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how do you go about to become a police officer?

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Thank you comment icon Hi Elliot, I recommend applying to become a cadet at your local police station. They will do a background check on you and then you'll give them your resume. It will give you experience and you will be working with people who are already doing your job. It will make the hiring process a lot easier for you. Getting experience with firearms and hand-to-hand combat would be good as well. Jujitsu for example is a good one because you will probably end up in a situation where you are wrestling a suspect. If you want to become an F.B.I agent or more specific just google it. They each have their own websites where they list their requirements. Kevin L.
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Jason’s Answer

Great question! Municipalities, counties, state's as well as federal officers all have a huge variety of entry. If you are looking at becoming a local police officer you can call your county police academy to ask what the requirements are. There is likely state specific requirements for local police which you can likely find online.
If you are looking to work in a different type of LE then I would suggest looking closely at that specific area. For example, the FBI, CIA, ect, have very specific guidelines and requirements that are clearly marked on their web pages.

I would start there. Generally speaking, I believe local PD requires (based on NJ rules) 60 college credit hours minimum before you can go into the academy.

Best of luck to you.
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Blaine’s Answer

Generally, you must be 21, have a clean record and pass the examinations.
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