Hi Naileah, recruitment practices for police officers/law enforcement officers vary by city and state. In my experience from the State of Illinois, one must achieve a Bachelor’s Degree (Criminology or related) and complete academy training to meet highly desired qualifications. Other departments do accept Associate Degree graduates as well, it really depends on the city you’re seeking future employment. Just like other careers, gaining early work experience can be an asset to one’s employability. A career in private security could be a good start in early related employment. A career training in the United States military is also highly valued for future law enforcement careers as well. Military service duty ranges. Here are a few suggestions. Best wishes in your career goals!
Jyoti recommends the following next steps:
The police academy: This can range from 4-16 weeks. Occasionally departments will also have an advanced academy.
Field Training and Evaluation: On the job training. This can be an additional 4-16 weeks long.
Additionally, you will have a probationary time period that can be up to 2 years or longer.