What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!

[Your Name]

Dear Mrs. Hillside,

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I am applying for the Police Officer position at River Tech Police Department. Ever since I can remember, becoming a police officer like my grandfather has been my dream. As a young child, I loved pretending I was a police officer ensuring the safety of the community and making sure the bad guys stayed away. This is now what I strive to do with the opportunity to be a part of your law enforcement team.

I am a graduate of Crane & Jenkins Police Academy and I have seven years of experience working as a police officer. I also hold a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice so I am very knowledgeable of the justice system. During my three year tenure at Middletown Police Department, I performed area patrols on foot, in patrol cars, and by bicycle and responded to traffic incidents, domestic disputes, and criminal activity reports.

Both my academic studies and academy training were extremely intense and designed to prepare a police officer for a variety of situations. Additionally, I have been praised by my superiors for my calm and authoritative demeanor especially during moments of hostility and tension.

In closing, I am thrilled at the possibility and would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the value I can bring to the River Tech Police Department.

To schedule a meeting, please feel free to call (123) 456-7891 or email adavis@email.com. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.


How to write a police officer cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the police officer
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length