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What do I have to do to get into law enforcement ?

My name is Nadia Lopez. I am a junior at Phillip and sala Burton , When I graduate high school I want to join the Air Force & later become a homicide detective. law police lawyer law-enforcement criminal-justice

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Harold’s Answer

Depending what state you live, dictates the standards needed for a law enforcement career. It has become necessary to have at least an associates degree, but a bachelors degree is better. You should have good credit, no criminal or illicit drug activities. You must also be able to run and have good upper body strength.
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Kevin’s Answer

Hi Nadia,

Joining the airforce will help you get into law enforcement. It shows that you have discipline and that you are able to work with others in a team environment. Just make sure you stay fit and keep your criminal record clean. Building connections with people who work in law enforcement would help tremendously as well. This is true regardless of what field you are pursuing. You could also look into some programs that have you go into school and then give you some experience with the job as well. To become a homicide detective most people have to start off as a police officer and work for a while first. Good luck!
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James’s Answer

I asked myself this question years ago, when I was just graduating high school. The best path right after graduation would be to pursue an Associates Degree (at the minimum) and get a job to gain some experience. I went for retail loss prevention. It got me in the door, helped me develop skills that would aid me in the career field, and assisted in acquiring a network with police officers that I interacted with regularly. Once you do this, you can reach out to law enforcement agencies and gauge interest. Maybe you need to do more. Doing some Military Service is always an option. It always gives you a boost in getting hired on in law enforcement.
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Jake’s Answer

If the starting goal is to get into the air force, I would make sure you qualify. The air force has quite a few requirements for height/weight, health, vision, criminal record, etc. (link to full list at bottom). You can start by talking to a recruiter near you and eventually you take an ASVAB test. This is a proctored exam taken to determine which jobs you are eligible for (score of 1-99). I'm not sure if you were looking to MP (Military Police) while in service, but that would be a great starting point to a career in law enforcement.

Jake recommends the following next steps:

Check out https://www.airforce.com/how-to-join/prepare-for-success/meet-requirements for requirements to join
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