We had the privilege of hosting the Milford Police Department for a virtual recruitment event yesterday. The recruiting officers shared the benefits of working for the City of Milford; but also took the time to discuss the benefits of a career in law enforcement, and the qualities and qualifications police departments are seeking during the application process. They are currently seeking entry-level police officers and have an application deadline of October 15th for a December/January start. What they shared about the Milford PD is that they are a very progressive department that incorporates extensive training & development opportunities and are always seeking ways to improve. They have unmatched community partnerships that other departments have taken notice to. They are a very self-sufficient department and offer promotions as quickly as five years after you start. They also mentioned you do not need to relocate, if you are outside their geographic standards, until you are enrolled in the academy.
They offered general insight into the common mistakes applicants make as they prepare and perform the different components of the interview process. One key takeaway is that several candidates tend to let their nerves get the best of them, and therefore do not allow their true character shine through. They offered advice on how to combat those nerves through extensive interview practice. Professor Patrick Morris added the value of doing your research on the department and town prior to the interview; not only as a way to ease the conversation but to ease the candidate’s nerves and increase confidence. Morris also suggested to familiarize yourself with the CT police accountability bill. One of the officers who runs the polygraph test during the interview process told us that one of the biggest mistakes candidates make is their lack of veracity during the polygraph; that everyone makes mistakes and to own those mistakes rather than being shameful of them. In addition, they stated that the one part of the test you can truly prepare for is the physical test, since you know the expectations; yet many get eliminated during this portion.
They advise that you come presentable to each stage of the interview process, don’t get too arrogant (know your limits and strengths), and to showcase your strong communication skills. Communication skills are particularly pertinent right now due to the recent discussion of de-escalation strategies in law enforcement. They also love to see candidates with university leadership roles, particularly those involved in residential life, since that requires a lot of skills that can be transferred to a career as a police officer. In addition, they value strong references.
All of our panelists agreed that the biggest perk about being in law enforcement is the comradery and support you receive from fellow officers and the greater community. They also value community engagement as a large benefit about the position versus other career paths that may be more siloed.
On behalf of SHU, we thank you Lieutenant Garon Delmonte, Sergeant Tom Wardowski, and Officer Marilisa Anania for the informative session.