Charles Shewmaker

Charles ShewmakerI first applied through, which was very easy and painless. I received an email 10 days later for the next step. I thought it was awesome that people were given the opportunity to practice and get pointers for the physical fitness portion.

I found the civil service test to be very long with a lot of reading. I was frustrated that I ran out of time, due to lack of sleep the night before from being at the hospital for my child’s birth. I also found the physical test to be very easy to pass. It could be a little more difficult.

Completing the Personal History Statement was long and tedious due to the information that needed to be gathered. It was simple and we were given ample time to complete it. I waited about 5 weeks before I was contacted to proceed through the hiring process.

My polygraph was interesting but very easy. The pre-polygraph interview with Officer Gard helped ease nervousness by answering all of my questions. After that, I had a ride along on B nights that removed any doubt or questions about choosing Irving Police Department (IPD) as my new career choice.

My oral board was one of the tougher things I had to do but was straight forward and fair. The psychological exam was easy but long. There are so many questions. SO MANY! Next was medical and that was very frustrating due to the time it took. Overall, I felt the hiring process was very smooth and streamlined.

Now that I am hired and waiting for the basic academy, I have been working out at both police stations, the academy and participating in ride-outs. I have been given the opportunity to experience what makes the IPD a well-oiled and functional machine.