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Step 1: Learn About the Law Enforcement Field

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Step 1: Learn About the Law Enforcement Field

Many people have a preconceived notion of law enforcement based on the sensational scenes shown on the news or at the movies. But what is it really like to be a street cop? Or a federal agent? Or a conservation officer? There are hundreds of career paths within law enforcement and all are done for the love of it – not for the promise of fortune or fame. Find out the basics about law enforcement here, including:

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    blackcd

    about 6 years ago

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    very informative. This solidifies my need and desire to become a trooper!

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    juanseverino

    about 6 years ago

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    This article made me understand the positions better and its great help for many. I really love this website because there is many tips and examples on how to become a cop. I am going to a community college for criminal justice and hopefully soon I will be ready to take the test I need to get started. When I turn nine-teen I will definatley start my police acadamy and hopefully I do well.Thanks for the information. It was a great help

    Juan

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    Anonymous

    about 6 years ago

    To go into the Law Enforcement Industry is one and my best GOAL in life,I have been for two years in this great country,no my questions is: What is the first step and the proper school to go.

    Thanks.

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    ATAVIA

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    IM AM OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL ATTENTING A CRIMINAL JUSTICE INSITUTUION SO WHATS MY NEXT STEP TO BECOMING A COP

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    CValencia

    about 6 years ago

    10 Comments

    how can i star my career in law enforment. I'm alredy in hight school but i want to know whats the best way to get started. Can i take the test right now or how can i get ready for the test. if i take the test and keep on going to college how can i get started. please lead me trought this path.
    "thank you for your time"

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    kru81

    about 6 years ago

    10 Comments

    That is a lot of great info. thanks for that. I can't wait, and i to hope that some day soon ill either be a cop or a SWAT officer.

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    Ryan_Whelan

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    hey this is great info... im not of age yet but I'm headed to college to get my 2 yers degree in criminal justice. how do i get into a police academy?

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    Anonymous

    over 6 years ago

    how do i get to become a cop? i want to learn to be one at home.

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    jasonlovell

    over 6 years ago

    58 Comments

    i want to be a patrol officer

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    jpolice122

    over 6 years ago

    112 Comments

    Thanks for the article. It is a very useful tool and was very beneficial in providing me with information to better prepare myself for the academy. I will be using to refer back to on a fairly regular basis.

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    Faisal1

    over 6 years ago

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    nice!!

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    JOODYB20

    over 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    CONTACT ME SO I CAN DO THIS

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    D1amond

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    i really want to be a probation/ parole officer now!!!

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    Jophes

    over 6 years ago

    290 Comments

    Very useful info.

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    dallas_resident

    over 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    wow

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