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What is the quickest path to become a Police Officer?

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I am 18 years old, and just graduated high school. I want to become a Police Officer, and begin a career as soon as possible. What should I do now? I know this is what I want to do.

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Go to college and get a degree. Click on become a cop.

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The quickest path? Stay on the straight and narrow....

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ITS OVERRATED. BECOME A NURSE INSTEAD. BETTER MONEY AND JOB SECURITY.

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I'm the first to admit I am not a sworn officer. But, from the Officers I've known/worked with personally, and on this site I think I can speak to this issue. I believe the most import issues are integrity and moral character. If you want to be a cop make sure you want to be a good one! Bump both uncledennis1 and MH557. I wish you the best in your pursuit.

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Good advice, and you didn't say where you were, but  look into being a police explorer with a local PD or S/O.  Also be good at following instructions (hint- post an introduction in the introduction forum)

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The quickest way to anything isn't always the best approach.I wanted to be an officer since I was three years old.Like any other item in life I had to Pay My Dues.The most sure way is probably as follows.


1.College education


2.NO felony arrests and better yet,no misdeaminor arrests.


3.NO drug use.


4.If you drink,learn to controll it.


5.Join a branch of the Armed Forces,it's the best LIFE training ground in the world.


6.Be totally honest on ALL your tests and interviews.Be yourself during said interviews


7.Pay your debts in a timely fashion.


8,Make certain this is what you want.It's nowhere close to what it is in the movies or T,V,

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TreeHugger719 says ...



ITS OVERRATED. BECOME A NURSE INSTEAD. BETTER MONEY AND JOB SECURITY.



We tell everyone to become fire fighters (lol). Sorry, couldn't resist.


 


Have to BUMP ssu459!!! Good advice right there!!


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You da man Timmy.

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Bump ssu459!

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I don't know of any real quick way to do it with the economy and budgets being what they are, but ssu459 has probably said it best to get things started. Consider service to your country if you qualify, veterans preference never hurts to have in your corner when applying...

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Don't know if any depts in your area have cadet programs, and competition for cadet positions is tough, but unless you screw up as a cadet you are virtually guaranteed an offer of full time employment when you turn 21.  The caveat is that few police agencies have cadet programs, but on the other hand if you find on that does, you can generally start at 18.  Also as a cadet you generally are paid as well, though not nearly as much as an officer makes.

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Wait till you are about 23 years old, and go to college.


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Like others have said stay on a straight path that is extremly important! If you have already made MINOR mistakes don't give up your dreams of becoming a cop, because everyone in this community has made mistakes just learn from them and do not do it again


Now to answer your question, the absolute fastest way is to graduate high school. At 19 years old (In FL) enroll in a self-paid police academy, (usually found at community colleges) this means you pay for the education and you aren't guranteed a job. These academies usually last 8 months to a year depending on if you take night or day classes. After you finish the academy, start applying for jobs. Believe it or not there are many agencies that do not require a college degree. In fact, all of the local agencies in my area dont require them. I will say I strongly recommend getting one, either before the academy or during your career. As this will help you advance nicely in your career. That is the fastest possible way to become a cop, in Florida anyways. These are the steps I took, except I started the academy at the age of 24 and was hired by a agency 4 months after my graduation. Now I am working on obtaining a CJ degree.


If you live in a big city or want to work in a big city the steps will obviously have to start with you getting some form of a degree, then attending a police academy. Hopefully this helps!