Becoming a Police Officer

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Criminal Justice Online -- Fall 2012
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The decision to enter into a career in law enforcement begins with the applicant entering into a certified training facility, referred to as a Police Academy. The police academy provides the applicant two choices for their training, a six month full time session, or a twelve month part time session. During a full time session, the applicant will devote at the minimum a forty hour week in training which includes a battery of physical fitness training, skill development, legal studies, technical studies, and various aspects related to a career in law enforcement all developed to prepare the student for a long and hopefully successful career in the field.

In order to enter the police academy, the applicant must undergo a battery of written tests that determine their level of intelligence, competence, character, physical abilities, and psychological abilities, after successfully completing the required entry testing procedures, the applicant is then put through an oral review board before a final decision is made and if accepted, a final psychological exam, once all is complete, the applicant shows potential, and there are no flaws in their character such as a criminal history that would disqualify them entering, only then can the applicant begin their training.

The decision to go into the police academy alone should be made long before the applicant dedicates their time, money, and effort into the general preparation, this starts with avoiding problems with the law at an early start, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and an early drive to uphold the law.

Upon graduation from the Police Academy, it is the responsibility of the applicant to find a job, the academy does not offer any job assistance, other than posting potential and current openings in surrounding departments. Most police departments will "harvest" police academies by trying to recruit cadets before graduation, and taking them in as...
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