Cover Letter Example For a Police Officer (2020)

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Cover Letter Example

[Brendon Williams]
[Number Street Name]
[City, ZIP Code]
[Phone Number]
[E-mail Address]

[Date, Year] (August 10, 2020)

[John Miller]
[Hiring Manager]
[Police Department X]
[Number Street Name]
[City, ZIP Code]

RE: Application Police Officer Position

Dear Mr. Miller,

I am writing to express my interest in the Police Officer position as advertised on [website.com] under section [Careers at]. As a former entry-level police officer, I am confident that my skills and experience aligns with the required qualifications listed in the job posting. In this cover letter, I will elaborate on my motivation to pursue my career in law enforcement at [Police Department] to serve and protect my hometown community.

To shortly introduce myself, my name is Brendon Williams and I have spoken in depth with officers John McKinnon and Ben Wittaker about the increasing crime rate in [Area]. I welcome the opportunity to provide the enforcement and security that our jurisdiction and community demands. I believe that my training and personal characteristics make me a  compelling candidate to handle physical rigours of police patrolling, while at the same time fostering positive relationships.

During my three years as an entry-level police officer at [Police Department] in [Region], I have been praised for my calm and authoritative demeanour during moments of tension and hostility (see references). The foundation of my performance is directly related to my extensive training at the Police Academy of [State]. As a result of this training, I master the fundamentals of policing such as: Arrest Control Techniques, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Preservation, Emergency Response, Police Patrol Procedures, Weapons and Firearms Handling.

Attached is my resume for your review and consideration. I am interested to further discuss how my foundation in police fundamentals can translate to decrease the average crime rate in [City]. Please let me know if you need any additional information. You can reach me via [Email address] or [Phone number]. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Kind regards,

Brendon Williams


How To Write A Cover Letter For A Police Officer Position?


Writing Tips For Police Officers

  • Use a standard font style: ‘Calibri’,’Arial’, ‘Times New Roman’ or Verdana.
  • Keep a word count of around 300 to 400 words on a one page document.
  • Write a cover letter with preferably four paragraphs (min. 3 / max. 5).
  • Include the hiring manager’s name in the salutation (e.g: Dear Mr. Miller).
  • Highlight relevant qualifications related to the job requirements.
  • Write a unique cover letter for each job application.
  • Proofread and edit your cover letter after you are finished writing.

Cover Letter Example For a Police Officer