Premium Content for Members Only

Become a Cop >> Browse Articles >> 10 Steps to Joining the Force

+135

Step 1: Learn About the Law Enforcement Field

198 Comments
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:

• Types of agencies: local police departments ...

+135
  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Anonymous

    almost 6 years ago

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

  • Picture_163_max50

    jasonlovell

    almost 6 years ago

    58 Comments

    i want to be a patrol officer

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    jpolice122

    almost 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.

  • Dsc00489_max50

    Faisal1

    almost 6 years ago

    18 Comments

    nice!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    JOODYB20

    almost 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    CONTACT ME SO I CAN DO THIS

  • Photo_17_max50

    D1amond

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

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

  • Revan_max50

    Jophes

    almost 6 years ago

    292 Comments

    Very useful info.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    dallas_resident

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    wow

  • 100_0881_max50

    karriem33

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Ummmmm..... I wil be graduating with my bachelors in Criminal Justice by January of 2009 and I have a certificate as a Crime Scene Technician. This site is extremely useful and full of information. Hoepfully I will be out there fullfilling my dream of working in the criminal Jutice field very soon.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    mslametriahurd

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    i am a high school graduate of 2008. i am starting college in august. i am majoring in criminal justice. i did't know how many different fields there where. thank you for sharing this info with me. i'm leaning towards csi. if anyone has any advise for me to advance in my field. please share them with me. i will be 22 by the time i graduate college. i want to be the best new rookie.

  • William_hung_max50

    Veth

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Its my life dream to be able to serve =)

  • Mzz_max50

    mardizone

    about 6 years ago

    6 Comments

    thx 4da info...i wish i knew this earlier

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    usheruganda

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    oh, i will make a good cop. sign me up

  • Melissa_birthday_069_max50

    mugzy

    about 6 years ago

    10 Comments

    WOW I NEVER REALIZED HOW MANY AGENCIES THERE ARE I HAVE TO DO MORE RESEARCH THIS IS SOME GREAT INFORMATION

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    billiau566

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I alway had an intrest in some type of law enforcement especialy since 911, my goal is to keep my family, friends and america safe!

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

Img_20130505_135233_400_max30
SamHarris received a gift from MrsBristol, 2 minutes ago.
Female_bodysurfer_max30
MarlyB posted in: "What has happened to my Police Link?", 3 minutes ago.
Quickley-b240_max30
bill9823 gave a thumbs up to The Post "What has happened to my Police Link?", 42 minutes ago.