Tips for a Successful Application

    Learn what it takes to be a winner in the California Law Enforcement Challenge

    A neat, well organized application that the judges can follow easily during their scoring process makes a big difference. If they have to hunt for the information, they may not even take the time to find it.

    Quality is far more important that quantity! Just because you fill volumes of notebooks, it doesn't necessarily impress judges who can see through "filling space" to the real meat of the program information. Remember no more than a one inch binder.

    Be concise, but thorough. You are competing with hundreds of other agencies, and the judges' time is limited so they will be looking for clear information and innovative ideas - not innovative ways to fill out an application. What your agency is doing in the community is what is important, not how fancy you make the application container. You can use photos to heighten your presentation but remember the judges will see through a pretty package if there is nothing to back it up.

    Make sure you provide answers for every question asked. If your answer is no to a question or you don't have the statistics or participate in programs, explain why. Otherwise, the judges will look for the information and deduct points if you don't explain. Some applications have failed to make the grade because they left out vital information. Use your submission and judging sheet from the year before as a guide to improve on the quality of your submission.

    National Law Enforcement Challenge 2014 Submission Disclosure Questions
    Tips for a Successful Application
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    the Application How-To Guide
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    the 2013 Submission Template