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Some individuals decide to become police officers when they are very young, while others come to the realization later. Either way, there are number of steps to be taken if someone wants to become a police officer, and the earlier you get started, the better. A career in public service can be diverse, challenging, and fulfilling for those who are able to make it through the highly competitive process. Opportunities in law enforcement are incredibly varied, from urban police to rural sheriffs.

If someone wants to become a police officer, he or she should start with education. Police departments require a basic high school education, and additional training such as an Associates or Bachelors degree is recommended. A number of colleges offer criminal justice programs for individuals interested in becoming a police officer. Most of these programs involve education in human behavior, legal issues, computer systems, and a variety of other subjects which assist law enforcement officers. The more advanced your training, the more successful your application as a police officer will be. This training will also serve you well in the field.

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Policing requires a high state of physical and moral fitness. Participating in organized sports will condition your body and also serve you well as you apply to a police department. Police officers must also pass a background check, and people with extensive traffic violations, drug convictions, or other indiscretions will likely be rejected. To be accepted as a police officer, you should use common sense, and avoid getting involved in potentially illegal or dangerous situations.

When you are ready to apply to a police department, you will have to sit for the civil service examination. The civil service exam is administered through the police department you are applying to. If you are concerned about the examination, many companies offer study guides which can help you get a higher score. The civil service exam is offered whenever a department has openings, and some departments also offer it on a regular basis to establish a pool of eligible recruits.

You will also take a physical exam which tests agility, strength, vision, and hearing. If these tests are passed successfully, you will take drug and lie detector tests and began a series of interviews with the police department. If accepted, you will be sent to the police academy, a program which ranges from three months to one year. The police academy will prepare you fully for your job as a police officer.

Police officers are expected to pursue continuing education as well, and attend yearly seminars and workshops to this end. The law enforcement community must constantly adapt to changing needs, and this ensures that police officers are updated on current legal procedure and cultural sensitivity. Advanced training allows police officers to better serve the communities they work in, and to retain their edge as law enforcement professionals.

In some states, it is possible to attend a police academy without being affiliated with a specific police department. If you are unsure about the area in which you would like to work, you can attend the police academy first and then apply into police departments as a fully trained police officer. With a growing population come growing demands on law enforcement, which translates into increased opportunities for individuals interested in a career in law enforcement. Pursuing your dream of becoming a police officer can be a lengthy process, but well worth it at the end.

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anon940046
Post 574

I'm 14 and I want to join the military, no matter what. But my mom and dad would not agree. What should I do and what subjects should I take to join the military?

anon928015
Post 572

I am 16 years old and in grade 11. I am considering to become a police officer but I do not know in which direction to go. I am looking into joining the military but do not know if it is going to be the right decision.

anon343331
Post 569

When you say that if you have ever even "tried" drugs harder than marijuana you will be automatically disqualified, I assume that this would be a question asked on a lie detector test. I have a son who experimented in his younger years, but is now 29, and is a different person. Does this mean a career as a law enforcement officer would be out for him?

anon341262
Post 568

I am a girl who is 17 years old, studying in 12th (medical)and I want to join the Indian police force. Please tell me the procedure to join the police force.

anon340998
Post 566

Why on earth would anyone ever want to become a police officer?

anon334499
Post 565

I'm 17 years old and a week ago I ran away from home to live with my grandma (1,000 miles away). The police in the whole state were searching for me, but I didn't know until I went to the police in the town where I came to. So they brought me home to my parents, and I've just gotten home from the police, where they said I won't be able to become a police officer, because being a runaway is that serious and like a crime. Is it true?

Will it really affect me getting a job in law enforcement, or do I not have to worry? Do I have a chance, at least?

anon332895
Post 564

I am 23 years old and I was considering becoming a police officer. I have one misdemeanor on my adult record for a weapons charge. I had a baton in my car and had no idea it was illegal. I also got arrested as a juvenile for shoplifting. I have two points on my driving record. I was wondering if I clear my driving record and stay out of trouble, is it still possible that I can become a cop? The last time I was arrested was almost five years ago.

anon327742
Post 560

You must be a permanent resident who is eligible for and have applied for citizenship to become a police officer. Many police departments require applicants to be citizens.

anon325072
Post 559

I am a 17 year old boy and I want to join the Indian police services and want a high post in the services. What qualifications do I need after passing 12 with a good percentage?

anon316822
Post 556

Keep your records clean, with no tickets, DUIs or credit problems. If you're still in high school, get good grades and stay out of trouble. These are the major disqualifiers for being a cop.

anon316719
Post 555

It is easy to become a police officer in the UK.

You do not need any formal education and only a very basic level of intelligence. Also, you will need to be untrustworthy, lazy, dismissive and very unhelpful towards people.

If you have these attributes you are basically halfway to being a police officer!

anon309769
Post 549

I'm Chloe and I'm 14. I have only recently been looking into law enforcement. I would really enjoy becoming a police officer and realizing I need to work hard in school to get it has really boasted my motivation. Now I want to go to school and work hard, not talk through my lessons.

I don't do drugs or have a criminal record and I'm glad my dad pushed me to pick sensible options for school. My dad gave me the idea of being a prison officer not long ago and I thought there was more choice in what to become in law enforcement, so I have dedicated my work now to trying to achieve good grades for it.

anon308145
Post 548

I am 13 and am thinking about what college I want to go to, but this information is helping me a little. I want to be a well educated police officer, but I go to an alternative school. Will that be on my record when I grow up and will they hold that against me if I do sign up for it?

anon308118
Post 547

I am 12 years old and I have known since I was 5 that I wanted to be in the mounted police. I currently have a pony and have been riding from the age of 4. If any police officer has seen my post, what subjects did you take in school?

anon307111
Post 545

I'm going to be 19 this month and I'm going to start college in January 2013 and I decided I wanted to be a police officer. What are the tests we're going to have to take other than the fitness and physical? Do we have to take English and math tests in order to be a cop?

anon301445
Post 544

I am 16 years old and I want to become a police officer. I am not sure what school I should attend after high school that would give me the best opportunity to become a police officer. What courses do I need to take, and what type of school do I need to go to?

anon300844
Post 543

I am 32 years old. Is there any way to join the police force?

anon297845
Post 541

I'm 15 years old and I want to become a police officer but I'm concerned that if I apply, I will fail the agility test. If I fail one test, what will happen?

anon297391
Post 540

I am 17 years old, male, 5 feet 5 inches tall. I work out and I am currently in nursing school, but not sure if my heart is in it and I'm considering switching to the police field. I am not sure if I am too short and I have no criminal history.

anon288698
Post 536

I am a 17 year old girl and I really want to be a police officer. I've known since I started high school that's what I wanted. I'm in my last year (I'm a senior) and want to start training after school. I think that it will be fun to do and I can help people understand the law better and help those who need to be protected.

I have three nieces and two nephews whom I will do anything for. The oldest is four and the youngest is two months.

anon288284
Post 535

What do I need to achieve at the end of grade 12 to be accepted in a police career?

anon282050
Post 534

I'm a 14 year old girl just entering high school and I'm looking for a career to go into. I always new I wanted to help people, and to all of you people who are asking if it's worth it to go into law enforcement, I hope you know that it is. You get to help others when they need it and if that's not worth your time, then nothing is.

anon278305
Post 533

I am 15 years old, and my dream is to become a police officer and I really want to be a police officer. I am in high school.

anon266864
Post 528

To everybody saying they have "this and that" in the past: Change who you are, prove that you have become somebody different. If you can honestly look somebody in the eye and tell them you are a different person and what you did in the past was silly and reckless, you still stand a chance.

The most important thing is honesty. Be honest about what you've done and why you did it.

You want to know the absolute disqualification? If they catch you not telling them something.

anon265856
Post 526

I am 15 years old and have a very great desire to be a police officer, but I'm still in time to to be done because I am only 15 years old. I have to finish high school and academy ranks and start working on any komisarjat. That is to serve my nation since I am in Albania and why it is very difficult. I would like to work as a detective in America.

It was my desire that I would like to realize and hope to one day.

anon260411
Post 525

Do you need to speak French to be a police officer?

anon259670
Post 524

To all those who are in high school and wondering about a potential law enforcement career, here is some advice:

You may not have been convicted of any crimes, but as you grow older, and especially if you go to college, getting into trouble with the law will become easier and easier. You have to be 20 and 6 months to apply to a department in almost all states, and you must be at least 21 when graduating the academy. This means that from the time you finish high school at 18 until the time you turn 21, you need to work hard and keep your nose out of trouble. Even if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or have gotten in trouble, go to your local police department(s) website(s) and find the qualifications for the police officer position. It will always detail the limits on hiring.

Be active in your community. Community service is a great way to get involved. With more and more police departments switching over to a community policing model, having good ties with your community is great. In some areas, there may be a program called "police explorers." It is sponsored by the BSA and if you join the program, you will get to know many of the department's officers, learn what policing is actually like, train and sometimes even get to ride along with an officer for part of their shift.

There is not much you can do in high school to get prepped for police work unless you school offers criminal justice electives or career centers. I recommend trying to find a nearby explorer program over any high school courses you can take. However, if there are no CJ courses available, think about taking psychology or sociology as an alternative. Those classes explain a lot of behavior and why people do what they do. Having a foundation in those fields can greatly help you understand how to react to different situations in the field.

Law enforcement is not what it looks like on TV. I remember when I was in high school and I always watched episodes of “COPS” and “World's Wildest,” then when I got into the field, I realized that law enforcement is not what it appears to be on TV. It somewhat depends on what department you go into. Inner city departments will, without a doubt, be very busy and can burn you out within a few years. However, suburbia and less populated areas will mostly be crap calls like people selling things without a permit, or someone threw a hunk of cheese into someone’s backyard and the homeowner thinks that they’re going to be murdered. I’m not saying police work doesn't have it’s fun moments -- it definitely does -- but it is not going to be every day on the job.

Stay away from drugs and alcohol. You will be automatically disqualified if you even try a hard drug (meaning anything other than marijuana). Marijuana use varies by department, but it is pretty much across the board that other than some high school experimentation (e.g., fewer than 5 times), it will disqualify you as well. Alcohol use, while not illegal, can lead to some major problems. If you drink alcohol to overcome personal problems instead of learning to cope with them yourself, then you will have a very difficult time dealing with other people’s problems in the field. Alcohol abuse is a very big problem in law enforcement today, because the job can be extremely stressful.

Be careful about what you put on social networking sites. As these websites have become integrated into society, it is becoming more and more common for departments to look into potential candidates' Facebook pages and whatnot to see what kinds of things they post, how mature the person is, etc. When you are 14 years old, it shouldn't matter much, but as you get older you need to be more and more careful of what you do say. Posting pictures of your 18 year old self with alcohol is a mistake. Posting things about wanting to hurt yourself or other people is a mistake, posting about doing illegal things is a mistake. Keep it clean.

Do not fall into the mentality that most people have about law enforcement. The phrase, “forget the police” has become all too common, and more and more young people are hopping on the bandwagon. Look into police, look into the legal system, and teach yourself about what is actually happening. When you see the videos of police brutality online, or on the news, try putting yourself in the officer’s footsteps. Realize that the police do not make the laws, nor do they have a choice but to enforce them. Keep your mind open.

I hope this advice helped. It is all I can really think of off the top of my head.

anon252670
Post 520

I am just stopping by to say that I have enjoyed the information about police officers on your website and it's nice to read stuff that is well written.

anon252612
Post 517

@post 511: Of course you can still apply to become a police officer after you complete your college. In fact, it would make you look much better and they would value your education as an asset.

anon249073
Post 512

If I apply for the civil service examination but somehow I cannot appear to take the examination, then I want to know if will this be considered as an attempt?

anon244315
Post 511

I'm taking a two-year college course in a southwest community college. Can I still be a police officer when I graduate from college?

anon238272
Post 509

I am in the CIA, and it is very hard to get into. First, you have to be a police officer for a few years, get a degree in law enforcement and law, and then apply for SWAT, and then for CIA.

steveham
Post 506

Good information in the article and lots more interesting points of view from the comments, too. I've been asked about getting into law enforcement jobs. It's on people's minds these days as jobs are getting scarce, but police departments are down-sizing, too. The good news is that there are so many types of fields available in the law enforcement world.

anon231258
Post 505

I'm a 14 year old girl in high school and recently I went for an open day at a nearby college and I chose law as a taster session and in law, we looked at lawyers and "the law" and being a police officer always came up.

I've always wanted to be a csi (crime scene investigator) but I knew I would never get there. I love sports and I've never committed any criminal offenses, so I guess that's good but I don't know what to study at college or do I go to uni and will it cost me to become a police officer? I know it will take a long time to become a police officer but is it worth it?

anon229985
Post 504

I am 16 and I am in grade 11 right now. I have never had any sort of criminal charge. I am not into drugs, I am extremely fit. I play soccer, baseball, basketball, and I am a snow cross racer for the CSRA. My eye sight is perfect. I would love to become a police officer.

I need to know the course information for a high school student to lead me in the right direction and give me a head start.

I am also wondering if volunteer hours in my community would give me a head start and help further along the line? I have my firearms license. I know my way around fire arms very well and also know the safety precautions that come along with them.

anon229126
Post 503

I am a police officer and I have been on the job for the last twelve years. I want to get a degree in criminal justice but first need to start with a cert. I don't have time to go to a college. Please, any assistance to attain my dream degree is highly welcomed.

anon223309
Post 502

I have a full time job and a baby! Are there any online classes I can do?

anon221456
Post 501

I'm a 13 year old girl and I'm a bit confused on what I want my future to be. I wanted to be a writer but anytime I read the newspaper, I hear about someone being charged with DUI or being raped, etc. It got me thinking and now I want to be a police officer.

However, I attempted suicide not too long ago by stabbing myself, however, I'm alive right now but I'm a cutter. I never got therapy or anything. I never took drugs or drink but am struggling with cutting and wanting to do suicide. I want a better life and to help people. Should I be a police officer? --Mercedes

anon218296
Post 500

Almost every question here has been answered by the article. Read it. Law enforcement officers are expected to have good common sense and be able to understand written instructions. In fact, the civil service exam always contains reading comprehension questions. So if you post an uninformed question here without really taking the time to read, what kind of impression does that make on those who would help?

A lot of questions are about "what if i got caught doing X ... will that disqualify me?" The only way to find out is to fill out the application and be honest. Own up to what you did. Don't make excuses or try to minimize it. Cops have heard every excuse. Just be honest about what you did and answer the questions. If it was a few years ago ago, and you've been making an effort not to do X, that will help you.

But never lie. Never. It's all bad from that point on, and whatever chance you had, you've lost. A lot of departments will excuse a kid smoking pot as long as it was a certain number of years ago. Or someone getting busted for shoplifting. But if you lie about it, your lie is the reason you will not get hired, and you can forget about any other law enforcement agency as well. Be honest. It's what the job is about.

anon218146
Post 499

Folks, re-read the article. It's written very generally, as every state is different, but what is says is true. Educate yourself. Read first-person accounts of police work. Join an Explorer post at a local law enforcement agency. Talk to police officers and deputies. See what they can tell you. Check if there are ride-along programs nearby. Get in good physical condition.

The harder you work in school, the better you'll do on the civil service exam you'll need to pass to get considered for hiring, and it will help you in the academy. The academy is basically a college course that lasts nine or ten hours a day, five days a week, for six months to a year. So the more education you have, and the more practice you have taking tests, the better you'll do.

There is no magic formula. Just make it a goal, and make a list of all the things you can do to reach your goal. It will take you years to accomplish, from the time you first start researching and reading and talking, to the time you get your star or shield to the time you're off probation and have some hands-on experience on the job.

The bottom line is work hard and be honest. If you've made mistakes in life, admit them. Lying is not what any law enforcement agency wants. And it's the fastest way to get fired from any agency. No matter how bad the truth may seem, lying about it will make it ten times worse.

anon210483
Post 498

I'm only 13 years old, turning 14 in march and I want to become a police officer but I don't know where to start. Any advice?

anon206024
Post 497

I'm 20 and have a dream to become a cop but I'm studying. Is there any chance to become a cop at this age?

anon199907
Post 495

I am 18 and 6'5 african american male. I am currently on probation for a Class A misdameanor, for damaging property. Does this disqualify me from becoming a police officer?

anon198724
Post 494

Becoming an Oklahoma County Sheriff deputy is my dream. I'm really passionate about it. I've had the same exact dream since I was 5years old. I'm 16 now in High school, and was wondering do I need to attend college? I would prefer not to, but if that is what I need to do I will.

anon195599
Post 493

My name's River. I'm 5.9 and 15 years old. I live in Tennessee. Any advice for being a police officer?

anon194669
Post 492

I'm 13 and plan on becoming a police officer when I grow up. Any advice?

anon185205
Post 490

i am 18 with no education but am extremely smart -- just had a lot of struggles in life, but am 180 percent for sure i want to be a police woman and am curious how tall i have to be. i am 5 foot 4 inches. i don't believe size should be a matter of whether you get to work in the law enforcement. am i able to just take a police course online without my GED? let me know please. this is important.

anon178062
Post 488

I'm 15 years old, and i am 150 percent sure i want to be a police officer. i have my life planned out actually, and I'm just wondering if i need to go to uni and get some sort of certificate. If so, i would like to know which one and how long it will take me to get it and next year i am also doing legal studies as an elective in school so it will give me a bump up in the course of law i would need to do when i do the courses. thank you.

anon174159
Post 486

my name is omid, I'm 21 years old and i have been in canada for almost three years. I can speak four different languages: english, farsi, turkish, kurdish. i really want to be a police officer but the only problem is i havent got my diploma yet, and i want to know after i got my diploma should i take any courses in university or not.

anon173669
Post 485

I'm reading that all you 12 year olds want to become cops. A good way to help is when you're 14 go become an Explorer for the sheriff's office. I'm an Explorer and I'm telling you all it helps.

melissa23
Post 484

i am almost 18 years old and want to become a police officer as soon as I'm of age. i only have one question: I was put away by the court in a behavorial hospital for attempted suicide when i was 15 or 16. Could i still be a police officer? i was a minor, and i still have a few years before I'm even of age to become an officer. can you please help?

anon170539
Post 482

I am 21, soon to be 22 years old and i will be graduating from a four year university with a double major in sociology and criminolgy.

I would like to become a juvenile probation officer and i feel that i am highly qualified for a position in this field considering I've had an internship in the field already as well as two jobs dealing with diverse populations.

I am a good person, but i will admit that i have lived a college lifestyle. I've recently finally decided to permanently quit smoking marijuana because i am coming to the realization that i need to be serious. I've never done any other drugs but marijuana and i do drink occasionally, but never drive.

I have never been in serious trouble with the law, i have a spotless driving record, and etc. My only concern is that there is a polygraph exam that must be taken in order to become an officer and i do not want my truthfulness to disqualify me for a position (hence i plan on admitting to smoking weed in the past), and also i am afraid that my nervousness would cause me to have some false readings.

can someone please provide me with some advice? i am beginning to regret my college social experimentation, and i wish that whoever would interview me would be able understanding.

anon165919
Post 477

is it necessary for one to be a US citizen to apply? Is it important for one to have perfect vision?

mualia20
Post 476

I'm 19 years old and i really want to be a police officer and i don't have any qualifications. i didn't go school in N.Z. I just came from Samoa like two years ago. At the moment I'm playing rugby for norths and i can speak english well. I'm going to apply as an international student, so is there any chance for me please? and how long does it take to become a police officer?

anon162568
Post 468

My name is palesa. I would like to be a police officer but i don't know how to apply. please tell me the whole procedure. i matriculated in 2009 and now I'm at home, but i want to help in the reduction of crime. Please help.

anon162504
Post 467

I'm 12 and if i want to become a police officer and work with the k9 unit how long would i have to train to become a police officer and work with the dogs.

anon157925
Post 463

I'm only 13 but I'm choosing my options soon. I was wondering what i should choose? Are there any specific grades that i need? Thank you!

anon156883
Post 462

my family doesn't think i can be a cop. how can i get them to see it my way?

anon156289
Post 461

In today's economic climate, jobs are becoming scarce, so if you want to be a police officer you have to work hard. There is no easy way in. Do what you think is right.

anon155864
Post 460

What's with all the people here wanting a fast and easy way to be a police officer? There's no magical formula that'll get you the job in a year.

First, go to university and get a related degree. A bachelors is sufficient. After that, contact local departments and ask about requirements. You will most likely have to pass a physical and written examination to even get an interview at the local police station. All in all, you're looking at about six or seven years preparation.

destroyer93
Post 457

I want to be a police officer but I'm 5'8'' and 116 pounds, plus I don't know what classes I need to take in college. can you help me figure that out?

anon151849
Post 456

I am almost 21 and i want to be a police officer but not really sure what to do. i have a daughter who is almost two and am a single mother. i don't have anyone to help me except for a few friends.

i always wanted to be in law enforcement, what can i do to be one fast and simple so that i can be a better mother to my child and show her we can do anything even when you're at your all time low in life?

anon151830
Post 455

I will be 25 in July. I am a Massage Therapist but i also want to become a police officer. i have been looking at different universities, but i have not decided yet.

I was born in Mexico, i came here when i was young but i still have a nice accent. I am very interested in becoming a police officer, but how should i know if this is really for me? Thanks.

anon151649
Post 454

i am active, fit, and hard working. I really want to be a Bellingham police officer. But i am very nervous because i identify as gay. I fear that this will harm my chances of getting hired. I have done everything: stay in shape, gun practice at the range, and almost am finished with my bachelors from western washington university. Would i still have a chance?

anon151553
Post 453

RE:#3: You cannot have DUI convictions, that will be an immediate disqualification. Also, having more than six demerit points will disqualify you.

For those of you who want to be a police officer, the best way is attaining a four year university degree in either criminology or sociology. Once you graduate there are endless possibilities to move up in the ranks.

anon150651
Post 452

Join your local police explorers to learn more!

anon150538
Post 451

I'm 12 and i want to be a police officer but i don't what to go to college. what do i do?

anon149331
Post 449

I am a female sophomore in high school, and I want to be a cop but I don't know what colleges are good and my family doesn't think I can take being a cop. what should I do to show them that I can?

anon149324
Post 448

ok i see a lot of things here and there about going to school here or getting a degree there. is there any way i can apply, take a test, and get qualified to become a police officer?

anon147338
Post 447

@392, Don't give up! you can do it! My cousin is an agent in the CIA. i don't know about the FBI, but I'd imagine it would be the same, but he had to go through a lot of training. Just remember that anything is possible.

"The impossible is unlikely, the unlikely is possible, the possible can happen." - Unknown.

anon147299
Post 446

I am a twelve year old girl and when I was younger I never even considered being a police officer. But as I have gotten older I have decided that it is what I definitely want to do for a career. But my family does not want me to become a police officer, and right now I don't want to tell people because I don't know what they will think.

I don't necessarily care what everyone thinks, but I would also like to know what I should do for practise and to prepare? Thanks!

anon147034
Post 445

I am 17 and interested in the state police field. I would like to know if i could take the municipal training in the state i live in which is PA and go to Alaska and do state police training there or do i have to do municipal training in Alaska.

anon146521
Post 444

I'm a 13 year old girl and I am just about to choose my options. I don't know which one to choose to become a police officer. I live in England, in Hampshire, and I can't find a good collage to go to. If you can inform me any possible way that would be very useful. Thank you.

anon145980
Post 443

I am 16 years old and my dream is to become a police officer and I'm looking for information about it. A few months ago i was going to go to the national guard us army and I'm still thinking about it because i know that that will be really hard for me.

i know that becoming a police officer is a little bit hard and for the people who want to become a police officer i can only said that we have to work hard to get the things that we want and I'm working for this- to be a police officer. thanks!

anon145487
Post 442

I’m from Somalia and I’m Muslim. I'm 19 years old and I'm still in high school looking to get my high school diploma. I asked some people and they told me to become a police officer you have to have American citizenship. but I got a permanent resident card.

anon143359
Post 441

I wouldn't ever want to be a police officer.

amypollick
Post 440

@anon142334: After nearly 20 years with a newspaper, I totally get how dumb people are! LOL. A good police department will have a friendly relationship with the media and when I told the public information officer what our retired receptionist said, "All the drunks have the newspaper on speed dial," he laughed and said, "Yeah, and the police department is number two."

Anyway, I'm grateful every day for the officers who put on the uniform and deal with what I don't want to deal with. I guess the people who are most grateful for what police officers do are the ones they usually don't have to deal with. Take care and stay safe!

anon142334
Post 439

I am 17 years old and want to become a police officer. I joined up with Police explorers when I was 15 years old, and let me tell you: being a cop is not something for the faint of heart.

In only the 400+ hours of field experience I've attained, I have seen three people die and have seen several other people severely injured. It stays with you, no matter how hard you try to get rid of it. You can't be afraid to run towards shots fired and you can't get mad at people, no matter how stupid they act. And believe me, people are a lot dumber than you think.

You rarely get thank yous and usually even the people you help show you little respect. But at the end of the day, you know you've helped countless people, and the feeling is great. I love the job and I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life.

It will obviously be different from department to department and there are many departments who see little action if any at all, but beware what you are getting yourself into. Do your homework. That's what I have to contribute.

anon141590
Post 437

I'm 16 years old from Montana. I play football and track, and i am a member of our volunteer fire department and I'm looking to be either a state trooper or a customs and border protection officer. Are there any suggested classes for high school if i am pursuing one of these careers?

anon140926
Post 436

I'm 16 and i have always wanted to be a police officer ever since i was six, but my mom and second oldest brother do not want me to and are not supportive.

Also my mom she is still not supportive. She keeps telling me that she won't let me be a police officer at all and i can't. but i still want to pursue my long dream and my future. Please people, help me!

anon140312
Post 435

I'm 17, from Sterling Heights, MI. I always thought of becoming a cop. I also thought about how dangerous it'll be, but my family thinks that it'll be too dangerous for me.

I've played on an organized sports team, for instance, basketball and soccer. The conditions are tough too, and I think I can pull it through an academy. But my mom thinks I should become a pharmacist. Which was my second career I thought of becoming, since I'm already taking classes for it. But I changed my mind so I don't know what to do. Tell me more information about police stuff. thanks. please reply.

anon140050
Post 434

I am a 13 year old girl and i have always dreamed of being a police officer. i live in central scotland and i am about to pick my subjects in school and it would be good to know what qualifications or expectations i should have to join the police. please reply .

anon139800
Post 433

I am 12. My life dream since i was 7 was to be a police detective officer. I want to start my training earlier. I have a best friend and he also wants to become a police officer so we planed on studying in the same police school. I live in canada and i want to get my job in canada or U.S. All I want to know is when can i get started? Thanks, Muaad M.

anon138792
Post 432

I am from London, England. I would like to become a police officer, and eventually a detective, in the US. For those who are interested, this is because in the UK, police are crippled by over-excessive paperwork and there isn't exactly much to get in to. Some UK police go to Canada to avoid this, but I would rather head to the US where I feel I could make a difference.

Now for my question. How could I make this transition? Currently, I am studying physics at Queen Mary University of London. I am on a three year course and I intend to see this through. It is after I have finished, when I am 21, that I would like to go to America to join the police. I would be willing to do any extra amount of studying it would take to do so.

Would this be possible and what steps will I have to take to do so. I would be incredibly grateful if anybody could help me with this. Thanks in advance.

anon138210
Post 431

I'm from nigeria and am 26 years and i want to be a police officer. I am not a citizen yet. what qualifications do i need to have and when can i be qualified?

anon137958
Post 430

@428, at this point you need to respect your parents, but if you're thinking about future, you can condition them. Talk about going into the marine corps, or firefighting, and eventually police doesn't sound so bad.

anon136712
Post 428

So, I'm back again. I have previously posted #401 and I have received a response, but now I am looking for some advice about a different part of the issue.

I'm 15, told my parents that i want to be a police officer with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and they are completely against it. Actually, they said that they won't ever talk to me again, and that they won't allow me to consider them as my parents if I be a police officer. Which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

They want me to do a less dangerous job, but I've wanted to be a police officer since I was six years old. My parents also said that they won't ever help pay for my tuition for University to become a police officer. Then at the end of the conversation, my parents said that I am no longer allowed to talk about being a cop.

So I have no clue what to do about this issue right now. Sometime I want to make a DARE presentation about drugs and alcohol, but I would have to have my parents permission to do this. I would also like to go on some ride alongs with our local police department, but until I can somehow get through to my parents, that's not going to happen anytime soon.

So any advice on how to resolve this issue? It's driving me crazy because I feel that if I be a police officer then maybe I could finally do some good in the world. Even if I just make a small difference, it would be worth it.

When I watch the news all you hear about is people getting abused, killed, people robbing each other, etc, it makes me wonder what this world is becoming. Anyway, please respond! From Jackie

anon136654
Post 427

#406 Thanks for the great advice. I've talked to my parents a month or two ago, and they said that they won't ever talk to me, or support me if I choose to be a police officer. This part of it is making it really frustrating.

I don't think that this is the kind of attitude that they are supposed to have towards their child's career choice. They feel the same way towards the army, but actually, they are more resentful towards the army. I know that if I choose a different career, I will regret it for the rest of my life. I really don't have a clue what to do next. From Jackie

P.S Thank you for what you do as a civilian police officer.

anon133916
Post 426

# 420 here. is anyone going to answer my question?

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anon133768
Post 425

i am 16 and my aim in life is to become a police officer. what i should do after completing my high school education, but some people tell me that police officers are low paid.

anon133357
Post 424

I am 14 years old boy and my dream is to become a police officer. My question is that i am not so intelligent but because of my aim i am doing very much hard work so by taking +2 non medical, shall i do civil engineering or social engineering in future to achieve my goal? by sukhpreet.

anon131611
Post 422

I am Ohnmar and I am nine years old. when i grow up i want to be a police officer because being a police can solve problem and take care of my country. My family say i look like a police officer. i am going to study hard try my best to be a police officer. I am going to be 10 years old next year. i just need eight more years to grow up.

anon131589
Post 421

i am 15 years of age and I've wanted to be a police officer for like seven or eight years and my time is close so i want to learn more about becoming a police officer. whatever it takes to become one, i will never stop trying. thank you!

anon131072
Post 420

I'm 20. I've done drugs an occasionally and do cannabis for medical purposes. i was wondering if i would still be able to become a police officer here soon. i need to know. i am very intelligent and only want to be a police officer for 10 or 12 years as a start up for my later business. i need all the advice i can get.

anon131035
Post 419

I'm also police officer here in the philippines. is there any chances if i apply for U.S police officer?

anon130976
Post 418

I'm 16 and my dream is to become a police officer. But my ninth grade year I made bad grades. So I'm just wondering, do they really look at your high school transcript before you enter the field? Oh and I'm from D.C.

anon129913
Post 417

the records are never expunged. the police always have access to old background violations before 18; they just can't use it as a strike against you. but they will use it against you and to get a better idea of who they are approaching. i ran into an old friend and i had him run my name for the hell of it and i saw even when i didn't make my bed, if you get the drift. don't try to hide anything.

anon125229
Post 414

My son wants to be an officer after high school. He is thinking of joining the military first, then applying as an officer in the future.

My question is he has been a bit depressed and I was looking into therapy for him. I don't want to ruin his chances of becoming an officer or joining the military. Will this affect his chances? Thanks for all of the great feedback and information on pursuing a career in police work. I know that you are all busy.

anon123900
Post 413

In truth, police officers break the law just as ordinary citizens do. The problem is; is that most citizens are on the wrong side of the law.

Break the law and the law will break you.

If you're a police officer, on the other hand, and you break the law, you will receive a few weeks unpaid leave and have your job back with a reprimand in your personnel file.

anon123304
Post 412

can permanent residents of the u.s.a beome a U.s.a police officer, or can permanent residents of u.s.a apply for U.S.A police?

Mckenzie
Post 411

I am currently thinking about becoming a police in my area and have already started the process. The problem is my wife has been accepted to graduate school five hours away. What is the longest amount of time I would have to remain in my department before I can transfer to a department closer to her?

drewdrew
Post 409

I am currently in college and totally changing my mind on my major. I now want to become a police officer. I am set on this goal, but i do not know where and how to begin my journey on obtaining the essential requirements for becoming a police officer.

If anyone could help me give me steps i could follow for starting training in the State of georgia i would greatly appreciate it.

anon119788
Post 406

#401: You can join the Army at age 17 and become a Military Police officer if you wish. I would choose this first, because while in the military you could also get some college under your belt, not just experience being a cop.

But be prepared to not do much police work, depending on where you get stationed. A lot of it is going to civilians now, so you can concentrate on your military role. But anything can happen, you could do nothing but police work your whole time in.

Then, after a few years, if you don't want to be in anymore, you're well on your way to becoming a civilian cop.

It is very "easy" to say the least. Just be smart in your decisions. Listen to what people tell you, and learn how to read people -- very quickly. Good luck.

Experience: Seven years Army Military Police; one year civilian police.

anon119514
Post 405

@402: You are 15 years old, and you have a long life ahead of you. My best advice would be for you to follow your dreams. Is the only way you are going to be happy.

Before you make a decision, see what are the pros and cons for each field job. Don't give in to military pressure; you will end up making a mistake.

Police field work is very rewarding, pays well, and you can retire early too, with a nice pension. So just do your homework before making a decision and go for your dream or best job offer you think would be for you. Military work is not for everyone, but the same can be said about police work as well.

anon119373
Post 404

i am 17. i have done bad in the past but not drugs, and now i realize that it is much better to be good, but i make bad grades in school and i was wondering if that would make it hard for me to become a police officer.

anon119032
Post 403

I'm 11 years old, and we're doing a school project on what we want to be when we grow up. Of course I chose police officer. It's been my dream to lock up the bad people in the world. I always wanted to be a hero.

Well anyhow, what exams do I need to take to be a police officer besides Civil Service testing, physical exams, lie detector test, drug test, personality test, or psychological tests. Or is that all? Please help. -Elena

anon118106
Post 402

I'm 15, and I'm confused. The marines want me, but i want to be in the army. i want to be in the rangers. Special ops is my thing. I'm also a state and world champion in steel shooting. but my grades aren't so good. I'm like a D+/C student.

My dad wants me to be in military police. Should i be an LA police officer first, as a early job? this is too much pressure!

anon114994
Post 401

If someone could help me out by giving me some advice, it would be great.

I am 15 years old and my goal and dream is to be a police officer. About 20 minutes ago my parents were asking me what I'm going to do after high school. They said "are you going to go to Florida and live with us, or are you going to stay here in Canada, in this house with a job."

The problem is that i want to go to university to be a police officer. And I told them before that I want to be a cop, and they were not supportive. I just don't know what to do, and I feel like breaking down and crying. Help please! Thanks, Jackie

anon113999
Post 400

Help! I'm from Portugal. I'm a 20 years old male, I'm well, fit, with the high school diploma + technician course in tourism and never committed any felony.

The thing is, I'm not in the US, and I'd like to be a citizen there, but i don't know how to start from scratch, because i believe there's lot of bureaucracy.

Can i apply with under my circumstances? if so can anyone tell me where to apply? Thanks in advance.

anon113772
Post 399

I'd like to do this but do I need to be a permanent resident or citizen?

anon112944
Post 398

i'd like to be a police officer, but I'm just a permanent resident card online. I'm not a citizen yet and i have a misdemeanor offense. can i be a police officer still?

anon112610
Post 397

how can i be a police officer with bad performance? can i be a police if i have any criminal offenses? i need to apply but i don't know how.

anon112340
Post 396

I really want to join the LAPD. Used cocaine once in college -- once. I used pot three or four times as well. No felonies and have a great record and outstanding credit.

I have been sober from alcohol for over 13 years, and have had no other substances since, even after a root canal.

Is there any way I can make it? If not, it's too bad because I know I'd make an excellent peace officer. Thanks.

anon112182
Post 395

i want to be a police officer. I'm from kosovo. i am 14 years old. i don't want to be a police here in my country because here the police are so stupid. I don't drink, do drugs or smoke cigars.

anon110907
Post 392

All of you guys who have DWI/DUI, don't get discourage by people's negative opinion on you not being a police officer. It is going to be a year that i got arrested for a DWI and no one is perfect and we all make mistakes in life.

My dream is to become an FBI agent and I'm not going to give up. there is someone out there who will give you opportunities! don't give up guys!

anon110609
Post 390

I am 12 years old and I want to be a police officer. i found out everything needed to be a police officer but I am not very strong. i am actually a model for a kids clothing line and i have to stay skinny. is there a way for me to become strong and stay skinny?

anon110175
Post 389

In Finland it takes a lot of more time and serious academic studies to become a police officer, than in US. The training takes at least three and a half years plus practical training periods. So the training is at least four years, and usually some more.

You can read the details from the Police College of Finland.

anon109411
Post 388

Here's the deal.

I have a double nationality I am a French-American

born in France, speaking fluent English without any accent.

I've obtained my American nationality but have done only my elementary education in an American school

and my middle-high and high school education in France.

Can I still apply to become a police officer in the U.S.? If so, then please tell me how? And if I can follow my police formation in France and then work in the U.S. after learning the American code of law?

Thank you in advance to anybody kind enough to answer me.

anon108647
Post 387

I'm 13 years old, and would love to become a police officer. I'm over average in most of my classes and I'm not deterred by any of the study that I'm sure I'll have to do to become one. But would love to know what specific classes I need to learn in order to do certain exams in the future. I'm from Australia, New South Wales and my name is Chloe so could you please help me in my future dream.

anon108382
Post 386

I'm deaf, and I am trying to learn how to read lips and how to speak. I'm very smart in school. I've already read over 500 mystery books, all through from the little children book to teens books, then to adults' books every year.

I also have been practicing detective work and reading other people's face and body language. I've been doing that ever since I was only seven. I am 16 right now. I also do sports, breakdancing, running, and wrestling. I am an athlete. I'm also an an actress. I've acted out in movies before and I'm very good at hiding my reactions and stuff. All I want to know, is what I should do to take the test and to get my Detective ID. Thanks. ~Mariah

anon108378
Post 385

I'm twelve years old and i want to become a police officer. i live near london and wondered what sort of stuff i need to study on at school. Any comments would help a lot!

anon107625
Post 384

I was wondering if I could still become a cop but I feel my past might be an issue on the lie detector test.

I stole when I was young from a piggy bank quarters to play video arcade games. I also did try mushrooms, and weed, which I found out was the nastiest thing ever.

Besides that I have a clean record, I am in great shape (bodybuilding type), am licensed as a boxer, go to university and am very proficient in network information technology.

I have a clean driving record, and know how to drive anything from a car to a truck. Plus I am bilingual in Spanish, and in my area it seems that the Spanish population is growing. So my question is with my past old activity many, many years ago will that be an issue? We are talking about over 10 years ago.

anon107556
Post 383

Let's say someone tried ecstasy when they were about 16-17 years old but never did it again because they realized what it truly was, and then went to college and got a four year degree in criminal justice. Would they have an automatic DQ in becoming a police officer?

anon107149
Post 382

I am 13 years old and I live in south Carolina. I am very, very interested in becoming a police officer. I love to help people and work with the community. I really want to know my first steps into becoming a police officer.

anon106371
Post 381

I am 12 years old. I'm called jayde. i live in county durham. i am english. i really want to become a police woman. i am getting info off the internet on how to become a police woman and it's really good.

anon105190
Post 380

My name is Jason and I just graduated this year from south milwaukee high school. i played track and swimming for one year. i run two miles and lift weights every day. I'm in great shape and i was wondering how to get started on becoming a police officer.

anon103663
Post 377

My name is Joshua and I'm 16 years old and I live in Oklahoma. What kind of classes do I need to take? I was going to see if I could take any in high school. I play sports, athletic, drug free, trustworthy, educated, common sense, I don't quit till I finish the job, and I'm a team player and being a cop would be awesome. Thanks, Joshua

anon102188
Post 373

I am an 18 year old from India. I passed high school in india and i study in army school in india. I want to become a police officer. What to do? I have a permanent visa.

anon101011
Post 372

to become a police officer do you need any qualifications like gcse and a-levels? Someone please answer this question.

anon100722
Post 370

I am 15 year old female and I really want to be a police officer when I'm older. I have recently told my parents this, and they are certainly not supportive. They don't want to listen to me about this issue, so they ignore it too.

I am wondering how I can get my parents to understand that this is my dream. I want to have them be supportive for me. I sometimes wonder why they don't want me to be a police officer.

Wouldn't they want me to be on the good side of the law, helping people, making a difference, instead of doing drugs, or maybe even something worse? Any advice would be great! Thanks from Jackie.

anon99962
Post 368

Well, unlike a lot of the people posting on here, I am actually starting my journey towards the police force this coming college semester. I just have to know, what kind of questions do they ask you during the lie detector test? And what are the physical requirements for becoming a police officer?

smileydunz
Post 367

I'm 15 going on 16 years old and I'm going in the 12th grade but i made a mistake and now I'm going back to school in september. I have never done drugs and have no criminal records as yet because I'm young, of course, but I'm interested in being a police or a lawyer because i love helping people in the community and in the country. I believe in justice so to become a police officer, what courses do I have to take in high school to get into college in the bahamas or any other college? Please help me out while my options are open, please and thank you! rashean k.

amypollick
Post 366

@Jackie: Ask the DARE officer when you ask to help. He or she should be able to tell you everything you need to know about becoming an officer. Good luck!

anon98632
Post 365

I am 15 years old and I live in Newfoundland, Canada. I am very, very interested in becoming a police officer. I love to help people and work with the community. I really want to know my first steps into becoming a police officer.

If someone could please tell me I would really appreciate it. I am thinking about getting more involved with DARE next school year, like helping out and stuff. I still have to ask the officer about that. Anyway, any advice would be great! Thanks, Jackie

anon98329
Post 364

I want to become a police officer. I'm still in high school, have a clean record, and I'm 17. What do I do now.

anon98086
Post 363

what are the steps to becoming a police officer from step 1 to step the last step? this is from tusi ale, 10 years old.

anon96834
Post 362

I'm 17years old and i really want to be an officer but i dont know what i have to do become an officer. do i have to finish year 12 and go sign up for police academy training, yes or no? someone tell me. i really want to be a police officer.

anon96252
Post 360

does calling 911 keep you from being a cop?

i called 911 and it wasn't serious so they asked for my information and I'm scared that I'm in the system and that it will affect anything. It's really been hurting me. i want to be a police officer.

micawad
Post 359

I'm 17, and I'm seriously considering becoming involved with law enforcement. I'm going to be a senior next this fall, and i excel in english and history, but my math and science are average at best. I was hoping you'd tell me the difference between a cop and a state trooper, because my mother says state troopers pay over 80k annually. Also, if they would take my size into consideration. I'm 6'5, 265. I currently play varsity football as a lineman. I'll probably play d3 college football, and i was also wondering what classes i should take to make it to the top.

anon94145
Post 357

To anyone wanting to be a cop, go speak to a cop with one or two years' service at your local station. They should be happy to talk to you and give you a feel for what the job entails, without having attitudes that are too jaded.

They know more about the current recruitment process wherever you live. Take to heart what they say. It's a hard job, you work crap hours, deal with horrible people, scary and distressing situations and it's not especially well paid.

On the other hand, it can be a rewarding job, too. After a week of dealing with pissy neighbour disputes, you might jail a prolific thief, a drunk driver, or have to smash down a door to let an Ambo crew in to treat an attempt suicide. You can go home after 12 hour night shift, crack open a beer and realise you maybe did make a difference that night.

Of course, the following night you'll be thinking "This job stinks" again, but that's just the way it goes.

zac569
Post 356

i just got out of prison three months ago, where i was brutally raped on several occasions. i then decided i wanted to do everything i could to keep people like that in prison where they belong. however i have a few offenses on my record, such as the one i was previously in jail for which was my fourth DUI offense, as well as a domestic abuse charge, along with a few previous methamphetamine charges. Is there any way i can still become an officer?

anon94001
Post 353

I am a 16 year old girl and i am going to be a high school senior this year. I never took any courses related to being a police officer, but I really want to be a detective. What should my first step be?

anon93143
Post 352

you have to be 19 to be a cop. you have to have your green p's, finished year 12 in high school or a certificate 4 at TAFE.

anon92815
Post 350

There's a class you can take from former cops who consult with law enforcement. They have some live seminars (cheaper) and on-line/telephone consulting which gives you one on one with a trainer but you don't get to see other students take a mock oral board exam like in the seminar. Mentor Research Group is their name.

anon92695
Post 349

331* Very funny. Cops are very educated. Everyone who is in a career is educated -- how the hell do you think they get where they are? And to 343 and 342 you made a GREAT point. If someone's robbing you what the hell are you going to do about it? Call your high school english teacher? Since they're "educated"? Ha.

anon92313
Post 348

I am 16 and have recently decided that i wanted to become a law enforcement officer. But i have a few questions. First off about a year ago i got arrested for retail theft but i joined this program that it will erase off your record if you complete it. It's a year long program. Will this affect me?

I have tried marijuana and did it daily but i have been clean for about six months and will never do it again. And last question: what is the best path? I want to become an police officer but also want to make good money everything from classes to take, and also my eyes are not the best.

Thank you for reading and if someone is educated enough to reply, please do.

anon92122
Post 347

I'm going to be 18 in a few months and I was wondering what I have to do to after high school to become a police officer. Any specific classes in college? My dad was a police officer for a while and he graduated top of his class from college so no one should dare say police are undereducated. They obviously know more than you.

anon91967
Post 346

what kind of education do you have to have to become an officer?

anon91944
Post 345

I'm 16 and want to become a cop but i heard that you have to be over 18 or 18 to try so i was wondering if anyone could help me out and tell me the age you have to be to be accepted as a cop. Thanks.

anon91638
Post 344

I've always wanted to be a police officer, but I have awful breathing problems. Is there a way I can still join?

anon91377
Post 343

And another thing to 331: if someone broke in your house what the heck are you going to do, call 911?

anon91375
Post 342

this is to 331: You're dead wrong if you think a police officer is overpaid. Sure, some might be trigger happy, but when some guy pulls a gun in your face or something of that sort happens what do you think you would do? If cops weren't here then this world would go to hell.

anon91264
Post 341

I am a police officer in Southern California. I have eight years on the force. For the past month or so, I have been thinking really hard about quitting law enforcement. I like most of the job but hate the people in management (really only the sergeant. They are not good leaders). Reading some of the comments on this website reminded me how hard I worked to get to where I am now.

For reminding me of that, I want to thank you guys.

Here's the truth about law enforcement. Every department is different. Some will not give a person a chance if there is any past drug use. Most will, as long as the drugs you had used were only marijuana or even a small amount of meth and enough time has passed (three to five years). If you have ever used any LSD, mushrooms, etc., you're done -- become a plumber.

You young kids 14, 15,16ish get involved with the Explorers program at a local PD or join the ROTC at school. Don’t be a nerd and work really hard and you will make a good police officer.

Being a cop is fun. Last night I drove over 80-100 MPH on three separate calls. I arrested a 13 year old for burglarizing a local elementary school and chased after people all night. LOL Makes me wish I was working right now.

anon91134
Post 340

does anyone else think it's a little weird that most of the people on this site that want to be cops are either prepubescent foreign boys or people with screwed-up pasts? Kind of makes you wonder what type of people cops really are.

anon91033
Post 339

I am 14 years old. To be a police officer is my dream. sorry if this is stupid question but I am asking, ok? if someone wears glasses, can they be a police officer. you know being a police officer came to my mind when I was seven years old.

i want to be a police officer. thank you.

anon90939
Post 338

I'm 15 and i knew what i wanted to do at age three. my father is a police officer and my grandfather is the chief. but I'm like crazy about police and watch every police show from cops to mall cops of america. is there any way i can become a police officer sooner? i checked and i think if you join the police explorers you can go to police academy at 18. is that true?

anon90786
Post 337

I am a city police officer. For all of the people here who have recently been ticketed for DUI or for fairly recent past drug use, save your breath, and save the police department time as well, because you are wasting their time applying with those things on your record.

If you have any type of drug use or drug related arrest, the police department will not even come close to considering you as a future police officer.

Stop fooling yourself and grow up. Find another profession.

anon90745
Post 336

I am i single mum with two kids and my dream is to be a police officer. i am going to apply next year. i have to go back to school first but that is my dream, even though you have to go through a lot of stuff, it's worth it.

anon90738
Post 335

I just graduated from the police academy six months ago, and it was the worst year for police job availability. I have had to move back home with my parents temporarily while looking for work.

Most of my officer friends say to get a job locally and wait it out while the economy recovers, but won't living at home look bad on a background investigation?

I can't afford to live on my own at the moment, although I have in the past. What's my alternative?

anon90538
Post 334

Yes, what grades do you need in maths and english maybe science? how do you apply? do you have to go to collage or uni? do you have to have certain things in collage like public services? i am 15 and very interested and was just wondering about my career. Sam

anon90379
Post 333

To 330: you have to have high school diploma, and at least an associate degree.

anon90106
Post 331

LOL. I see all these inexperienced youngsters and people with DUI's asking if they can also become police officers. I always knew most police forces are pathetic in their own right, but seeing garbage that's been spewed on this page just reinforces the fact that cops are generally undereducated, overpaid, trigger-happy buffoons. I hope karma catches up with you all. Good luck.

anon89704
Post 330

what if I did not have the high school diploma. is that ok to become a police officer? And I do not have any criminal background. Please answer this question!

anon88798
Post 329

how old do you have to be to become a police officer?

anon88463
Post 328

I am 16 and want to become a police officer. I don't have a criminal background or any kind of tickets, however, I recently got over an addiction to marijuana. I haven't gone to any kind of counseling. I quit completely on my own.

I plan on getting an associates degree before going in to law enforcement. I have heard that if you admit to smoking marijuana on the lie detector you cannot get hired? Is this true?

anon88074
Post 327

I've read that to join the police you need to be healthy and you have to take a few tests and go into some room where they interview you whilst connected to a lie detector.

anon87637
Post 326

@323: How can one be married to an illegal alien? Wouldn't they be applicable for a green card by virtue of being married to a citizen?

anon86265
Post 323

I have a question. i know someone who wants to become a police officer, but he is married to an illegal alien. can he still apply to become a police officer?

anon85647
Post 322

can i become a police officer by doing police rangers and police cadets?

baffled
Post 321

In response to #13: Check to see if your local law enforcement has an explorer program. that is a good way to get exposed to what law enforcement is all about and get experience. also you will have to attend a law enforcement academy. some are at a local community college or an academy, depending what agency you apply for and what state you live in. good luck. it's an interesting job.

aimei
Post 319

i'm a high school student and i just handed in a registration form for my grade 11 classes. I'm very interested in the police force, and that's what i want to do when i graduate. I just need to know all the classes required to be a police officer. What science's do I need? What math? Just A30 or do I need B30 also? Thanks!

anon84286
Post 318

I would highly recommend that you ask these questions at your local police department. I know for a fact that having bad credit, d.U.I, recent convictions or pending convictions will disqualify someone. There may be a few other things.

These minor offenses like trying drugs at an early age won't disqualify you. Or petty crimes as long as you don't repeat them when you're an adult.

I also suggest if you qualify, to take ride alongs in your local departments and ask questions. This career is very demanding and takes much commitment. So to everyone who wants to become a peace officer good luck and never give up.

anon84200
Post 317

i am 23 years old and i am female. i am an undergrad student and want to become a police officer.

anon83813
Post 316

Okay I got laid off about two months ago and I have been wanting to pursue my dream of becoming a cop. I was just going to enroll for summer courses when last month I got a DUI. I also got a misdemeanor six years ago for getting caught stealing. I returned everything but is still on my record a stupid thing that I did then, and then this DUI. Which are the only things on my record -- nothing else.

Will this affect my dream of becoming a police officer?

anon83801
Post 314

I am a 13 year old boy and I am really into police. I have a book called "police officer exam" and I want to be a police officer, but i have a few questions. How old do you have to be to start the process of becoming a police officer? Can a police officer have a beard for religious reasons? Do you have to go to college? Please let me know! Thanks a lot.

anon83448
Post 313

I am a Dutch citizen, soon to be a U.S. resident (eventually U.S. citizen, be cause I'm married to a U.S. citizen).

I am already a cop in my home country (seven years police experience). Do I really need to be full U.S. citizen to apply for being a cop in America?

anon83397
Post 312

I am 17 years old, turning 18 in september. Recently I have been heavily exploring the police profession. i am an active member of the local police explorer group and that has really opened my eyes.

About two years ago my father passed away. i had to see him in the hospital in a coma, and it was the hardest thing i have ever had to do.

When i was down there with my "half-brother" he introduced me to marijuana. it made things so much easier, and i eventually turned to that every time a problem arose. it started as a way to cope with very difficult family problems, but then turned into a habit.

Recently i have stopped and have a good three years before the minimum age requirements are met. during this time, under peer pressure, i ate mushrooms twice. i hate them! the worst experience of my life. both of these are choices that i deeply regret.

i guess what I'm asking is should i even attempt to get a career in this field, or give it up completely. if these mistakes have cost me a great life/ rewarding career, i will be devastated. thanks a lot.

anon82731
Post 311

I'm 14 years old i live in england. i have always wanted to become a police officer. i have no criminal record and i have good grades in school and want to know how to become a police officer.

anon82314
Post 310

How many classes do I have to take to become a police officer?

anon82278
Post 309

I have a prior in a couple things, one being a DUI, however, once I get through criminal justice schooling (I already have a degree in psychology) I am hoping all will be far enough behind me.

I have known a few officers who did make mistakes, none felony crimes of course, who have gone on and become officers. However, based on my record of a lead foot (most written down in the court but still) and two misdemeanors, my chances have been gravely reduced but I am hoping to find a position within the criminal justice system where I can still be in an active role and make a difference in the lives of others.

(P.S. Although not a heavy drinker, I am with a previous poster regarding my DUI-it was one of the best circumstances to ever happen to me! It made me step back and look at my life, deal with my past, and most importantly appreciate and be thankful for all I have in my life and for life itself).

anon82199
Post 308

What subjects do i need to take in school for my gcse?

anon82138
Post 307

i have glasses and bad vision. can i become a cop and have no problems?

anon81366
Post 305

i have a few personal concerns about becoming an officer, most that have to do with my unfair local reputation.

My father was a flint police officer for 23 years (he recently passed away in august. rip.) so i suppose i get more of my inspiration from him. However, my mother hasn't made the best mating decisions, you could say. her ex husband hit an officer a few years back and that officer barely made it out alive.

Unfortunately because i am associated with my mother and she is associated with her p.o.s. ex husband, local law enforcement does not like our family at all. Which I would understand if she was still with him, but she's not and is ashamed of what he did.

I am angry that they don't treat me kindly because I never liked the man in the first place and I feel this guilty by association treatment is completely unfair considering I am not his child, I despise him, and my own father was an officer of the law.

My mother and I have had a few fights when I was younger, nothing that's turned extremely violent. My mother has serious mental issues but is also an amazing liar, so these things have worked against me after she's called police on me.

I've never been convicted of any kind of violence, period. I would never hurt my own mother. But I just feel as if those past experiences would damage my chances of becoming an officer.

I did receive an MIP in 2006 when I was 17. I'm now turning 21 in September. I did go to jail for three days because I was unable to pay my court fines and complete my community service. (i was seven months pregnant at the time and very sick plus had preeclampsia which is why i didn't complete the c.s. i baby sat for my mother to pay my fines, but she never paid me for it so I couldn't pay my fines.)

I've gotten three minor traffic violations, and one speeding ticket but I have no points on my license. I was also involved with hard drugs when I was 17 but have given all that up and never plan on turning back.

I was never caught with or convicted of any drug related crimes. I already plan on being upfront and honest about my dark past as a teen.

I've given up hope in applying to my local departments, given my mother's side of the family's reputation. Not to mention, I wouldn't want to work for them anyway because I feel they pick favorites and allow people they know to get away with serious crimes (domestic violence, alcohol related violations, etc). That's never something my father would have done.

But I am wondering, given my unfair local reputation, is there a current officer out there who thinks if I am completely honest and show my true character (which I think I have very good character, and I hope others do too.) that I could still be hired in by a department? I'm really hoping so.

I do honestly believe I would make a good officer. I think given my dark past, I'm a little more in tune with people's problems and can help out a community (whichever decides to hire me) in big ways. thank you for your time, sorry for the length. have a great day.

anon80197
Post 303

I'm a very clean cut, super clean type dude suit and tie person. i was recently involved with gangs and other things but i changed my life around so i guess it came from my pops being bad. He was part of the black panthers back in the 60's but i will be the next police officer.

anon80140
Post 302

I am 32 years of age and have never had a felony conviction. I have only been arrested one time for a public intoxication.

I do not do drugs but I have in the past when I was younger. I am currently in college to receive a BA in Social and Criminal Justice and plan on attending a Houston Police Academy once I have the degree.

I have a good driving record and also plan on doing some community service. I am in decent physical shape (not fat but could use some toning up). Do I sound like the type of person who can become an officer of the law?

anon79973
Post 301

I'm 27 years old and wanted to pursue a bachelors degree in criminal justice but two years ago I was in court for a felony child abuse charge against me but due to some really different circumstances in the case, the felony was dropped by the DA's motion and i was just charged with a misdemeanor count of child neglect.

I had to serve two years probation and just finished it with no problems last month March 2010.

Is a career in this field still in order or a waste of time?

anon79954
Post 300

my name is adan and I'm from kenya and my parents was born in somali so the direct problem is that it is hard for me to speak english sometimes. So my dream goals is to become a U.S.A police officer. so how can i be one?

anon79599
Post 299

I was just wondering I recently got out of the military as a 31E, also known as military police and corrections specialist.

I received an honorable discharge for a personality disorder. basically my wife's mother died a while back and her brother shot himself when i was in the army and I was depressed and they sent me home to straighten things out and be there for her.

I was really only depressed from being away from her during such a hard time. I'm doing well now and other than that i do have training from the military for these fields and was wondering. i used to smoke pot and have tried hard drugs occasionally in the past and sold drugs. Would this affect me?

Also i have a car that got repossessed because i was working a job for two years and didn't get enough time for unemployment and got behind. i only owe 5500 to the bank and i haven't touched any hard drugs in like four or five years and it's been like a year since I've smoked pot. but I've worked on state jobs as a a roofer for two years and was in the military for police and corrections training and had a secret security clearance.

also i had one minor possession charge for seeds that were found in my vehicle like four or five years ago.

I've been married for two years and really want to change my life around. times are tough and i want to make a better life for us and prevent others from making same mistakes i have. do you think i have a chance as a prison guard or a cop? if you could help it would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

anon78134
Post 293

you need decent english and maths skills, pretty good vision and you need to be quite fit and i think you have to go to college to learn about law and enforcement.

anon77521
Post 292

I have very bad vision, but I wear glasses. Could I still become an officer?

anon77264
Post 291

I'm 15 and I'm so determined to become a police officer. I'm just worried because maths is not my strongest point and I'm wondering if math is something that is really needed as a police officer?

anon77222
Post 290

I'm 19 years old and I'm a girl. i just got my motorcycle licence and yes i want to be a mounted officer but I've been bummed out. I heard from a person that because i wear hearing aids i might not be able to consider this career and i can hear with them just like a normal person can.

So can anyone help me out? I really don't want to give up on this career until I'm sure that i have no hopes. thanks.

anon76797
Post 289

I'm 19 years old and I'd like to join the academy of police but i got my high school diploma from another country and i don't go to college yet. is that a problem for me to join the academy?

anon76771
Post 288

Ok, I have read every one of these, and I still haven't found my answer.

I would like to become a police officer. I had a DUI six years ago, and after that I never drink and drive. I walk, I take a cab, or I don't go out if I want to drink.

I have had many discussions with officers (off duty) in bars, and they say that it shouldn't be an issue. They drove themselves to the bars, and got plastered, and drove home.

I know that they are officers of the law, not on the clock, but if I do become a police officer I don't want to work with hypocrites like this.

Also, I have a few speeding tickets, most from when I was young, about 20, and this also is a moral issue. I know that most police officers use their badge as a get out of jail free card if pulled over.

I see black and whites (the color of police cars in my city) going a lot faster than the posted limit without their lights and sirens on. Why do you think the lights and sirens are there? It's so you can let people know that there is something going down and you need to break the law to be there in time to save someone in need, or you need to get to the sale at Macy's or something. Either way, use them.

Recently I got pulled over (fix it, flasher was out). It was by the officer that stopped me when I received my DUI. I remembered his name, and I was actually happy. I said "Officer (name here)!" He was taken off guard, and I said "You arrested me years ago, about a mile away!" He said "What, DUI?" I laughed, and said yeah, how is your (insert name of raced out car) doing?"

He took my DL, and checked it. He was very happy to see that I had not had another DUI. I told him that he most likely saved my life that night. Yeah, bromance. whatever. He is a "good, by the book, cop," which most should be.

Either way, I am a very moral person, who likes to help people out who are in need, in good shape, strong, smart, don't use drugs, smoked pot years ago.

I can relate to people, and empathize.

We need more cops like me. Can I be a cop?

How can I convey these facts to the people that may hire me?

anon76453
Post 287

i am now a cop but when i was younger i was charged with a DUI but i changed my life, went to college and applied to be a police officer. At the interview I was completely honest and let them know that in previous years i had received a DUI and I still became a cop.

We all make stupid mistakes when we're young, you just have to be willing to change and turn your life around and work towards it. If you've ever been convicted of a felony though, your chances are very slim and if you currently do drugs or want to be a police officer and continue using drugs, you can forget about it.

You're a police officer, and you take drugs off the street, not contribute to it. Maintain a clean record, stay physically fit and join the military or get a degree and possibly get some community volunteer hours under your belt and you would be a great candidate as a police officer.

Good luck all, follow your dreams, don't give up!

anon76350
Post 286

First off, me being experienced in the hire process for a certain department, and I'll tell everyone now that if you have smoked weed in the past and not still smoking it, like trying once or twice is ok. any other drug such as cocaine heroine, etc., or prescription drugs like adderall

or any other forms of non over the counter you will be disqualified.

That is on the basis of the department I'm referring to. Also be in good shape physically. The PT tests nowadays are more rigorous than what old timer cops will be telling you.

anon76043
Post 284

i am 20 years old and will be 21 in august. i have nothing on my record and i have a high school diploma but i have not gone to college. am i still able to become a police officer?

anon75949
Post 283

I am 45 years old and through many years of consideration have decided to try for the position of a police officer in a very small town (POP 752). It is now 2010 but in 1993 I had a domestic abuse charge filed on me. Will this stop me from becoming an officer in Missouri?

I have a GED and six years Military Police Training. I also had miscellaneous misdemeanor charges on me as a young adult. In 1995 I changed my life around and have no arrest or tickets since then. Thanks for any and all help.

anon75467
Post 282

You got a DUI and you smoke drugs? no crap -- you can't become a cop.

anon75410
Post 281

I'm 13 years old and i want to be a police officer when i get older and I'm doing a paper about how i can become a police officer. And this site is very useful. I'm super excited to start training to be a police officer.

anon75213
Post 280

I'm 15 turning 16 this year and i want to become a detective! I live in australia and i can speak three different languages.

I would like to know how i can achieve this goal and what subjects i have to do.

p.s. i love watching criminal shows. i find them pretty interesting.

anon75041
Post 279

i smoke weed and want to become a cop. is it possible?

anon74848
Post 278

to anon72731: you want to be an Illinois state trooper, you need clout.

anon74111
Post 275

at one time or another i was involved with marijuana and cocaine as a youngster, and one of the reasons i have chosen to become an officer and try towards taking it out of kids and other people's hands. i was worried about the lie detector test and what they base their questions on. would i need to worry about this?

i have no prior convictions nor a criminal record.

anon73465
Post 273

I've wanted to be a police officer since i was younger. i am 17 turning 18 this year. i will be going to college for criminal justice in September but i have been wondering what classes would i need to take? does it include math because that's a weak point for me.

anon73273
Post 272

if i make bad grades in high school would that affect me becoming a police officer.

anon72883
Post 271

Can I be a successful police officer and still smoke pot every now and then?

anon72731
Post 270

My name is Donovan I am very interested in pursing a career as a state trooper, preferably in Illinois. Does anyone know how I would about getting this job? I will head off to college this fall and I will be a Criminal Justice major. I just need help figuring out what to do afterward. Can someone please help me?

anon72381
Post 269

"i have gotten in some trouble in school. is that going to affect me?"

That depends if it was illegal or if it is serious and discoverable online or in personal records of yours.

anon72343
Post 268

i want to become a federal agent. would being a police officer help put me on that road?

anon72173
Post 267

I will be 17 in three months. I'm going to a two- year college for law enforcement in fall 2010. After that (assuming i pass the college) I'm going into the military police training for as long as i can. Possibly become military police as well. Anyone want to tell me what complications I'll have with this plan? I have do not have a criminal record.

anon70845
Post 266

I'm 16 years old, female, and looking into working as a community police officer. how do i start off? i have never been in trouble and i will be 17 in three months. i have a good education and my dream for a future career to be a police officer. i am a caring person. i work out at the gym four days a week and i run 5 miles every day. I'm a very healthy person and 5ft 5. if there is any help, please help me. thank you.

anon69616
Post 264

i have gotten in some trouble in school. is that going to affect me?

anon68376
Post 260

I would love to become a police officer. sometimes i wonder what it would take.

anon68364
Post 259

how long does it take to become an officer?

anon67673
Post 258

hello there ima cop i been transfer from an other unit or other country and thing are different but let me tell you all some you all qualify if you really want to be a cop or what ever you want to do in life. don't give up guys.

anon67500
Post 256

i wanted to know how many years do you have to do training or schooling to become a police officer?

anon67344
Post 255

I would really enjoy working and becoming a cop. I really want to know all the information about becoming a cop. I know this will be a long process but am up for it.

anon67054
Post 254

I like to wear combat boots so I was wondering if being a cop would be a good decision for me. By the way, I keep my fingernails short, so I don't think I have to worry when it comes to that, "assuming there is a dress code." P.S.- I'm a boy

anon66776
Post 253

I'm sixteen with a clean record right now. will becoming an officer help me to join the DEA?

anon66041
Post 250

I have wanted to become an officer ever since I was a little girl. When I was little I told my mom that's what I would love to be.

Because my grandfather is a retired sheriff in Detroit and all my uncles are cops so my goals were to become the first lady in the family to become a cop.

But yes, I am young. I'm sixteen and I've done some stupid things but not involved with the law. But there has been a time were something has come up in my household that involved my father. I was wondering if that involves me.

anon65957
Post 248

i'm 15 and I've always dreamed of being a cop. i've got a good education and have never done drugs and i want to know how you become a cop. i'm a girl.

anon65790
Post 247

ok I'm 16 yrs old, I'm also a girl. I don't have a wonderful past. I've done stupid things, but I'm trying to get my life turned around. Luckily I've realized i needed to turn things around at a young age, and in this process I've seen how much better life is being drug and alcohol free and being on the good side of the law makes me feel a lot happier than being in constant trouble. So, I've decided I'd love to become a police officer.

But i read the above passage and it says there will be a lie detector test and I'm guessing they will ask about drugs/alcohol. I have done drugs in my past but like i previously stated, i no longer do drugs or drink. will this affect me getting a job as a police officer?

anon65691
Post 246

my name is german and i wanted to know what to do after i graduate from high school because i want to be a cop.

anon65227
Post 245

I'm almost sixteen now. I am the class clown of my class. But lately I've been wondering about my future. I have always been interested in becoming a cop but never knew what my first step should be. I just want to know when and how I should start doing things. And I noticed all the A's were highlighted. Why?

anon65158
Post 244

i'm 17 and i want to become a police officer. help me become one please.

anon64961
Post 243

hi im 13 and i really want to be a police officer. how can i become one?

anon64935
Post 242

My name is Unzillah i wanted to know how many gcse do you need to be a police officer. can you please help me? thank you.

anon64767
Post 241

I really want to become a police officer, and i was just wondering what are the right academics needed for this position? Thank you.

anon64591
Post 240

I'm 15 years old and I really want to be a police officer! I have good speed but slow reactions and sometimes I notice things that other people don't and I want to help people in need. Those are my reasons to become a police officer.

anon64158
Post 239

I was wondering can i work in the NYPD if i came from Bosnia and Herzegowina? Please answer me.

anon63484
Post 232

i was charged about 5-6 years ago with possessing a street sign. it was a stupid thing i did when i was 17-18 years old i was charged criminally as an adult, would this affect my wanting to become a police officer? or should i get a pardon, which i was going to do anyways

anon63432
Post 231

i am currently working towards getting my high school diploma and i am trying to get my life straight. i think i could be a good cop. how can i do this?

anon63422
Post 230

I am in the Army National Guard and I did all my basic boot camp training and Military Police job training. Would I still be required to attend the Police Academy in order to join?

anon63417
Post 229

I'm planning on becoming a police officer but i want to eventually transfer to SWAT. what should i do?

anon63323
Post 228

I am interested in becoming a police officer. I used to be a foreign exchange student in the US and I want go back to live there if it is possible.

I have relatives who were born in the states and my grandpa was a citizen also. My question is that do I have to be a citizen in all the states to become a police officer? Thank you for your help.

taffy
Post 227

if you become a police officer can you wear a skirt and have long hair?

anon62692
Post 225

to be a police officer, you don't need any qualifications, so if you are choosing your options and don't know what to take, it doesn't really matter. But if i were you i would take things that would benefit me when joining the police. For example P.E as this would make me stay fit.

anon62494
Post 224

I am a 16 year old boy. my dream was always to become a police officer.I have what it takes and willing to do what it takes to become one. I'm now in high school. If you can help me by showing me the right way. I will be thankful.I really want this!

anon61798
Post 222

i want to be a police officer? what do i have to take in high school?

anon61797
Post 221

what do you take in high school to be a police officer?

anon61750
Post 219

i am 18 years old and a woman. i'm in an lbpd explorer post and i'm trying to become an officer but i feel like because i'm a girl it's going to be harder to get in. should i worry about this?

anon61626
Post 218

Hi, I'm 13 and will be choosing my options soon but I'm not sure what subjects I need to take to become a police officer when I'm older. I have always wanted to be one and I hope I will. I think I have an idea on what I have to take but could you please give me some advice. :)

anon61509
Post 217

i have speeding tickets. will that affect me?

anon61309
Post 216

I am in year nine and have to choose my GCSE options soon. I have always wanted to be in the police force and have been riding for the past 8 - 9 years of my life. It would be my dream to become a mounted officer but i have no idea on how to get there! If anyone can help me in how to get the qualifications i need it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

anon60675
Post 215

I'm 17 and i have always wanted to become a police officer, but i have a problem. i wear glasses and can't see without them. will that affect my chance of getting the job? and also i play sports and keep in shape but what do you have to do to pass the physical test? like what does the physical test require?

anon60202
Post 214

you cannot become a police officer until you're 21. you have to go through an academy of your state's choice and you need to be physically fit, psychologically sound and wanting to become a cop for the right reasons.

Too many cops out there are disrespecting the badge. It all goes back to ethics. Would your family be proud of what you do?

anon60134
Post 213

hey, i was thinking about serving in the military for two years and going to college for my associates. How much money would I make as a cop?

anon59113
Post 208

I'm 15 years old, and i was wondering how fit i would need to be, before i became a police officer, when i am old enough.

Are there any certain things that you have to do? Or, are there any things that you aren't allowed to do? I would like a discussion on this, considering that becoming a police officer when i am older, interests me.

Please give me some ideas towards being a police officer. By the way, i am a girl. please post me back. Thank you.

anon58846
Post 206

If you are not a citizen of the us, is there a possibility to become a police officer? Even if he/she speaks english perfectly?

anon58348
Post 205

Hey, I'm a 16 year old from Australia. I was wondering, would it be possible to join the ranks in the US?

I know I would need a Work Visa, but

A: How old do I have to be to apply for one, and B: would I be able to do my education etc. here, and enter the US as a certified police officer?

anon58269
Post 204

If you are half blind in one eye, what is the likelihood of being disqualified?

anon57722
Post 203

I am a sophomore in college, and for the past two years i have been studying to become a state cop in illinois. however, i have used marijuana once or twice in the past. I'm not proud of these actions, but with a 3.7 GPA and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in criminal justice, do you think i would have any problem with either the lie detector test or with my degree being acceptable? thank you.

anon56784
Post 201

I am in the Air Force, and I think I might go reserve so I can be a civilian police officer.

anon56666
Post 200

police officers are the best.

anon55798
Post 199

you should consider giving back to the community instead of oppressing it.

anon55762
Post 198

today i found out that am going to be a member of the police.

anon55665
Post 197

i am gopal. i need police officer work. now i am completing higher secondary exams. what are the qualifications?

anon55090
Post 193

A DUI is a misdemeanor and will usually not disqualify you from the job. More than one DUI will usually disqualify you.

anon54780
Post 192

how many years as a cop must you do to get into a s.w.a.t. unit?

anon54600
Post 190

if you are between the ages of 14 and 21, the police explorer program is the best ting out there. it really shows you if you want to be a cop or not.

I have been involved in it for a long time and my dad has taught it since 1986. recently our program was ranked number one by the national police chiefs association.

so i encourage you to call your local police department to get involved.

anon54597
Post 189

I am going to try and become a police officer. it has been my dream since i was 8 and i have my aunt to thank for that. she taught me everything i know about the police force and now that i am 16, i am going out for an apprenticeship under my aunt most likely.

anon53930
Post 188

I have to take my options this year and i want to be a police officer, but i don't know what options to take to be a police officer. i was wondering if anyone could help me.

anon53552
Post 186

I'm going on eight years as a police officer in Wichita, Kansas and want to say that most officers tell you to get an education in something other than criminal justice, because if that's all you have and you get injured on the job to the point you can no longer do it. What are you going to be able to do with a CJ?

anon53500
Post 185

I want to become a police officer. that was my dream, but it seems that i can't do it now, i think, because i got arrested once and only one time in my life. Now im about to finish my parole, so i don't know if i can still become a police officer, and i'm just a resident, not citizen yet. can you guys help me out here? thanks

anon53213
Post 184

Are you people serious?

anon53112
Post 183

If you are a teenager join an explorers program. You just call the agency you wish to become some day and ask about it. It looks good on a resume and you gain a lot of important information.

Yes, the military is always looked highly upon. Most law enforcement officers are prior military without a degree. Any felony is a disqualification.

anon52250
Post 182

well i always wanted to become a police officer my whole life. like when i was i a little girl, we played cops and robbers and i always wanted to be the cop, so like yeah my whole life. well i am a junior in school so i'm getting pretty close!

anon52224
Post 181

i am an 18 year old female and i'm now attending college getting my associates in criminal justice. what can i do now to get a head start on becoming a police officer?

anon52160
Post 180

Why does everybody in here post their age? You don't need people knowing your age on here. As far as all of the questions being asked, read the article! It tells you everything.

If you're still lost then contact your local police department and ask them. They would be able to help you out more than anybody on here. The police also offer a ride along program where you would ride with a police officer for a day or so to see what it's like to be in their shoes. Again contact your local PD to see if they offer something like that. Therr might be an age limit so all of you under 18 years old might have to wait.

anon51699
Post 179

hi im 13 and i'd like to become a police officer. what subjects do i take?

anon51694
Post 178

my name is scott. all my life i wanted to become a cop. i'm 21. i'm tired of seeing the crimes on the streets. i want to help fight crime. i live next to a police department. i need to know what all i have to do to join the polices force

anon51626
Post 177

Can you become a police officer if you have a shoplifting charge?

anon50999
Post 176

Dui will automatically exempt you from ataining a spot on the force. Also dui s are not mistimenors they are felonies.

anon50654
Post 175

do i have to go through school to become a police officer?

anon50624
Post 174

what classes are involved in becoming a police officer?

anon50612
Post 173

i'm 14 years old and all i have ever wanted to do was be on the police force, but what are the school guides you need for it? i would love to be in the mounted police force. i have being riding since i was three years old and everyone says that i would make a great cop! thanks heaps. Zoe

anon50448
Post 171

I am currently in a PSA class (Public Safety Academy). I am a junior in Cali. I was wondering if after high school i can become a police officer in Mexico right after school.

anon50241
Post 170

Is 39 too old to join the police force?

brenton18
Post 169

I recently did a ride-along with my local police department. After this ride-along I found out that I really want to become a police officer. I am only 18 years old, soon to be 19. is there anything I can do to better prepare myself for becoming an officer? Can I go through the police academy so I would be ready to become an officer when I turn 21?

anon49859
Post 168

I'm 14 and i have been dreaming of becoming a police officer ever since i was elementary school and i'm never letting that dream go away and i mean it. --Deondre14

anon49447
Post 167

i'm 17 years old and i want to become a police officer but my question is can i start any programs now to begin my journey early? i am very interested in becoming a police officer and would like to see what it's really like to be on the police force.

anon49403
Post 166

hey i am an 18 year old girl and a senior in high school and i was woundering if i can do police academy

anon49326
Post 165

i'm 17 years old and i want to be a cop when i grow up. i smoke pot but I'll stop when i turn 18. i plan smoking on my eighteenth birthday then quitting. will i still be able to be a cop. or should i quit the day before i turn 18? Please answer quick. i turn 18 in a couple of days.

anon49118
Post 164

i'm 24 and have been in the Army for four years, served twice in iraq/afghanistan and I wanted to know if military service excludes the need for college or is it still mandatory to receive a degree? Sgt Micheal Church

anon49056
Post 163

never give up.

anon49055
Post 162

That my friend is not true. private security does help help on your way to become a police officer, as I have numerous family members who are cops and I am heading to become a deputy really soon. First of all, you need to fix or work on fixing your credit. most law enforcement agencies are very strict on credit, even if it's not a high score or low as long as you show you're paying it, it shows a good character line in their eyes. Going to school in a community college is what I highly recommend. Don't go to a fancy private college, because it is not respected by major police agencies and you just wasted a good two to four years of school. Also something very important: do not lie. be completely honest on everything they ask you. if they ask why you owe this and that, tell the truth. debt, if times were rough explain that, if you tried let them know. don't say "oh i just didn't have the time to pay it." respond with something like "I was in such a bad place in my life. I didn't have a job, was looking hard and my luck wasn't there so I couldn't pay, but since I am making money now working now I make payments." only if that is the real case, though. remember they will find out. And back to the security response, private security does give you a better chance of landing a police job then just having a criminal justice degree, also military experience helps out a lot, big time. Good luck all, and remember never give up! my motto is, "When you give up on your dreams, you're already dead." For those of you wanting to be a police officer. Go to school. Specifically in the Criminal Justice law enforcement major. For those of you who believe that 'military training' or 'private security' experience is going to give you the edge, it isn't. The main thing they look at is education. If you don't have 60 college credits, they're going to turn you down. It's a very competitive career, and those who will be interviewing you during the hiring process will be quick to dismiss you from their list of candidates when they ask 'What's the level of your education?' and you say 'High school.' I enrolled in a two-year technical college. I have four months until I receive my degree in the applied science of criminal justice law enforcement. The chances of you getting into the law enforcement field without a degree are within the single digit percentile. It's a prerequisite for almost every department. However there is one other option, but it takes a lot of ambition and enthusiasm on your own part. Do community work, see if you can join some community centers, develop rapport within your town or city, join a criminal justice association club, buy their t-shirts, be a nerd about it. Go for ride-alongs with squad patrol officers, ask them questions, you can even walk down to your local police department and if they're not busy; interview them. Make a thing of it - bring a notebook and a pen, jot down some notes or something. Make friends in that area, have them refer you to other sources. And maybe then if you show that you're a pretty penny, they'll flag you into the academy to have you 'certifiable.' This is not the same thing as a 'certified officer.' All this means is that you went through the 520 hours of basic training, took some core classes, and passed all the state required tests. Making you 'certifiable' aka 'okay we might think about hiring this kid as a junior officer' Or. 'reimburse or pay for his 60 credits.' This career is about honor, not money. You start at 40 grand a year in most departments. But that's if you can get in. They aren't going to hire any guy who's experienced with 'guns' or 'eliminating threats.' These guys are pretty much 'go to guys.' You need directions, a baby's trapped in a burning car, there's a chemical spill, some guy just mugged an old lady, old man is griping about his neighbor's dog, domestic disturbance (which is the one call that officers are most likely to encounter fatality, surprisingly), kids starting trouble and need a good talking to, bank robbers with fully automatic weapons have taken hostages and your wife is in the building; first responder on the scene. These dudes *need* to be sharp. Most of the old guys are grandfathered in, either they knew someone or they somehow skipped a few important chapters in the 'what an officer should be' area. Want to be a cop? You need to learn some things first. Enroll, learn, and drive at it.

anon48571
Post 161

Hello my name is Amber. I'm 21 years old. I'm looking into becoming a police officer. I was just wondering to go through the college and training and everything else. How long would it take for me to become a police officer?

anon48449
Post 160

How would I became a S.W.A.T member after I've been a patrol cop for three years?

anon48011
Post 159

Im twenty and i want to be a police officer. what do i have to start off doing to become one? i wanted to volunteer but who do i talk to? and i live in Australia NSW Sydney. cheers

anon47530
Post 158

i'm a senior in high school and decided to become a police officer. what do i do next when i graduate? i heard i don't need a bachelors degree -- is it true? where do i go to sign up for the academy?

anon47198
Post 157

I want to be a police officer and was wondering, how hard is it to be a police officer? Thank you very much.

anon47192
Post 156

Hi my name is shandrea batson i am 17 years old and i would like to be a police officer.

anon47188
Post 155

what does it take to be a cop? i'm not an american citizen. i was born in mexico. i came to the u.s. when i was 5 and i have a clean record. thank you.

anon46893
Post 154

I am a female sophomore in high school with a clean record, and plans for continuing education. I am a legal US citizen and I was hoping to become a police officer in the SPCA. What are some additional requirements and any advice anyone has to give is also extremely helpful. Thanks!

anon46821
Post 153

my name is tyrell and i live in yukon oklahoma. my goal in life is to be a well paid police officer. i am a sophpmore in high school and play varsity football and basketball. i got caught stealing a dang car freshener. can i still be a police officer?

anon46785
Post 152

Hi, how long does it take to become a detective?

anon46610
Post 151

i am currently 17 years old and i want to be a narc. i was born in Mexico and brought to the us when i was 15 days old! it sucks not to be a citizen. i think i deserve to be a citizen. who can i talk to? i have proof of living here for that long. i am currently a junior in high school. i graduated from middle school and about to graduate from high school. I want to be a DEA agent. i need help. i have good grades and i have brothers and sisters that are all citizens but they're younger. i live in california.

anon46322
Post 150

I'm Cassandra. I go to a tech campus and I'm taking criminal justice. I suck at concentrating in this class.

anon46160
Post 149

Hi my name is joevonta. And i'm 18 and my dream is always to become a police officer. I love school and i'm really smart. i will go to college. i dont care if it takes me millions of years.

anon46146
Post 148

okay so if i wanted to become a state cop, would I go to school for criminology or something else?

anon45808
Post 147

hi. well my dream has always been to be a cop. how do i start? im 19 and straight out of high school.

anon45767
Post 146

You definitely need good credit, and to have a strong mind. Most of all, do not lie to them. they will find out and you will lose your chance of glory.

anon45420
Post 145

Hi i'm from ireland and i hold a dregee in law with business and i would like to know how could i, if at all, become a cop in the usa?

anon44724
Post 143

i really want to become a police officer but i don't know if i can if my family has a criminal record.

anon44603
Post 142

i want to be a cop.

anon44459
Post 141

what qualifications do i need to become a police officer?

anon44080
Post 140

hello my name is victorrie. i am 17 and i would love to be a police officer. it's always been a dream and i am going ti make it and reach my goal. And I had two minor fight charges. is it possible if i can become a police officer? yes i am still in school and after that here comes college.

anon43898
Post 139

My 17 year old daughter has dreamed of being a police officer since she was 5. She is a hepatitis B carrier but is in great health,and is wondering if this will disqualify her. She will be crushed if this is the case.

anon43810
Post 138

Hi i'm 17 and i want to become a police officer. i'm in school now and that's going to be my next step after school.

anon43588
Post 137

Hey I am 15 years old and later in life I want to be a police officer. any advice for what classes i should be taking for a better understanding? -Stephanie

anon43505
Post 136

i have two minor dui's when i was 18, both within six months. is there any chance of me ever becoming a police officer?

anon42967
Post 134

Im 17 years old and i have done marijuana. i just barely stoping using. i want to be able to become a police officer and i want to know if this will be a problem for me joining?

anon42887
Post 133

i am a police office in nigeria. i want to become a police office in the us. the nigeria government is bad and corrupt, so what do i do to be a police office in the us? thanks, Rapheal

anon42832
Post 132

I'm 19 years old and i have always wanted my job to be physical but never knew what. when i graduated from high school i decided that i wanted to become a police officer and now i'm working on my bachelors degree in criminal justice at Greensburg community college and i have never been more excited in my *life*!

anon42772
Post 131

Re: Question 108. I would go into the police force as soon as you can get accepted and take criminal justice classes part time while an officer. By the time you are ready to move into an higher position (maybe 4 years) within the department you will have already had the life experience (which is the best experience) and several courses or even a degree under your belt to help you qualify. Going to college first and then becoming a cop will take more years (precious in this field). I'm already 37 and I can't believe how fast the years have gone by. If you focus on your goal and work hard there's no limit to what you can accomplish. Forget the military. They tell you where you live, eat and breathe. You have no choices. Once you sign up with them you will be theirs for life.

philldick
Post 130

I'm Brazilian age 17 years, and I intend to move to the U.S. soon and would like to work in American police want to know what it takes for a foreigner entering the U.S. police?

anon42634
Post 129

im 19 years old and im in the process of getting in a community college where they offer a associates in criminal justice, now would this help me in the hiring process.

anon42378
Post 128

I am fifteen years old and I have decided to become a cop. And I plan on giving this my whole 100 percent. But I want to know where to start?

anon41685
Post 127

I have seen in the past year here where I live in Ohio that police departments are taking in people with just a high school diploma and then training them. Of course you still have to have a clean record and background. The police departments are now getting grant money from the government to put people through training. So now you don't have to go to college before hand because now people with a high school diploma have just as good a chance to become a police officer as someone who went through college.

anon41264
Post 126

I am 16 years old and I really want to be a police officer, but i have a hearing aid. i can hear almost as a normal person would hear. would i still get the job if i applied for it?

anon41178
Post 125

if you got a dui you need to clear your record up and then get to college and start your career!

anon41101
Post 124

Hey, i am a 13-year-old female. i was wondering what college degrees i need. i only want to be a police officer in Cairns, and i want to join up ASAP.

anon40029
Post 123

I was accepted as an sworn officer for my Township as of May 2009.

anon39938
Post 122

For those of you wanting to be a police officer.

Go to school. Specifically in the Criminal Justice law enforcement major.

For those of you who believe that 'military training' or 'private security' experience is going to give you the edge, it isn't.

The main thing they look at is education. If you don't have 60 college credits, they're going to turn you down. It's a very competitive career, and those who will be interviewing you during the hiring process will be quick to dismiss you from their list of candidates when they ask 'What's the level of your education?' and you say 'High school.'

I enrolled in a 2 year technical college. I have 4 months until I receive my degree in the applied science of criminal justice law enforcement.

The chances of you getting into the law enforcement field without a degree are within the single digit percentile. It's a prerequisite for almost every department.

However there is one other option, but it takes a lot of ambition and enthusiasm on your own part. Do community work, see if you can join some community centers, develop rapport within your town or city, join a criminal justice association club, buy their t-shirts, be a nerd about it. Go for ride-alongs with squad patrol officers, ask them questions, you can even walk down to your local police department and if they're not busy; interview them. Make a thing of it - bring a notebook and a pen, jot down some notes or something. Make friends in that area, have them refer you to other sources. And maybe then if you show that you're a pretty penny, they'll flag you into the academy to have you 'certifiable.' This is not the same thing as a 'certified officer.' All this means is that you went through the 520 hours of basic training, took some core classes, and passed all the state required tests. Making you 'certifiable' aka 'okay we might think about hiring this kid as a junior officer' Or. 'reimburse or pay for his 60 credits.'

This career is about honor, not money. You start at 40 grand a year in most departments. But that's if you can get in. They aren't going to hire any guy who's experienced with 'guns' or 'eliminating threats.' These guys are pretty much 'go to guys.' You need directions, a baby's trapped in a burning car, there's a chemical spill, some guy just mugged an old lady, old man is griping about his neighbor's dog, domestic disturbance (which is the one call that officers are most likely to encounter fatality, surprisingly), kids starting trouble and need a good talking to, bank robbers with fully automatic weapons have taken hostages and your wife is in the building; first responder on the scene. These dudes *need* to be sharp. Most of the old guys are grandfathered in, either they knew someone or they some how skipped a few important chapters in the 'what an officer should be' area.

Wanna be a cop? You need to learn some things first. Enroll, learn, and drive at it.

anon39704
Post 121

i'm only 14 years old and i want to become a police officer but i don't know where to start. any advice?

anon39141
Post 120

My name is lanisha and for many years i always wanted to be a police officer and for an offer like that i can't turn it down. i'm only 16 years old even though my eyesight isn't that good. i think i have what it takes. They didnt make glasses for no reason. Just kidding. i'm looking forward to become a jersey city police officer.

goblue09
Post 119

I am 20 years old, no criminal record and starting my Associates in Criminal Justice next month. I am wondering what i need to do to get started with becoming a police officer. Also i am in the army reserves. does this help come application time? Any information would be helpful. Thanks

Sindri
Post 118

Hey, I'm a 15 year old male. I have no record and I don't live in the United States. But my dream was being a police officer there. Anyone know if i still can? I live in Iceland, but i need to know if i can still be a police officer in the United States. And do you need to complete college to become a police officer?

anon38720
Post 117

hello, i am a 36 year old female with no criminal record, an excellent driving record, but my credit is not that great. my thing is i'm attending college working towards my aa in crimminal justice. it will take me two years to complete, plus i want to transfer to a four-year college to finish up my degree. i will apply after my two years of school which will make me 38 years old. will they hire me or will i be too old? i want to be a homicide detective. need answers soon.

anon38352
Post 116

how much do cops make in CA? -Jack @ how to become a police officer.

anon38316
Post 115

Hi all, I am a 23 years of age, a recent college graduate and I got arrested for DWI when I was 19. (March 2005). I completed all of the necessary probation requirements to receive a PBJ (probation before judgment). I have documentation showing that the charge was dismissed. I applied recently to become a police officer and told my investigator up front about my arrest and she assured me I was fine. She then began my background check and called me and said my background came back fine and I made it through to the next phase of the physical and psycological exam. I then received an email about two weeks later saying I had been disqualified because of my DWI charge in March of 2005. She then recommended I apply again in 2010. What is this 5 year mark I keep hearing about? I can't find any answers online regarding it? And what was the point of me getting probation if it's going to haunt me for the rest of my life?

anon37933
Post 114

do you have to be a born citizen to become a police officer in the united states?

anon37789
Post 113

Ok i am 16 years old and i've been in trouble with the law a few times and i am considered a felon now. could i still become a policeman?

anon36895
Post 110

i was arrested once for orderly misconduct. that was 5 years ago. i was in the county jail for 4 days. it was the first and last time i got arrested. im in college now, can i still be a police officer?

anon36803
Post 109

i am 36. am I too old and I have very bad credit. will that be a problem

anon36745
Post 108

- anon36426

Once you reach High School, ask your guidance counselor to show you what classes to take which will provide a strong foundation for this career. Ex. Criminal Justice, Forensics, ect.

- anon36510

Looks to me like VCE is mandatory, and about VCAL, that is like a literacy test, so as long as you know English well you should be fine.

After reading all these questions... it amazed me that people have the same question: If they are ineligible for this career, mostly due to a minor offense during their youth years. Can't you just read the question and not re-post it?

If i had admin rights to this mini blog/forum, I'd delete all the questions which are practically the same.

Ok since i got that off my chest, here is my question.

Background info:I'm 16 years old, I'm a captain of my high school's lacrosse team(we are number 1 in our region), my record is clean(no drugs, no arrests, nothing...), I have an A-/A average for all my classes(I just finished my sophomore year)

I'm 5'11, and weigh 160 lbs.(perfect physical condition, I have 5% body fat)

So here are my questions:

Q: After obtaining my HS diploma, should I go to college and receive a Bachelors in Criminal Justice?

or

Q2: Go to the military(army) as soon as i finish HS and work as a MP(Military Police)?

or

(I don't know if this is possible, but... here it is.)

As soon as i finish HS, go in the army and join the MPs, and take an online course to get some kind of degree?

I would greatly appreciate an answer from a person who has experience in this field.

anon36510
Post 107

Do you need a VCE Pass to become a police officer, or can you have a VCAL Pass?

anon36426
Post 106

i am 13 and i want to be in law enforcement, but i dont know what i will have to do to become one.

anon36127
Post 105

i'm in the the forces and coming out of the army and i want to join the the german police. how do i go about it and can i join

anon35961
Post 104

do you have to go to college?.......also the background check what does it test you on?

anon35809
Post 103

even if i have done one type of drug in the past and its not on my record can that stop me from becoming a police officer?

anon35688
Post 102

I am 18 years old i'm about 5"2 and weight about 95 pounds will my size stop me from being a police officer

anon35518
Post 101

hi there!

im 18 years old. im curently attending college and im majoring in criminal justice. i can speak 2 language, english and spanish and im studying french. however, im not a us citizen, im a permanent residnent. i just want to know if it would be an imconvenience for my goals

den2001
Post 99

My husband is European but is a permanent resident of the US. He was dishonorably discharged from the military in his country ten years ago, because of a few things on his criminal record in that country like petty theft and he got arrested for a street fight, he only had to pay some fines, no jail time. Anyway this was all about ten years ago, will this prevent him from becoming a sheriff/police officer here in the US? Before he was discharged he did extraordinary work in the military (special forces) and has a lot of experience that will make him a great asset in the police force, he just did stupid and regretful things as a young man. He applied for a few departments but did not mention his criminal record or discharge on the applications because he assumed the background check would be a US background check, not in his country of origin. He has a concealed weapons license in many US states, and that's why he assumed the background check in Europe is not done. The problem now is does he fess up to these things at the interview he was called for next month or just hope it won't show up? Obviously he feels he should be honest but he doesn't want this to deter them from hiring him as despite his past, he knows he made stupid mistakes but knows he'd be a great officer. Any advice?

moonknight20
Post 98

I am 21 years old and i just recently got my High School diploma. Would just getting my diploma on time keep me from being able to be one. I didn't get it on time because of medical reasons.

anon34574
Post 97

i'm 14 i got a fine for trespassing and i'm kinda naughty at school does that mean i cant be a police-officer

anon33085
Post 95

I'm going to be 18 soon and I'm thinking of applying for the police service. At the moment I'm doing a public service course which I will gain a diploma at the end of the year. Within the course I learn a lot about police, the tests required, what you need to pass etc.

1)Do you think that I have an advantage of becoming a police officer because of my diploma?

2)What is your advice to me before I apply and what preparation should I do so that I definitely pass as it is my dream to pursue a career in policing.

anon32358
Post 93

Well, my name is Megan. I am only 14, but ever since i was little i always wanted to be a police officer. I do good in school, and never really had a lot of encounters with the police. But everyone laughs when i say i want to become one because i'm too girly. When really, i'm not. hha. I'm excited though.

anon32291
Post 92

no you have to be a resident and the accent doesn't matter as long as you pass the English test.

southernbell
Post 91

I am only 14 and I am set on being a police officer.

What do i need to do?

anon31650
Post 90

One must be a us citizen to become a police officer in the U.S.. You can speak English with an accent, but you must pass the English section of the entrance exam.

anon30323
Post 89

ok anon 23776 creatine only helps build muscle mass but doesn't help strength, to build your strength take protein it works miracles! to build your endurance go to the gym and run on a treadmill for a little while each day until you can do what you have to. the push ups just keep doing them in your house until you can do about 30 nonstop and surprise them. lol.

Serg
Post 88

My name is Serg... Basically i came to this country from Russia and i'm still in high school but i'm thinking of becoming a police officer. But here is my problem, i'm not that good in school and i get into trouble kinda sorta a little. Although i speak fluently 2 languages which are Russian and Ukrainian and i can perfectly understand Polish. So here is my question, is this advance of languages that i speak going to help me to be a policeman?

anon29294
Post 87

In depends on the state in which you work. In Ohio you *can* have a DWI/DUI, after 5 years and no more than one, *you could* have been charged with *anything* as long there was no convicted. A past probation does *not* DQ you from becoming an officer. It all depends on what it was and how long it's been, ect...

Don't stop trying. If you're a convicted felon, well that pretty much speaks for itself. DV convictions that prevent you from owning a firearm *will* keep you from working as an officer. Hope this helps someone.

OHIO

Police Officer.

Syvanna
Post 86

I was wondering if there was a way I could get in the police academy while working on getting my associates/bachelors degree in law enforcement? Or do I have to do one before the other like a step by step process?

anon28865
Post 85

What do I need to do to become a drug detective?

jennifer0853
Post 84

I'm highly interested in becoming a police officer and I'm taking classes in high school to help me achieve this goal and plan on doing so in college. I haven't noticed a lot of females that are either police officers or a sheriff deputies around my area. Do males have a higher chance of getting a job as a cop then females do?

anon28281
Post 83

Hey, I'm a Freshman at a Catholic liberal arts College in New Hampshire, but live in MA and want to become a police officer for my town. I'm not a CJ major yet but I'm about to change. What are the policies of most academies involving alcohol? If I've been underage drinking within 2 years of applying, will they reject me? And by the time I join I'll be 21, so is drinking okay then?

anon27586
Post 82

I have passed everything on my way to becoming an officer, but failed to pass my Phsych Evaluation. I was told that it looks like I am 'trying to paint a good picture' of myself. The Dr is letting me re-take the test.

I was completely honest on the test.

Any advice?

Papi35
Post 81

Hey i'm a 16 year teenage boy that goes to high school and i was wondering if their were classes i have to take to become a police officer or if their are classes that i can take to become a police officer? I have got in 1 fight my whole entire life in school does that affect my chances of becoming a police officer?

anon27063
Post 80

i have been on probation for theft by deception and i am still eligible to be a police officer

anon27021
Post 79

My name is Joshua,

I am 21 years old, Currently Clean. Have absolutely nothing against me.

I lived in Germany so many years though. I have a German HS Diploma.

"Is a German HS Diploma equivalent to an US HS Diploma?"

In Germany non the less you get that taught in 9 Years they have. Us its like 12-14 Years I do belive.

anon26473
Post 78

Do financial backgrounds have any effect on one's eligibility? I have never been convicted of a felony nor do I have any traffic violations. Ive never been in any trouble but I do have student loans and such from college. Would any type of financial matter bar me from becoming a police officer?

anon26273
Post 77

Viper20, no it is not an automatic disqualification, but it depends on what you are on probation for. Now, not having your high school diploma or equivalent be it GED, will go a long way. Since you were told you could never own a firearm, that may be your killer right there. Not being able to own a firearm is the same as never being able to carry a firearm. I recommend, if you are seriously interested in pursuing law enforcement, that you look into having your record expunged, but that is only if it was a minor offense. But once again, seeing as how you were told you could never own a firearm I am guessing it was a major offense. To anyone that asked about marijuana, *no that does not make you ineligible*, be truthful in the interview and the lie detector.

It is good to see so many people interested in Law Enforcement. Keep your nose out of trouble and you will be just fine.

amallik
Post 76

Hello, I am a 28 yr old female who has wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.

I took the exam about 2 1/2 years ago. I passed yet had bankruptcy. My bankruptcy has been dissolved in 2004 and would like to continue pursuing a career in law enforcement. I have my high school diploma, but i don't have a criminal justice degree. Will this prevent me from pursuing a career in law enforcement?

Where do i start? Can i apply for a career in law enforcement in another state other than where i live?

viper20
Post 74

I don't know if this question was already posted if so I'm sorry for the re-post, I want to become a Police Officer but i never graduated high school, and i am currently on Probation is this an automatic disqualification? If so does it include all states?, After my Probation is over am i eligible?, Because when i was placed on probation the judge told me I can never own a firearm? Any info would greatly help, thanks!!

anon25009
Post 73

hi sir, my name is vahid i am 20 years old and i am studying in united states. i am on f 1 visa and my dream is to become a police officer in united state of america and serve the humanity. It is possible that i can joint police academy??

anon24394
Post 72

here is something about being a police officer.

If at ANY time you went to Probation or Community Supervision for any reason that is an automatic disqualification, you can never become a police officer. If you are an illegal alien you cannot become a police officer. Also If you have a DUI, DWI, Unlawful carrying of a weapon and any Assault that is also a bar. Lufkin Police Officer.

Lufkin, Texas

hilary6842
Post 71

hi! i am from greece, i am 17 years old and i desperately want to become a police officer but in usa! does the height matters? i mean, i am only 1,67 cm ..can someone tell me what i should do in order to become a police officer in usa? if i come to usa what i should do next? please, someone help me! oh, and the police academies are for free? i mean do we have to pay?

sinead
Post 69

i want to know if i can become a police officer i was born and lived in england until i was 8 but then moved to ireland, we moved beck over to england during the summer does this matter as i am 18 i would like to apply now and start my training i am fit and havent got a criminal record am 5'7. so does anything stop me from applying ?

anon23776
Post 68

Curious: two part question

24YOM No record, high school graduate, history with Fire department, 911, and EMS! I've taken 2 civil service exams with two separate agencies, failed one passed the other. The second department sent me for POPS (the physical agility test) but I missed one portion of the test by just a few seconds. I'm trying to get into shape for a retake. Our state requires 18week course in the academy. But I'm just not making any progress in my physical abilities. I'm having trouble with adding speed and endurance to my running, and my pushups! I need to make a 300 meter in 65 seconds, and a 1.5 mile run in 17 min and 12 secs. Also the pushups require 20 consecutive with out stopping. I'm a bigger boy about 6'3 265lbs. What can I do physically? I've considered creatine to help me but I don't want to hurt myself.

2nd part-

I also have a history of depression as a teenager like 15 years old and to this day have problems with anxiety! I take medication that keeps me pretty regular, but will that hurt me in the psychological test? I haven't made it that far in testing process yet and I'm concerned that will pull the plug on me- also they do a background check which legally I know I'm fine- 1 ticket for speeding under 18 years old, but what about bills. I have a lot of medical bills against me! Will those medical bills kill me?

Please help, I want nothing more than to serve my community as a police officer, and do something I and my children can be proud of!

P.S

also curious in the State of Kentucky, can you become a police officer without going through the police academy? and in Kentucky do you have to be sent to the police academy by an agency? or can you go on your own in KY?

anon23287
Post 67

Okay so if you're not out of High school yet you really can't do much accept for HS internships but for you who are wanting to pursue this at a young age you will have to wait till your out of high school 18 or older and go to a college who offers crim. Justice Graduate out of you associate's degree but most departments and states REQUIRE you to have a Bachelors degree in "Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) with a concentration in Law Enforcement" Which is what I had to do and most of us had to do to become in law enforcement im 30 years old took me just 4 years of college to get into the career I dreamed of. Just stay out of trouble kids and you might have a chance to pursue your dream also.

Tracyalf78
Post 66

Im 30 yrs old and I'm thinking of become a police officer. I got a DWI 4 yrs ago, does this disqualify me from becoming a cop.

dannie222
Post 64

hi im 16 and a girl and i want to join the militray police i didnt do my gcse would i still be able to join

anon22838
Post 63

im 16 i want to join the militray police but i didnt do my gcse can i still go in to be a militry police

anon22509
Post 62

I don't think an accent will make you ineligible to be a police officer. Of course, it matters if your speech is extremely unclear. Otherwise, it shouldn't matter.

anon21920
Post 60

I am 18 and i've always wanted to become a cop. However i am a girl which i know doesn't matter but i am only 4'9 as of height i am short. can i still make it? I am planning to take my G.E.D because i did not continue my senior year and i am willing to take as much training as possible to become a cop. I play a lot of sports and i love to work out also i am very healthy i think i can make it but i am too short can some one give me feedback?

anon21399
Post 59

Hey I m 25.. I m looking to go into a career in law enforcement. I m awaiting 2 charges for DUI's will I be disqualified in looking into this field?

anon20683
Post 58

Being a police officer has always been my dream, but shortly after i turned 18 i got a possession of controlled substance fine because i got busted with marijuana but was not arrested... How bad would that hurt my chances of becoming a police officer?

anon20329
Post 57

I am 15 and have wanted to become a police officer since I was 7, I have been looking around various sites to see how I could take my first steps in becoming a police officer and have found most of which on this site but I am still unsure about where to go in order to start these courses ans whether or not I can get to that specific area as my family has no car and so no real means of transportation so it would have to be relatively close by. Also regarding the qualifications required higher school means GCSE's does it not? and would A levels then be enough instead of a Bachelors degree?

anon19537
Post 54

i am doing a research project on becoming a police officer. it is my understanding that if you were convicted of a felony that you are not allowed to be a law enforcement officer.

anon19386
Post 53

A lot of you have worries about smoking pot or trying drugs in your teenage years, like it was said before some departments have loosened up on it but if you used for a long extended amount of time you are unlikely to get hired. Cops deal with and handle a lot of drugs on busts and under circumstances and having a background heavily coated with drugs is not going to get you far in this field. However experimenting with it once or twice a while back isnt going to be such a big deal. If its your dream to be a cop dont let past mistakes get in the way, make sure your acts clean up prepare yourself physically and mentally and pursue the field of Law Enforcement. good luck.

anon19121
Post 51

I'm 19 and a Marine Reservist I also go to school is it possible for me to get a job as a police officer and if so where do I go for police academy and how would I go about applying for a job at different police stations

anon18651
Post 50

Posted by: anon13171

I'm 15 and ive done coke a few times will that disqualify me later if i apply for a job and tell them about that?

you're 15 and have done coke a few times, I think what you should do before even trying to become a police officer is go to rehab and get your life straight, no one is going to want a little kid that is doing drugs like coke

anon18464
Post 49

For all of the people who want to find out how to get involved in the police department. There is a program that is called Police Explorer which most of police departments offer. The police explorers is for 14 to 20 year olds, who want a first hand look on police work. There is much more about this program, but I don't have the time to tell you. Check it out at your local police department, you understand me.

anon16932
Post 48

For People with criminal records....Long story short I was 16 years old and got charged and convicted with Intent to distribute Class D. After that arrest i decided to turn my life around.(which i did a great job at that) however i am now 20 years old with that record completely cleared up. I have since gone to school to receive my EMT- Basic certificate and would have liked to take a course to become a paramedic. Four years later emt certified and looking for a job. Ive applied at literally 10 private EMT companies who have since turned me down due to that one mistake. One of which company my brother is an EMT at. So i decided i would take a paramedic course and let the time weigh out a little bit. Come to find out im unable to take the course because i would be ineligible to take the exam. Honesty isnt always the best policy i guess. and Also dont get your hopes up. You can TRY to convince people you're an honest law abiding citizen but it only gets so far. People arent even willing to look at you with a past criminal history

anon16771
Post 47

A lot of you may wonder if you can still join or if it will affect you, in reality if you tell the truth and your past isn't your present, you might still have a chance. Clean your act up and do work son.

anon16713
Post 46

I'm 15, I have a record, a simple assault and 10 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary in the 3rd degree. What can I do to start my dream of being a police officer and SWAT? I work out and stay out of trouble, but what else?

anon16519
Post 45

How does one pursue a career as a police officer at the age of 16 and still in high school? I wanna start doing as much as I can early I really want to become one, I have a perfect record.

anon14365
Post 43

From my understanding, being convicted of felonies and more serious crimes will, certainly make it difficult for you to pursue a career in law enforcement, but not necessarily disqualify you. I believe departments simply want to know that you have changed or are willing to change and no longer commit crimes. They do not want you to be a distraction.

sjjenkins11
Post 42

I have 7+ years combat arms experience with deployments to iraq in the military, I am more than capable and qualified to do the job of law enforcement and will be soon, the question is, about 10 years ago i was admitted to psychiatric care following an aspirin overdose. It was an idiotic childhood attempt for attention i suppose but now i am worried it may ruin my dreams of serving my community back home as a police officer. will it? or has it been so long and so petty that it will not be a concern? should i just pretend it never happened? i have a secret clearance so i know its beneath all, but im worried about the lie detector test. thank you

Moderator's reply: when it comes to the lie detector test typically administered in the process of becoming a police officer, honesty is always the best policy--i'm sure that they would be willing to consider extenuating circumstances, especially in light of your military record!

anon13171
Post 41

I'm 15 and ive done coke a few times will that disqualify me later if i apply for a job and tell them about that?

AirAssault
Post 40

First off i'm a SGT in the 101st Airborne Div. I've done 2 deployments in Iraq and i'm currently in Afghanistan. My question is being in the military, will that help me become a Police Officer even though I did some drugs when I was younger prior to military?

anon12628
Post 38

I am soon to be a paid on call Fire Fighter, would it be possible to work as a police officer and a Fire FIghter? would this work out?

amy80
Post 37

When I was 18 I was arrested on a warrant for unpaid fine for underage drinking when I was 17.

Also when I was 18 I was arrested for getting in a domestic dispute with my step-father he was also arrested will these arrests affect my chances of becoming a police officer?

anon12531
Post 36

i'm 17, but i would like to work for a police department. i want to be a cop but i know i'm too young right now. is there a job i could get within the system at this age?

anon11757
Post 35

I got into trouble before I turned 18 I have no record now, but in my younger days I got some Gang related Tattoo's on my chest and down my body. Will this affect me being able to become a police officer?

mbk
Post 34

Ok so you want to become a police officer? it might help to read my book first. The title is Past the Uniform. it will help. I did 34 years in the most exciting thing you can do dressed career.

Ever wonder what it is like to be on the other side of a 9-1-1 call? Come along for the ride. View the world through the windshield of a patrol unit and behind the yellow tape of crime scenes. Past the Uniform is autobiographical, and for those wishing to enter the exciting, ever-changing and challenging world of law enforcement, it is a fabulous resource. Join a new recruit and his field training officer as they face the joys and frustrations of society as it cries out for help. See life within the hushed society of the police organization. Discover the hurdles facing someone fresh out of the academy. This is an inside look at the human side of being a police officer, past the uniform, the standoffish blue wall of fabric. Roll call is over and we are now ready to patrol.

anon11205
Post 33

I have been convicted of habitual truancy in school twice. Ive never been send off or went to a juvenile, or detention center. But i am on probation and have to serve 1 day in a detention center for every day i miss of school until im 18. Will this affect me in being able to become a police officer in any way?

anon11116
Post 32

If someone becomes a police officer, (if i'm not mistaken) they ARE supposed to stop people from breaking the law. But if i were to become a police officer, would that mean that i should stop other officers that i see breaking the law? (i.e. speeding, lack of directional, running a stop sign, or red light, etc.)

anon11092
Post 31

i've gotten in a few fights in school, will that affect my chances of becoming a police officer?

anon10273
Post 27

Ok. I've stolen 4 times in my life. Once when I was 7, 3 years ago when I was 19, I stole some beer when i was 20, and I stole a few dollars at work when I was 16. What are my chances of becoming an officer?

Momz
Post 26

Can you get disqualified if you got in a fight 2 years prior to applying to a P.D. Even if it was self defense and you told the truth about it?

david102305
Post 25

If you did not graduate high school is it still possible to become a police officer?

bigbadboy
Post 24

When i was 12 i got busted for shoplifting and the cops had to come. And when i was 15 i smoked pot a lot and then i stopped. Will that effect me in the future when im applying for a career in policing? Thanks

anon8787
Post 23

when i was 16 i was arrested for theft and B&E, my record was kept clean and i did my probation with no problems at all...will this affect me in anyway for becoming a police officer?

jkoehler707
Post 22

can i still become a police officer if i have absolutely no training and have not taken any criminal justice classes?

anon6821
Post 20

I was really young and stupid and got caught for shoplifting can that affect my chances of becoming a police officer even though it would be my juvenile record?

olivia
Post 19

when researching the question that many readers posted about previous drinking and drug use, i found that every police department across the nation has slightly different requirements and policies pertaining to this. for the most part, it appears that many departments have loosened up their policies somewhat when it comes to "youthful indiscretions" such as pot smoking and drinking. what is important to note, is that they prefer these to be PAST indiscretions, and not currently ongoing.

so, if you are hoping to join the police force - which is a great aspiration - clean up, and stay that way. you'll increase your chances of getting accepted, starting a great new career, and serving your community!

anon6616
Post 18

Hi there!

I'd like to know if since i'm a teenager at the age of 14 & i've smoked pot & drank & never been busted will that affect me in the future?

Thank You Very much for your time

anon6204
Post 17

I have had a lot of traffic violations and a couple of accidents; however, I haven't had any tickets or accidents or anything for a while. I still have another year before I finish college, and it will be probably 2-3 years since I've had a ticket at that point. Will my past driving record screw me even though there has been an obvious change in my behavior?

anon6116
Post 16

if i have smoked pot for the past 3 years but i have come to the realization that being a cop is something I want to do. Would this kill the idea of me wanting to be a cop?

anon5966
Post 15

Duis do not necessarily make you ineligible. it depends on local standards. (DUI are typically misdemeanors)

anon5458
Post 14

How about outstanding speeding violations... will that give a person difficulty becoming a police officer?

anon5231
Post 13

Hey y'all...I'm seeing that some of you that tried pot once or whatever.... and they ask you if you have ever did drugs, if you just did pot once....don't lie, tell them the truth. I promise you will be ok. In the police work trust is very important......and if you got a dui sorry about your luck sir....

anon5217
Post 12

Your Juvenile record cannot be used against you once you're 18. If you were tried as an adult then it can be.

anon5143
Post 11

So if you did drugs while you were young can you still become a police officer or does that not matter as long as you can pass a drug test?

anon4999
Post 10

Shocked no one answered the first question asked. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BECOME A POLICE OFFICER if you are ILLEGALLY in the United States.

1. Become a U.S. citizen

2. Good on you, for wanting to become a police officer :)

anon4971
Post 9

I know this sounds stupid, but I shoplifted some game cards when i was 11 years old. Would that make me ineligible? Please respond.

anon4853
Post 8

I tried marijuana once when I was a teenager. I shop lifted once too. I would readily admit to these things in a an interview or lie detector test. Would this make me ineligible?

anon4602
Post 7

If I plead guilty to an assault as a young offender, had my record expunged (had no other offenses), served my probation without hiccup, and graduated college, do I still have a chance to be a police officer?

anon4253
Post 6

yes...dui will make you ineligible.

anon3290
Post 3

if i got a dui 2 years ago will it affect my wanting to be a police officer ???

anon1252
Post 1

if someone can become a police officer without being a resident of the us? and what about if someone talks perfect English but there's a problem? that someone has an accent? thank u very much.

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