How to Become a Police Officer and Academy Requirements

Nebraska, known for corn, crops and legendary investor Warren Buffet is located in what is known as the Midwest. Hard working blue collar American’s abound here and police officers are no different.

The state of Nebraska offers its community highly trained and skilled police officers to serve communities throughout the state. It has lower crime rates than most of the other states, and some of the lowest unemployment in the area. However, there is still a need for police officers and law enforcement professionals.

Before becoming a Nebraska police officer, applicants are required to attend a state certified police academy in the city or county they are interested in serving. Before attending a police academy in Nebraska, candidates must meet some basic requirements.


First all applicants must be at least 21 years of age or older.
Second, they must be a U.S. citizen with a valid Nebraska driver’s
license. Third, they must be able to pass a background check with little to no convictions and small offences.

This may include, but not limited to, drug screening and polygraph tests. Prior drug use, DUI’s, crimes against children or women, for example, domestic violence will automatically disqualify most applicants. Lastly, they must be able to pass a physical screening test as well which covers many aspects. We cover these later in this article.

Written Test

Applicants interested in becoming law enforcement professionals have to complete an application for the police academy and register to take a written exam.

The written exams will evaluate an applicant’s mental toughness and aptitude to perform the job of a police officer. Some of these tests include psychological evaluations and basic adult education test.

Physical Fitness Test

The physical test in Nebraska are well defined and very specific as to what applicants should be able to do across the board given their age, weight, height, and gender. For example, applicants should be able to perform a given number of pushups, sit-ups or run a certain distance within a certain frame.

The physical task occurs consecutively with 1 or 2 minutes of rest. These tests are great for evaluating the physical and mental stamina and performance of law enforcement candidates, especially in stressful situations.

These tests can vary among Nebraska’s various jurisdictions however, the tests mentioned are some of the general tests required to evaluate the physical abilities of interest applicants.

Medical Examination

Nebraska law enforcement professionals are also required to pass certain medical examinations and tests prior to enrolling into a police academy and receiving a law enforcement certification.

While most Nebraska law enforcement agencies and police academies would like to have perfectly fit police officers, they have to tread a careful line between discriminating against those with disabilities.

As a result, Nebraska has enacted legislation that allows the governing bodies, police academies, and physicians to judge applicants on a case by case basis to determine eligibility through the various jurisdictions in the state of Nebraska.

In conclusion, Nebraska is a great and vibrant state with many opportunities for law enforcement professionals. Great quality of life and low crime rate makes law enforcement in this state a great place to live and work.