Becoming a Police Officer

If you are interested in becoming a police officer, there are certain steps that will need to be taken before you are even considered by the academy. Typically the job of a police officer is to uphold and enforce the law. They can enforce traffic laws, investigate suspicious activities or crimes, and aid civilians to safety in an emergency. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to become a police officer.
1. Know your educational requirements. Typically it is required that those who are interested in becoming a police officer will need a high school diploma or GED. Though it must be stated that some law enforcement agencies find it more appealing and preferable if the potential candidate has an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Usually it is ideal to major in certain subjects such as police science, criminology, criminal justice of public administration. By taking these classes the individual will have some prior knowledge and skills before applying for their career as a police officer.
2. Fill out and submit your application to your preferred police department. Once you have fulfilled all your education requirements, you will need to take some time and fill out your application to the preferred department you wish to work for. Now keep in mind that you may not get hired right away. If you are selected among the many candidates, you will need to successfully pass a drug, fitness, and also a lie detector test to be hired. Once you are hired you will then be moved into a training program.
3. Fulfill and graduate from the training program. There will be a rigorous training program that cadets will need to complete in order to be hired and become a police officer. Generally, the training program will take about 12 to 14 weeks. Besides tough physical training, you will need to also have to take some classes as well. In these courses, you will learn about civil rights, the proper response an officer needs to have, and also how to protect yourself and how to use a firearm.
4. Choose where you want to specialize in. Once you graduate from the academy, you may be able to choose your preference on which department you wish to work in. If you continue to work hard and show you are passionate about your line of work, you will obtain promotions as your career progresses.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-1012.00

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