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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:

• Types of agencies: local police departments ...

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    waynejr

    over 2 years ago

    2 Comments

    i am 40 yrs old ,,have raised my 4 boys by doing autobody for the past 22 yrs,,i have alway wanted to be a cop but could never make the change,,,am i to old now to make a go at it,,,i would love to have a chance to prove myself

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    Mafiamanjones

    over 2 years ago

    2 Comments

    Even though i am 14 years old, this is my dream job. to become a cop. i am trying to see the requirements to be one so i can be a great officer if i land a job. Hopefully learning from here can help me study in the rest of my highschool years

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    Anonymous

    over 2 years ago

    I'm a corrections officer, but would like to make the move to police officer and then eventually work my way to a cyber crime unit. Starting out as a C/O, will that experience help becoming a police officer. I don't have any street experience.

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    jeremy6492

    over 2 years ago

    2 Comments

    i want to become a cop, im 19 yrs, how should i start

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    1swatboy

    over 2 years ago

    2 Comments

    im going to work my way through a cop for 3years after i join the military so i can be a swat officer

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    Demah2010

    over 2 years ago

    2 Comments

    I am a Military Vet, served 5 year with the 10th MTN DIV (LI), I am currently unemployed and thinking about becoming a Police Officer, but I do not have a degree. I live in MN, and 36yr. Any suggestions, don't know where to start.

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    mbazemore92

    over 2 years ago

    2 Comments

    I want to become a cop for 4 years preferably K-9 then after those 4 years become a U.S. Marshal

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    Teresa69

    almost 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    I would like to become a DOT officer. How would i go about doing that?

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    jonathan_wagner_85

    almost 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Hmm.... Interesting... So, basically, I can become a state cop by going to recruit, but, a city cop has to go to school for 4 years....

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    policebodyarmor

    almost 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    nice article thanks for sharing! :)

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    LeonFlorda

    almost 3 years ago

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    @jcorrow1992 The best way to stand out ahead of the other applicants is to get a college degree. Even though they don't require a degree doesn't mean they accept people that apply without one. You have to show passion, and determination and a degree shows that. Also, get active in your community, put in hours at a homeless shelter, animal shelter, kids mentor program. Anything that puts you ahead of the other applicants. Remember this is a competitive profession. I also would try and go on ride-alongs if they have them in your town and get to know the officers in the agency that you have an interest in. It doesn't hurt to have someone on the inside. Sometimes its not what you know, but who you know. Best of Luck- Nic

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    LeonFlorda

    almost 3 years ago

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    @courtneync Degree requirements depend on the agency you plan on working for. I am pretty positive You will still need to attend the police academy where you work to receive state certification to become a law enforcement officer(LEO). I to am in college, I am one semester from having a AA degree and could apply to a local law enforcement agency in my hometown. But cops I know tell me to stay in school because once you become a cop, getting a degree and juggling your job is very difficult. At minimum, I am getting my Bachelors. Remember, the LEO profession is competitive and your application would look best with a bachelors, and even better with a masters degree. Best of Luck, - Nic

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    courtneync

    almost 3 years ago

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    i am starting school soon for my associates in criminal justice and debating going and getting my bachelors after that. to become a police officer would i still have to go through the academy? and if so is taking the college classes in criminal justice just a waste of time?

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    jcorrow1992

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    I am trying to become a police officer in Chittenden County Vermont. I am basically 19 years old. You do not higher education to become a police officer in the state I live in at every department. I am having a hard time to prove to the departments that I am worth the risk to put me through the academy. What can I do to prove to them that I want to start my career in law enforcement.

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    DarkAngelsDesire

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    I am retired from the Army and looking at becoming a cop. Who can I talk to about being one in my local area?

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