speak to the more frustration I hear in referance to the whole process. The last exam was the worst I had seen in over a decade of taking exams. However, the important thing is to not get frustrated and realize a few points.

1. History repeats itself. By that I mean that whenever a horrid exam has been given in the past (2002, 2010) it has been followed by a less tough followup. Why this happens is one of practicality. Appointing authorities need a deep list to compensate for the shorter ones they are forced to live with from the tougher exam. They also don’t want to promote too much discouragement as well.

2. Let the past bury itself. I know a lot of good cops and potentially very good supervisors who failed the last exam (alot by a point or two). Let it go. We have all died on lists in the past and the prospect of taking another exam leaves many questions and self doubt in mind. Take a fresh approach, and realize this exam will be better.

3. You weren’t alone in that beating everyone took. Now is the time to get back up and onto the horse. Somebody is going to get back on the horse and it might as well be you. Somebody is going to be promoted (and alot of somebodies at that) and why shouldn’t it be you? If you give up then its no ones loss but your own.

Next week I will be posting our model plan for preparing for the promotion exam, including how and when to begin touching on materials.

Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to RSellon@PoliceLegalPromotions.com
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