Law enforcement careers are exciting, rewarding and even fun. In fact, there are countless reasons to be a police officer. From fringe benefits to job security, the attraction to policing is easy to understand. Before you take the leap and try your at this new career in protecting our community, here are some of the basics to become a police officer.
STEPS TO BECOMING A POLICE OFFICER
- OBTAIN HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED
- MEET OTHER MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
- HAVE OBTAINED 64 CREDIT HOURS TOWARDS BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT OR A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ANY FIELD AT AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.
- PASS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTRANCE EXAM
- GRADUATE FROM THE POLICE ACADEMY
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Applicants need to be a US citizen, have a valid driver’s license and be at least 21 years old. Applicants will also need a clean criminal record
There are a lot of hard aspects to the job, but there are far more benefits. As difficult as the process can be at times, it’s all worth it in the end when you get to have a part in helping others and making your community a better, safer place. No matter how hard it gets, a job as a police officer is by far one of the most rewarding jobs available, and may just be the perfect criminology career for you.
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