Public Speaking Skills
The language that baffles many law enforcement officials, and that must be mastered, is the English language. Being able to speak in public with confidence and authority is an absolute must. While others are panicked and frightened and caught in the throes of a crisis, law enforcement officers and agents are expected to keep their cool and lead others to safety. Having an authoritative tone in their voice and being able to communicate efficiently and convincingly is the best way to avert disaster.
The skill of speaking confidently and clearly is also necessary when a law enforcement officer must appear in court. Since the courtroom is where the actions of law enforcement are put to the real test, being able to clearly articulate your case before the judge and jury is the surest way to win a court case.
Although most high schools don't offer specific courses in map reading, understanding how to read a basic street map is necessary to most law enforcement jobs, and understanding how to decipher a topographical map is highly desirable. Boy Scout or Girl Scout training is often very valuable in this regard.
From talking with a kid who is skateboarding in a restricted area to testifying before the United States Senate, law enforcement agents need to possess superior verbal skills. The ability to speak clearly and concisely into a patrol car radio can mean the difference between life and death for an officer if her backup needs to know where she is.
More to the point for applicants, verbal skills are tested and evaluated during the application process not only during an interview, but also while being subjected to the rigors of the oral board. During this phase of the hiring process, candidates are put under stressful conditions to observe how they apply reason and logic and how well they maintain their composure. A substantial portion of that assessment is achieved by listening to how well the applicant verbalizes his responses to given situations.
The most important thing to remember when you are communicating, whether it is through speaking or writing, is to keep it simple. Avoid using large words that you think will impress your audience if you are not clear on what those words mean or how best to use them. Aim for clarity and concise language so that there is no way for your audience to misunderstand your message.