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Becoming a police officer for a proffession?

What did you do to prepare to go into the criminal justice field?
When did you know this is what you wanted to do?
What was a good course in college you took to help prepare you?
How do you become an officer?

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Pilar’s Answer

Hi Genesis,

In addition to what Ms. Bari stated, you should talk to a law enforcement professional in your area. Most large law enforcement agencies have community outreach, such as PAL (police activities league ), Explorer program, and Cadet program. The programs vary depending on the size of the local agency and where you live.

I entered the military to help pay for college but also because I did not know where my passions lay. My time in the Marine Corps helped me mature, see the world, and help pay for college. I looked into the law enforcement field with the help of a mentor. The more I learned about the area, the more I thought it suited me.

The best thing you can do to prepare to become a law enforcement professional is to be a good student. Writing is a large part of law enforcement, and communicating well is essential. Also, to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay physically fit, law enforcement is a demanding job.

Most law enforcement agencies require you to attend a law enforcement academy, where you will learn everything you need to start in the profession (local, state, & federal laws [criminal& civil] and department general orders). Therefore, it is not necessary to obtain a criminal justice degree. I believe individuals with degrees other than criminal justice are more well-rounded individuals that bring different perspectives to the field.

At your age (stage of life), you don't have to know what you want to do for the rest of your life. Interests and perspectives change as you grow and experience things in life. Find your passion; you want a career, not just a job. Good luck!
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Jennifer’s Answer

Hello Genesis,

Nice to meet you.

I remember studying Criminology as my minor in college. My major was Psychology.

My preparation was knowing that when it came to subject of Criminal Justice, to narrow it down on what area you would enjoy most about doing that profession.

I would research in this order:

1) Look for closeby universities and colleges and grab a pamphlet from their reception desk, so you can read through their course offerings.

2) Based on these offerings, if there is a program/courses that interest you, I would suggest scheduling through reception to meet a Program Coordinator. They will help you explain the offerings in more detail and determine whether this is your area of interest.

3) If you are sure that being a Police Officer is the right career for you - you will learn various subjects, such as Psychological and Socialogical reasons for Criminal Behaviour. I personally have taken them both separately as courses, and you get a real understanding of human behaviour and functioning of the mind.

I truly do believe that whatever path you take in the Criminal Justice that no day will be the same. There is lots of room for growth and knowledge.

Lastly, you will do great 👍

Kind regards,

Jennifer Bari
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