what types of training and classes will i need to attend to become a police officer?
i want to either become a police officer or sheriffs deputy. i am looking to find out what is needed of me to be able to be in this line of work.
To become a police officer you need to complete the necessary education and training. You need to complete high school and a degree (not required but highly recommended). Then you need to attend the police academy after a lengthy interview process. The interview has a physical, references, lie detector test and interviewing with numerous officers (rankings highly). There is also a state law enforcement exam to pass.
I actually wanted to become a police officer when I was younger. The requirements vary from state to state so you will want to base this off of the state that you are in. I do know that in Georgia there is a peacer officer certification that must be passed! Be sure to research where you currently are.
Hope this helps, good luck to you!
Generally, each police department may have its own requirements, so I suggest you focus first on where you would like to be an officer. Are you aware that Decatur has a reserve police program, where you can learn about the police and ridealong once a month? That could be an excellent way to explore the career itself, plus would let you get more information on the requirements and preferences. This website has introductory information: https://decaturinpolice.com/interested-in-joining/ I wish you the best.
However, it seems like you're more inclined towards a department that offers its own academy. In this case, you would need to apply, typically online, and then wait to be contacted for an interview. If you succeed in the interview, you'll proceed to the next stages, which include a polygraph test, fingerprinting, a background check, and a physical fitness test.
Once you've successfully completed all these steps, you'll receive a contingent job offer and a spot in an academy class. A contingent offer implies that you'll be officially hired as a police officer upon successful completion of the academy.
Most police departments mandate 60 college credits, a bachelor's degree, or a military background. It's advisable to verify the specific requirements with the department that interests you.
There's no need for any particular knowledge or experience to be hired as a police officer, as they will provide you with all the necessary training and education. However, they do look for certain qualities in a candidate, such as good writing and communication skills, a personable nature, likability, and a level-headed temperament.
I recommend reaching out to the department you're interested in for further guidance. Best of luck!
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