Paul Goetzinger MPA
Normally the requirements vary, depending upon the state that you live. The application process can take as long as six months. This includes the initial application, civil service (law enforcement) examination, physical agility tests, interview process, polygraphs and then psychological evaluation.
After these initial step are successfully completed, comes the training part of the process. This includes the state police academy, where you will spend several hundred hours learning about laws, procedures, how to handle and work through field calls and scenarios, physical training, firearms and emergency vehicle operations courses etc...
If you successfully complete this part of the process, you will then be admitted into the Field Training Officer (FTO) program. This is when you will be assigned an experienced officer, who will train and evaluate you in the field. This can last as long as three months to a year until you will be eventually approved to patrol and answer calls in the field on your own. So if I were to determine the length of the entire process, it could last from one to two years. I hope this has been helpful.
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