I took the Civil Service exam and physical fitness test in July 2018. I did not know and waited to see my score and hear from the department’s background investigators. Filling out the personal history statement was time consuming, due to the fact that I had to obtain various documents from out of state and wait for my references to be interviewed. Ten days after the exam I was contacted by an investigator to begin the background process. The investigator conducted a pre-polygraph interview, which consisted of reviewing questions from my personal history statement. The polygraph was a new and exciting experience. I had always wanted to participate in a polygraph examination! I tried my best to prepare for my oral board interview by researching the department’s history and community initiatives. My oral board was extensive, and consisted of mostly scenario-based questions. Following the oral board I was given a conditional offer of employment! I then went and completed a medical and psychological evaluation. I found the psychological evaluation to be very interesting. I was officially hired on October 15, 2018, and spent a couple weeks learning more about the department and assisting with various administrative tasks until starting the police academy on October 29. Overall, my experience with the hiring process was a positive one. I feel very proud to be working for and representing the Irving Police Department; it’s apparent that Irving is highly respected around the metroplex and the state of Texas and I’m excited to begin my career.