Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department | www.mpdc.dc.gov |
Published in the November/December 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department serves the nation’s capital via seven Police Districts, more than 3900 police officers, and over 450 civilian employees. The department focuses its recruitment efforts on sworn police officers, but it also has civilian opportunities ranging from entry level clerical to senior management in fields such as forensic science, intelligence fusion, and municipal compliance.
The department has traditionally been a magnet for veterans of all services wishing to continue to serve both their nation and local community. Because of the department’s paramilitary structure, veterans have proven the most successful at making the transition and adaptation to the environment and culture. Additionally, veterans bring with them a desire to serve the common good. The organization is a good fit for veterans because law enforcement requires courage, discipline, and commitment to the protection of the community.
Sergeant Raul Mendez is the team leader for the Recruitment Background Investigation Unit. “I serve as a sergeant and supervisor for a squad of civilian investigators and sworn detectives,” he said. “We ensure that police applicants’ cases are being investigated in a timely and orderly manner. I also review, audit, and approve at my level all cases that investigators/detectives turn in as ‘recommends.’ I also assist the director of outreach; and I travel across the United States as an adjunct recruiter, attending job fairs and working on college campuses.”
Mendez served in the Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989, and has been in the U.S. Army Reserves since 2000, attaining the rank of sergeant. His reserve duty also takes place in Washington, D.C.
Mendez believes that the department is a great place for veterans to work because its structure is similar to that of the military. “Our police department, like many others across the United States, has a paramilitary structure,” he said. “Therefore, many veterans transition very well. And in our police department, they continue to utilize their skills and assets.
“The police department rewards its employees – great benefits, great opportunities for advancement, and most of all they support wholeheartedly their veterans while they are in the reserves. When activated, they can rest assured their job will still be here when they come back – an assurance to themselves, family, and country.”