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How do i become a police officer?

I am currently a Sports Management major at college but i have always wanted to become a cop. Should i change majors? Will i be able to get into a police academy and become a cop without being a criminal justice major?

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7 Responses to “How do i become a police officer?”

  1. Tyler Fyock December 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Yes, you can become a police officer with out a degree. Although I’m sure there are degrees that would land you a desk job and better pay.
    I would contact your local station through a Google search. Go down (or call) and ask the requirements for your area. I would assume there is a basic test of fitness and intelligence followed by a set period of time at a police academy that would be necessary even with a degree.

  2. CeeaM December 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Don’t wear your baseball cap on sideways/backwards when you apply.

  3. popeye December 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    yes you can

  4. debian_xfce December 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    If you want to be a good cop, then you will do it to protect and serve the public. Just think about how important that the people are.

    It is the tax payer that gives these people jobs. They can say “I am self employed” all they want. They work for the tax payer.

  5. Les S December 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    There are basically 2 ways of becoming a police officer in the US. What method to use, such as the oft cited “go to a police academy”, depends on the state you wish to become a cop in and the specific department.
    First the simplest. In many states you must be hired by a department first. They then send you to, at least, a basic police academy. You graduate, take and pass the state certification test and you are a cop working for the department that hired you. No matter what state they are in larger municipal departments like to do things that way.
    In other states you can “self sponsor”. That means you find a police academy, those states publish a list of approved schools, you apply, pay them, go through a basic academy, pass the state test, get certified and go out trying to find a job. Not until hired by a department are you a cop.
    Most of the larger or better paying departments require at least 60 semester hours of college. None care what you major in, sports is OK as long as the school is accredited and the credit hours are college level. They only care that the school is fully accredited and that all course of the 60 hours were at college level.
    Right now there are thousands of self sponsor graduates pounding the pavement looking for work. In most states if they are not hired within a year of certification they have to attend a full academy again.

  6. J.W. December 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Requirements to become a police officer vary and how you become a police officer varies depending on the department. Visit the websites of the police departments that you might be interested in working for. Police department websites often provide information about their applicant requirements, about how to apply, and about their hiring process. Some relatively common minimum requirements include having at least a high school diploma or ged, being a citizen, being at least 21 years old, having a valid driver’s license, and having no felony convictions. Some relatively common steps in hiring processes include application, written test, physical fitness test, interview, drug test, medical examination, and background investigation. It is great that you are in college. Getting a college degree is one of the best things that you can do, and computer science is a great major. Many police departments require or prefer applicants to have college. Having a degree could help you get hired with some departments. Also, some departments pay their officers (educational incentive pay) more if they have a degree. Having a degree could also help you get promoted during your career. You don’t have to major in criminal justice. Whatever major you choose, make the most of your time and money. Get the highest grade point average that you can, participate in a couple extracurricular activities, get a good internship, do some regular volunteer work, don’t do anything illegal, and maintain a good reputation. Getting police officer jobs is becoming more and more competitive, do whatever you can to make yourself the best candidate that you can. For example, keep a good driving record, don’t get bad credit, improve all of your communication skills as much as possible, practice to improve your observation and memory skills, and become as physically fit as you can. How well you do on written tests and during interviews can be very important when trying to get police officer jobs. Make sure to prepare for any tests and interviews. Consider local, state, and federal jobs. Best of luck!

  7. xpatinasia December 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm #


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