5 episodes

Welcome future peace officers to the Law Enforcement Guru Podcast, where you will receive actionable advice and guidance to get you hired by a police agency and prepare you to survive the police application and selection process.

Your host is former Deputy Chief Tony Levatino, with over 30 years, has mentored hundreds of individuals through all phases of the process, and I am here to help you get the job of your dreams.

Each week we provide tips, techniques, and tactics to help you prepare, in addition to conducting in-depth interviews with recruiters, background investigators, polygraph examiners, and oral board members who will tell you exactly what they are looking for in a police applicant.

Along the way, we will be talking with law enforcement professionals from various agencies about their careers and provide valuable insights about the opportunities available to you.

So please take a second and subscribe to the Law Enforcement Guru Podcast on Apple iTunes or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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Welcome future peace officers to the Law Enforcement Guru Podcast, where you will receive actionable advice and guidance to get you hired by a police agency and prepare you to survive the police application and selection process.

Your host is former Deputy Chief Tony Levatino, with over 30 years, has mentored hundreds of individuals through all phases of the process, and I am here to help you get the job of your dreams.

Each week we provide tips, techniques, and tactics to help you prepare, in addition to conducting in-depth interviews with recruiters, background investigators, polygraph examiners, and oral board members who will tell you exactly what they are looking for in a police applicant.

Along the way, we will be talking with law enforcement professionals from various agencies about their careers and provide valuable insights about the opportunities available to you.

So please take a second and subscribe to the Law Enforcement Guru Podcast on Apple iTunes or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

    EPISODE 004: My Law Enforcement Journey

    EPISODE 004: My Law Enforcement Journey

    Hello everyone. Welcome to Episode 4 of the Law Enforcement Guru Podcast, where you will find actionable advice on how to accomplish your goal of becoming a law enforcement officer. Visit LawEnforcementGuru.com for additional resources and connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. As always, subscribe to this podcast on your favorite podcast app.
    There is no singular path to a law enforcement career. It's a straight course for some of you, but for others, it's a winding path. It is my goal to provide clarity and assist you with critical career decisions. I didn't wish Episode 1 to be all about me, but at some point, I know you would have asked yourself, "Who is this guy doing this podcast?"
    I retired in 2012 from the Santa Ana Police Department in Southern California after 30 years of service. I rose through the ranks from an officer, corporal, sergeant, commander, and ultimately deputy chief. The most important thing about my journey is I started precisely where most of you are at this very moment – as a civilian applying for a job as a peace officer.
    Please listen to this episode to hear the rest of my journey.
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    Email: tony@lawenforcementguru.com.
    0:00 Every Cop Has a Story
    2:00 My Law Enforcement Journey
    4:00 From College to Police Academy
    5:52 The Academy Begins
    9:00 I Finally Was Hired

    • 14 min
    EPISODE 003: Police Agency Ride Alongs

    EPISODE 003: Police Agency Ride Alongs

    A Ride-Along is a department program that allows individuals to ride a shift with an officer on patrol. The program's original purpose was to permit community members to observe the police department's day-to-day activities. Even if you have yet to apply for an agency and are merely contemplating a career, you should ask your local agency if they have a Ride-Along program.
    Each agency will have specific eligibility requirements, such as age restrictions and passing a brief background investigation. Age requirements could be at least 14, 16, or 18, or 21 years old, and many require you to be a student or an applicant who has passed the Physical Agility Test and written test for their agency. So check to make sure you meet the minimum requirements before applying. You will typically find these on their website, but call the agency's recruiter when in doubt.
    Even if you had been on Ride-Alongs with other agencies, you need to go on one with the agency where you applied. Responding to a wide variety of calls with an active officer is the closest you will get to actually understanding the type of work you will encounter as an officer. The fact you went on the Ride-Along will demonstrate you are serious about the process, and you may be able to weave the experience into at least one answer during the interview.
    Click on the following links to join our community:
    Website: https://lawenforcementguru.com/ (LawEnforcementGuru.com).
    Subscribe to the https://law-enforcement-guru.captivate.fm/listen (LE Guru Podcast).
    Subscribe to our https://www.aweber.com/users/landing_pages/edit/bba714c9-c461-4dec-8509-53db22197bd7 (Email List).
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    Visit us on https://www.instagram.com/lawenforcementguru/ (Instagram) for daily content and motivation.
    Connect with us on https://twitter.com/LawEnfGuru (Twitter).
    Email: tony@lawenforcementguru.com.
    00:37 Why Go on a Ride-Along?
    2:30 Ride Along Minimum Requirements
    4:21 Are Ride Alongs Dangerous?
    6:27 Ride Along Do's and Don'ts
    9:00 Your Opportunity to Ask Questions

    • 10 min
    EPISODE 002: Why Do You Want to Be a Police Officer?

    EPISODE 002: Why Do You Want to Be a Police Officer?

    Welcome to Episode 002 of the Law Enforcement Guru Podcast, where I will provide you the tips, tactics, and techniques to help you achieve your goal of becoming a law enforcement officer.
    I am your host, Retired Deputy Chief Tony Levatino, and I want to thank you for joining me today; and I know you will find this episode valuable. We will be talking about how to answer the fundamental question, "Why do you want to be a law enforcement officer?" or the variation, "Why do you want to work for our agency?"
    We will outline the "Three-Part Response" comprised of a beginning, middle, and end.
    The beginning would be when your first spark of interest in a law enforcement career occurred. It is an opportunity to tell the panel why you are there in the first place. For some of you, maybe a relative, acquaintance, an officer who did a presentation at your school, or even this podcast was the first exposure you had to law enforcement. Perhaps you were in the military, and others talked about what they were going to do post-discharge, which inspired you. Remember, the beginning is about the spark that kindled the flame.
    The middle portion of your response is when you throw some smaller sticks onto the kindling to turn the spark into a flame. Here you explain to the board the actions you took after identifying your interest in law enforcement. You may have researched the profession online, went on a Ride-Along, or even applied to an agency. It should be the actions you took that solidified your resolve to move forward towards your career goal.
    If you were in the military, you could talk about how you see law enforcement as an extension of your service and the opportunity to work in a team environment towards a common goal.
    The end of your response is where you tie the beginning and middle to your conclusion, which is why you want to work for their agency specifically.
    Click on the following links to join our community:
    Website: https://lawenforcementguru.com (LawEnforcementGuru.com)
    Subscribe to the https://law-enforcement-guru.captivate.fm/listen (LE Guru Podcast).
    Subscribe to our https://www.aweber.com/users/landing_pages/edit/bba714c9-c461-4dec-8509-53db22197bd7 (Email List).
    Join the https://www.facebook.com/groups/2716216831924601/?ref=pages_group_cta (LE Guru Private Facebook Page) to ask questions and get answers.
    Visit us on https://www.instagram.com/lawenforcementguru/ (Instagram) for daily content and motivation.
    Connect with us on https://twitter.com/LawEnfGuru (Twitter).
    Email: tony@lawenforcementguru.com.

    • 24 min
    EPISODE 001: The Law Enforcement Guru

    EPISODE 001: The Law Enforcement Guru

    Welcome to episode #1 of the Law Enforcement Guru Podcast, where I inspire, motivate, educate and prepare you to survive the rigors of the law enforcement selection process and become the best possible candidate you can be.

    I am your host, retired Deputy Chief Tony Levatino, and my mission is to help you get the law enforcement job of your dreams. Make sure you check out our show notes and head on over to my website at “LawEnforcementGuru.com,” where you will find several helpful guides and blogs to start you on your journey. Also, join my Law Enforcement Guru Private Facebook Page for the latest updates and podcast releases, and don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast on your favorite podcast app.

    • 7 min
    Law Enforcement Guru - Master the Police Selection Process [Trailer]

    Law Enforcement Guru - Master the Police Selection Process [Trailer]

    The Law Enforcement Guru Podcast will provide actionable advice and guidance to help prepare you for the law enforcement application and selection process.

    • 2 min

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