STEP 1: BASIC REQUIREMENTS – All police departments require their police officers to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. While some departments hire graduates right out of high school, most require potential officers to be at least 21 years old. Thus, students who are hired after high school must work and train until they are 21 in order to become an officer. Other basic prerequisites for police officers include being a U.S. citizen and having a valid driver's license and clean record.
STEP 2: CONSIDER A UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION – Consider completing an associate or bachelor's degree program in criminal justice, law enforcement, or a related discipline Lance. While this is not be required, it can be advantageous when vying for officer positions later in your career. (State and federal agencies generally require their recruits to have a college education.) With a college degree you'll likely advance your police officer career more rapidly than those without a relevant degree. Some departments will even provide tuition assistance to officers who seek degrees in pertinent fields.
STEP 3: POLICE ACADEMY – Large police departments send recruits to their own police academies. Smaller precincts may send new hires to attend larger academies as well. Academy programs typically last 3-4 months and combine classroom and hands-on, physical training. The police academy training prepares prospective police officers for active duty. Therefore, you'll also gain supervised experience in facing real-life situations.
STEP 4: PASS EXAMINATIONS – In order to gain a position on the police force, you'll be required to pass various examinations to ensure competence. Candidates must pass written exams, which may be administered through a police academy. Most divisions also administer physical tests of strength, vision, hearing, and agility. Some units conduct psychiatric or background interviews to assess a recruit's personal characteristics and overall suitability for a career in law enforcement. Most candidates will also need to pass drug and lie detector tests as well.
Hope this is helpful Lance
Go on a ride along with any agency you want to join. Get to know the city or county you plan on applying to as this will help you in the interview. Good luck
To answer your question yes here in Texas yes you can become a police officer with certain agencies without a college degree. However, in saying that having a college degree makes you a better candidate to hire. Some agencies are also moving more towards having to have a degree to promote and/or get hired with them.