After graduating in December 2017, I realized the career path that I had chosen wasn’t right for me. I decided to pursue what I have always wanted to do which was serve my community. I took my first step by applying to various agencies which included Plano, Mesquite, Dallas and Irving.
Leading up to the Irving Civil Service exam, I attended the practice physical fitness tests that the department was offering. These practices proved to be very beneficial, and I believe to be key in my hiring and my decision in choosing Irving as the community I would serve. Irving's Human Resources Department painted a clear picture of what it meant to be an Irving police officer and the expectations that follow.
I took the Irving Civil Service exam on March 24, 2018, and it proved to be one of the more challenging exams out of all the ones I took for police. But I expected nothing less, considering how highly regarded this department is throughout the Metroplex. I felt confident on how well I did on the exam and how I performed on the physical fitness test, so I patiently waited for the call. After filling out and turning in the Personal History Statement, it was only a few weeks before I heard back from them with the good news that I was moving on through the process.
Once we got the ball rolling, everything fell into place. Staff was very flexible in working me through the process while I was still working full-time and part-time with previous employers. We took each step one week at a time while working it around my busy schedule.
I took the polygraph in May, and the rest of the process which included the oral board, psychological evaluation and medical evaluation happened all in the following weeks. It was a swift process. In all, the process took three months.
I was hired on June 25 and have been learning the ins and outs of the Irving Police Department since. I have seen how everyone in the department works together towards the common goal of providing exceptional service to the City of Irving residents. More importantly, I have learned the standards, expectations and values of an Irving police officer. Spending this time around the station has helped me better understand what and who it is I will be representing at the academy this upcoming fall.
Three months through the Police Academy
My time at the Academy has been a great experience thus far. The coordinators and instructors are truly here to give us everything needed to be prepared for the field. They are all deeply invested in our success and it shows every day. The COG Academy is the perfect example of how people from different walks of life and different parts of the world can come together for a common goal. Becoming the best version of ourselves to better protect and serve our communities. No one walks alone. 22 weeks seemed like a long time at the start of the academy, but now it seems like it isn’t long enough. We have just passed the halfway point and are moving into the more hands-on portion of the process. I am really looking forward to the upcoming weeks as we take on building searches, driving,and firearms.