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A good police officer cover letter is the only way the Chief knows you’re flesh and blood. Without it, your resume is just a list of job duties like the 75 others on his desktop. How will he know you’re responsible, efficient, and have great interpersonal skills? He’ll know because your cover letter will tell him.
But—you can’t just describe yourself in glowing terms and expect to get interviews. You’ll have to build your case with evidence from your career or training so far. Your time at the academy or your time in uniform have hidden gems. Those things are exhibits A, B, and C to get you interviewed.
It’s all in how you put them in the right law enforcement cover letter format.
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Why it all comes down to your understanding of the department’s needs.
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Tom Gerencer is a career expert and Certified Professional Resume Writer who has published over 200 in-depth articles on Zety. Since 2016, he has been sharing advice on all things recruitment from writing winning resumes and cover letters to getting a promotion.