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Navigating a career in law enforcement takes time, planning and reflection. Here’s how to do it

A successful career journey requires careful planning, and one aid to travel planning is a map.
Like road maps, career maps offer three key pieces of information:
Wouldn’t it be great if our supervisors gave us a career map with that information? Such a map would help us chart important decisions to guide our career-related goals and aspirations. Luckily, you can draft your own career map in just a few easy steps.
Congratulations. You are a law enforcement professional. I know that your decision to pursue this career involved a lot of time, effort, and determination — and I hope a fair amount of conversation and soul searching. So, what’s your next step? Where do you want your career to take you?
If you’re not sure, then I suggest you take a personal inventory of your career-related desires. Here are some brainstorming questions to get started:
Writing down your answers to these questions is a good way to start your career map.
Now you should have an idea of what you want to do. Perhaps it’s a specialized assignment or maybe you would like to advance to a supervisory role.
Your next step is to learn all that you can about the position:
If possible, talk with someone you trust who either has some past or current experience in the position. Learn what they liked and didn’t like about the position, as well as what things made them successful.
If you decide you still want to pursue the position, take action using what you’ve learned. Attend the required training and begin compiling your training folder. In addition:
Sometimes your career map is not so much a step-by-step checklist as it is an overall strategy to keep you moving forward. No plan is perfect and inevitably there will be roadblocks, detours, and perhaps even a breakdown or two along the way. Keeping your options open allows you to continue making progress.
Sign up for all the training you can find, even if it’s not related to your current assignment and consider taking assignments outside your comfort zone. The experience is priceless, and it makes you a more valuable employee. Who knows, it might open opportunities that you hadn’t even considered.
Also, bear in mind that flexibility includes where you live and work. Depending on the size and type of agency, you may have to transfer to another precinct, another district, or even another state. Your career map might even include moving to another jurisdiction level, as did mine when I moved from a career in local to federal law enforcement.
Proper perspective should also be a function of your career map. Think of your career in terms of five-year blocks and consider what you can realistically achieve during that time.
Ask yourself:
It may take more or less than five years, and sometimes those blocks will overlap, but you get the idea.
If your plan is for a 30-year career, then your career map should let you visualize your career in six blocks of five years each. Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t made chief of police after the first five-year block. Most of us will not. And, if you find yourself stalling and unable to make the progress you would like, then it may be time to look at strategies to widen your options.
A career map can help you identify what you want your career to look like, what you should do to capitalize on opportunities and what you can do to help keep your plans on track. Remember that even the best-mapped plans are liable to change, so be prepared to be flexible. Your career goals are more of a marathon than a sprint, so keep your eyes open and look as far down the road as possible. Pace yourself and take time to enjoy the journey.
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Lt. Mike Walker is a 29-year veteran of local and federal law enforcement. He has served in a variety of assignments with a concentration in investigative work. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the 247th Session of the FBI National Academy.
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Good Saturday bloggers,
We had a beautiful Saturday sunrise now followed by an exit to the Arctic air.
We are tracking two “Alberta Clipper” systems this weekend that will play havoc with our temperatures. We will have temperatures rising at night and falling during the day, except for today.
The last couple of days we explained what an “Alberta Clipper” system is, but here is a refresher course.
An “Alberta Clipper” is a system that originates in western Canada in or near the province of Alberta. They then move quickly (clipping along) southeast. East of their track is cold and snow. West of their track is milder and dry and can force temperatures to rise at all hours of the day depending on their timing.
In the 6 minute video below we go into detail on…What do the clipper systems mean for the weekend and the Chiefs game? Also, at the end of the video we discuss our current snow situation and look at a drought not too far away.
Have a great weekend, stay healthy and GO CHIEFS!

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How one teen’s TikTok created a crisis for the paid survey industry – i-D

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There’s something about being a broke teenager with the internet at your fingertips that momentarily convinces you that you can become a business mogul before you’re legally allowed a Paypal account. Maybe you too spent hours as a kid, jobless but wanting to buy stuff, endlessly searching the internet to find ways to make money. Surveys that paid pennies seemed to be the most fruitful option in 2009, and it seems not much has changed in the decade or so since then. This summer, Florida high school graduate Sarah Frank posted a “side hustles” recommendation video on TikTok that went viral, pointing viewers in the direction of a site called Prolific.co, where users could take surveys in exchange for money. Little did she know this harmless shoutout would derail the research process of scientists across America.
Prolific, through which Sarah claimed she was making up to £15 a day, caters to clients like the University of Oxford and Cancer Research UK, promising them a diverse pool of survey takers. But Sarah’s video, which racked up over 4 million views in less than a month and over 700,000 likes to date, skewed the demographic to, well, those who found Sarah’s video on their For You page: mostly teenage girls.
At the time, Prolific had nothing in place to screen participants in surveys, so while naturally diverse groups of people may have joined the site to partake in those surveys in the past, now most were representing the opinions of a group of people with niche interests. Scientists and data analysts, obviously not aware that Sarah’s video was driving so much traffic to the site, were confused.
Young women were making up the vast majority of respondents through Prolific surveys, and it started to piss off those looking for legitimate statistics from the site. Prolific’s co-founder Phelim Bradley said that an estimated 4,600 surveys were affected by the spike, but most of the results were salvageable. At its highest point, 75% of those taking Prolific surveys were women.
Speaking to The Verge, Sarah pointed out that, since her TikTok went viral, “Less studies have been available for me and everyone else,” adding: “I’ve received some really mean comments accusing me of single-handedly ruining the site and being selfish — even though I received no compensation for that video.” She said that, in her opinion, as the video’s popularity dies down, so too will the surge in teenage girls completing the surveys.
But there are also long-term benefits to Sarah’s accidental co-opting of Prolific. For one, it’s prompted the site to figure out their own ways of filtering the right users to the right surveys. It’s also provided the site with a new generation of users interested in providing data relevant to their lifestyles.
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