How To Become a Police Officer – Requirements Needed To Be a Cop

The most basic requirements to become a police officer are you must have a GED or high school diploma, be at least 21 years old, must not have any felony convictions, and be a U.S. citizen. Some police agencies (not many) may require that an applicant have some college education, ranging from an Associate’s degree to having  60 credit hours.

Police officer candidates undergo an extensive background investigation, and once hired they are put through a brutal training regimen at the police training academy. The length of this training program differs from state to state and agency to agency.

Degree Requirements to Become a Police Officer/Cop:

If you choose to pursue a college education, or if you are required to have a degree before you can apply to a particular agency, consider enrolling in a program that focuses on criminal justice or communications.

If you decide to apply for a job at the federal level, a bachelor’s degree is required. Related degrees and areas of study that may interest you are forensic science, forensic psychology, corrections, and criminal investigations.

Duties & Responsibilities of a Police Officer:  Traits of a successful Police Officer?

Once you have graduated from the appropriate academic and professional training programs, you will be ready to enforce the laws of your city, state, or country. Police officers are expected to be alert with good people skills and an analytical mind. Your duties could include anything from managing a security system or force to conducting traffic to managing evidence to interviewing witnesses to tracking down suspects.

Police Officer Salary & Employment: How much does a police officer make?

The yearly salaries for police officers definitely varies by location. Police officers in major U.S. cities can start earning around $55,000 or more their first year. The median salary for the country hovers around $46,000. Seeking employment as a police officer is simple. All you have to do is visit the website of the department you are interested in; once there, download the application, and  complete it in its entirety. If the download option is available, I encourage you to download 2 copies in the event that you mess up.

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