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How do I Become a Police Officer?

Mary McMahon
Updated Mar 02, 2024
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Some individuals decide to become police officers when they are very young, while others come to the realization later. Either way, there are number of steps to be taken if someone wants to become a police officer, and the earlier you get started, the better. A career in public service can be diverse, challenging, and fulfilling for those who are able to make it through the highly competitive process. Opportunities in law enforcement are incredibly varied, from urban police to rural sheriffs.

If someone wants to become a police officer, he or she should start with education. Police departments require a basic high school education, and additional training such as an Associates or Bachelors degree is recommended. A number of colleges offer criminal justice programs for individuals interested in becoming a police officer. Most of these programs involve education in human behavior, legal issues, computer systems, and a variety of other subjects which assist law enforcement officers. The more advanced your training, the more successful your application as a police officer will be. This training will also serve you well in the field.

Policing requires a high state of physical and moral fitness. Participating in organized sports will condition your body and also serve you well as you apply to a police department. Police officers must also pass a background check, and people with extensive traffic violations, drug convictions, or other indiscretions will likely be rejected. To be accepted as a police officer, you should use common sense, and avoid getting involved in potentially illegal or dangerous situations.

When you are ready to apply to a police department, you will have to sit for the civil service examination. The civil service exam is administered through the police department you are applying to. If you are concerned about the examination, many companies offer study guides which can help you get a higher score. The civil service exam is offered whenever a department has openings, and some departments also offer it on a regular basis to establish a pool of eligible recruits.

You will also take a physical exam which tests agility, strength, vision, and hearing. If these tests are passed successfully, you will take drug and lie detector tests and began a series of interviews with the police department. If accepted, you will be sent to the police academy, a program which ranges from three months to one year. The police academy will prepare you fully for your job as a police officer.

Police officers are expected to pursue continuing education as well, and attend yearly seminars and workshops to this end. The law enforcement community must constantly adapt to changing needs, and this ensures that police officers are updated on current legal procedure and cultural sensitivity. Advanced training allows police officers to better serve the communities they work in, and to retain their edge as law enforcement professionals.

In some states, it is possible to attend a police academy without being affiliated with a specific police department. If you are unsure about the area in which you would like to work, you can attend the police academy first and then apply into police departments as a fully trained police officer. With a growing population come growing demands on law enforcement, which translates into increased opportunities for individuals interested in a career in law enforcement. Pursuing your dream of becoming a police officer can be a lengthy process, but well worth it at the end.

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Discussion Comments
By anon967850 — On Aug 29, 2014

I'm 25 years old and am a Criminal Justice Major in college. I have never committed a crime and have wanted to be a police officer since I was a kid. However, I am only 5'3 and weigh 92 pounds. Could I still be a police officer?

By anon940046 — On Mar 17, 2014

I'm 14 and I want to join the military, no matter what. But my mom and dad would not agree. What should I do and what subjects should I take to join the military?

By anon928015 — On Jan 27, 2014

I am 16 years old and in grade 11. I am considering to become a police officer but I do not know in which direction to go. I am looking into joining the military but do not know if it is going to be the right decision.

By anon343331 — On Jul 29, 2013

When you say that if you have ever even "tried" drugs harder than marijuana you will be automatically disqualified, I assume that this would be a question asked on a lie detector test. I have a son who experimented in his younger years, but is now 29, and is a different person. Does this mean a career as a law enforcement officer would be out for him?

By anon341262 — On Jul 10, 2013

I am a girl who is 17 years old, studying in 12th (medical)and I want to join the Indian police force. Please tell me the procedure to join the police force.

By anon340998 — On Jul 07, 2013

Why on earth would anyone ever want to become a police officer?

By anon334499 — On May 13, 2013

I'm 17 years old and a week ago I ran away from home to live with my grandma (1,000 miles away). The police in the whole state were searching for me, but I didn't know until I went to the police in the town where I came to. So they brought me home to my parents, and I've just gotten home from the police, where they said I won't be able to become a police officer, because being a runaway is that serious and like a crime. Is it true?

Will it really affect me getting a job in law enforcement, or do I not have to worry? Do I have a chance, at least?

By anon332895 — On May 01, 2013

I am 23 years old and I was considering becoming a police officer. I have one misdemeanor on my adult record for a weapons charge. I had a baton in my car and had no idea it was illegal. I also got arrested as a juvenile for shoplifting. I have two points on my driving record. I was wondering if I clear my driving record and stay out of trouble, is it still possible that I can become a cop? The last time I was arrested was almost five years ago.

By anon327742 — On Mar 30, 2013

You must be a permanent resident who is eligible for and have applied for citizenship to become a police officer. Many police departments require applicants to be citizens.

By anon325072 — On Mar 14, 2013

I am a 17 year old boy and I want to join the Indian police services and want a high post in the services. What qualifications do I need after passing 12 with a good percentage?

By anon316822 — On Jan 30, 2013

Keep your records clean, with no tickets, DUIs or credit problems. If you're still in high school, get good grades and stay out of trouble. These are the major disqualifiers for being a cop.

By anon316719 — On Jan 30, 2013

It is easy to become a police officer in the UK.

You do not need any formal education and only a very basic level of intelligence. Also, you will need to be untrustworthy, lazy, dismissive and very unhelpful towards people.

If you have these attributes you are basically halfway to being a police officer!

By anon309769 — On Dec 18, 2012

I'm Chloe and I'm 14. I have only recently been looking into law enforcement. I would really enjoy becoming a police officer and realizing I need to work hard in school to get it has really boasted my motivation. Now I want to go to school and work hard, not talk through my lessons.

I don't do drugs or have a criminal record and I'm glad my dad pushed me to pick sensible options for school. My dad gave me the idea of being a prison officer not long ago and I thought there was more choice in what to become in law enforcement, so I have dedicated my work now to trying to achieve good grades for it.

By anon308145 — On Dec 09, 2012

I am 13 and am thinking about what college I want to go to, but this information is helping me a little. I want to be a well educated police officer, but I go to an alternative school. Will that be on my record when I grow up and will they hold that against me if I do sign up for it?

By anon308118 — On Dec 09, 2012

I am 12 years old and I have known since I was 5 that I wanted to be in the mounted police. I currently have a pony and have been riding from the age of 4. If any police officer has seen my post, what subjects did you take in school?

By anon307111 — On Dec 03, 2012

I'm going to be 19 this month and I'm going to start college in January 2013 and I decided I wanted to be a police officer. What are the tests we're going to have to take other than the fitness and physical? Do we have to take English and math tests in order to be a cop?

By anon301445 — On Nov 04, 2012

I am 16 years old and I want to become a police officer. I am not sure what school I should attend after high school that would give me the best opportunity to become a police officer. What courses do I need to take, and what type of school do I need to go to?

By anon300844 — On Nov 01, 2012

I am 32 years old. Is there any way to join the police force?

By anon297845 — On Oct 17, 2012

I'm 15 years old and I want to become a police officer but I'm concerned that if I apply, I will fail the agility test. If I fail one test, what will happen?

By anon297391 — On Oct 15, 2012

I am 17 years old, male, 5 feet 5 inches tall. I work out and I am currently in nursing school, but not sure if my heart is in it and I'm considering switching to the police field. I am not sure if I am too short and I have no criminal history.

By anon288698 — On Aug 31, 2012

I am a 17 year old girl and I really want to be a police officer. I've known since I started high school that's what I wanted. I'm in my last year (I'm a senior) and want to start training after school. I think that it will be fun to do and I can help people understand the law better and help those who need to be protected.

I have three nieces and two nephews whom I will do anything for. The oldest is four and the youngest is two months.

By anon288284 — On Aug 29, 2012

What do I need to achieve at the end of grade 12 to be accepted in a police career?

By anon282050 — On Jul 26, 2012

I'm a 14 year old girl just entering high school and I'm looking for a career to go into. I always new I wanted to help people, and to all of you people who are asking if it's worth it to go into law enforcement, I hope you know that it is. You get to help others when they need it and if that's not worth your time, then nothing is.

By anon278305 — On Jul 05, 2012

I am 15 years old, and my dream is to become a police officer and I really want to be a police officer. I am in high school.

By anon266864 — On May 08, 2012

To everybody saying they have "this and that" in the past: Change who you are, prove that you have become somebody different. If you can honestly look somebody in the eye and tell them you are a different person and what you did in the past was silly and reckless, you still stand a chance.

The most important thing is honesty. Be honest about what you've done and why you did it.

You want to know the absolute disqualification? If they catch you not telling them something.

By anon265856 — On May 03, 2012

I am 15 years old and have a very great desire to be a police officer, but I'm still in time to to be done because I am only 15 years old. I have to finish high school and academy ranks and start working on any komisarjat. That is to serve my nation since I am in Albania and why it is very difficult. I would like to work as a detective in America.

It was my desire that I would like to realize and hope to one day.

By anon260411 — On Apr 10, 2012

Do you need to speak French to be a police officer?

By anon259670 — On Apr 07, 2012

To all those who are in high school and wondering about a potential law enforcement career, here is some advice:

You may not have been convicted of any crimes, but as you grow older, and especially if you go to college, getting into trouble with the law will become easier and easier. You have to be 20 and 6 months to apply to a department in almost all states, and you must be at least 21 when graduating the academy. This means that from the time you finish high school at 18 until the time you turn 21, you need to work hard and keep your nose out of trouble. Even if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or have gotten in trouble, go to your local police department(s) website(s) and find the qualifications for the police officer position. It will always detail the limits on hiring.

Be active in your community. Community service is a great way to get involved. With more and more police departments switching over to a community policing model, having good ties with your community is great. In some areas, there may be a program called "police explorers." It is sponsored by the BSA and if you join the program, you will get to know many of the department's officers, learn what policing is actually like, train and sometimes even get to ride along with an officer for part of their shift.

There is not much you can do in high school to get prepped for police work unless you school offers criminal justice electives or career centers. I recommend trying to find a nearby explorer program over any high school courses you can take. However, if there are no CJ courses available, think about taking psychology or sociology as an alternative. Those classes explain a lot of behavior and why people do what they do. Having a foundation in those fields can greatly help you understand how to react to different situations in the field.

Law enforcement is not what it looks like on TV. I remember when I was in high school and I always watched episodes of “COPS” and “World's Wildest,” then when I got into the field, I realized that law enforcement is not what it appears to be on TV. It somewhat depends on what department you go into. Inner city departments will, without a doubt, be very busy and can burn you out within a few years. However, suburbia and less populated areas will mostly be crap calls like people selling things without a permit, or someone threw a hunk of cheese into someone’s backyard and the homeowner thinks that they’re going to be murdered. I’m not saying police work doesn't have it’s fun moments -- it definitely does -- but it is not going to be every day on the job.

Stay away from drugs and alcohol. You will be automatically disqualified if you even try a hard drug (meaning anything other than marijuana). Marijuana use varies by department, but it is pretty much across the board that other than some high school experimentation (e.g., fewer than 5 times), it will disqualify you as well. Alcohol use, while not illegal, can lead to some major problems. If you drink alcohol to overcome personal problems instead of learning to cope with them yourself, then you will have a very difficult time dealing with other people’s problems in the field. Alcohol abuse is a very big problem in law enforcement today, because the job can be extremely stressful.

Be careful about what you put on social networking sites. As these websites have become integrated into society, it is becoming more and more common for departments to look into potential candidates' Facebook pages and whatnot to see what kinds of things they post, how mature the person is, etc. When you are 14 years old, it shouldn't matter much, but as you get older you need to be more and more careful of what you do say. Posting pictures of your 18 year old self with alcohol is a mistake. Posting things about wanting to hurt yourself or other people is a mistake, posting about doing illegal things is a mistake. Keep it clean.

Do not fall into the mentality that most people have about law enforcement. The phrase, “forget the police” has become all too common, and more and more young people are hopping on the bandwagon. Look into police, look into the legal system, and teach yourself about what is actually happening. When you see the videos of police brutality online, or on the news, try putting yourself in the officer’s footsteps. Realize that the police do not make the laws, nor do they have a choice but to enforce them. Keep your mind open.

I hope this advice helped. It is all I can really think of off the top of my head.

By anon252670 — On Mar 06, 2012

I am just stopping by to say that I have enjoyed the information about police officers on your website and it's nice to read stuff that is well written.

By anon252612 — On Mar 06, 2012

@post 511: Of course you can still apply to become a police officer after you complete your college. In fact, it would make you look much better and they would value your education as an asset.

By anon249073 — On Feb 19, 2012

If I apply for the civil service examination but somehow I cannot appear to take the examination, then I want to know if will this be considered as an attempt?

By anon244315 — On Jan 31, 2012

I'm taking a two-year college course in a southwest community college. Can I still be a police officer when I graduate from college?

By anon238272 — On Jan 03, 2012

I am in the CIA, and it is very hard to get into. First, you have to be a police officer for a few years, get a degree in law enforcement and law, and then apply for SWAT, and then for CIA.

By steveham — On Dec 04, 2011

Good information in the article and lots more interesting points of view from the comments, too. I've been asked about getting into law enforcement jobs. It's on people's minds these days as jobs are getting scarce, but police departments are down-sizing, too. The good news is that there are so many types of fields available in the law enforcement world.

By anon231258 — On Nov 23, 2011

I'm a 14 year old girl in high school and recently I went for an open day at a nearby college and I chose law as a taster session and in law, we looked at lawyers and "the law" and being a police officer always came up.

I've always wanted to be a csi (crime scene investigator) but I knew I would never get there. I love sports and I've never committed any criminal offenses, so I guess that's good but I don't know what to study at college or do I go to uni and will it cost me to become a police officer? I know it will take a long time to become a police officer but is it worth it?

By anon229985 — On Nov 16, 2011

I am 16 and I am in grade 11 right now. I have never had any sort of criminal charge. I am not into drugs, I am extremely fit. I play soccer, baseball, basketball, and I am a snow cross racer for the CSRA. My eye sight is perfect. I would love to become a police officer.

I need to know the course information for a high school student to lead me in the right direction and give me a head start.

I am also wondering if volunteer hours in my community would give me a head start and help further along the line? I have my firearms license. I know my way around fire arms very well and also know the safety precautions that come along with them.

By anon229126 — On Nov 12, 2011

I am a police officer and I have been on the job for the last twelve years. I want to get a degree in criminal justice but first need to start with a cert. I don't have time to go to a college. Please, any assistance to attain my dream degree is highly welcomed.

By anon223309 — On Oct 18, 2011

I have a full time job and a baby! Are there any online classes I can do?

By anon221456 — On Oct 12, 2011

I'm a 13 year old girl and I'm a bit confused on what I want my future to be. I wanted to be a writer but anytime I read the newspaper, I hear about someone being charged with DUI or being raped, etc. It got me thinking and now I want to be a police officer.

However, I attempted suicide not too long ago by stabbing myself, however, I'm alive right now but I'm a cutter. I never got therapy or anything. I never took drugs or drink but am struggling with cutting and wanting to do suicide. I want a better life and to help people. Should I be a police officer? --Mercedes

By anon218296 — On Sep 28, 2011

Almost every question here has been answered by the article. Read it. Law enforcement officers are expected to have good common sense and be able to understand written instructions. In fact, the civil service exam always contains reading comprehension questions. So if you post an uninformed question here without really taking the time to read, what kind of impression does that make on those who would help?

A lot of questions are about "what if i got caught doing X ... will that disqualify me?" The only way to find out is to fill out the application and be honest. Own up to what you did. Don't make excuses or try to minimize it. Cops have heard every excuse. Just be honest about what you did and answer the questions. If it was a few years ago ago, and you've been making an effort not to do X, that will help you.

But never lie. Never. It's all bad from that point on, and whatever chance you had, you've lost. A lot of departments will excuse a kid smoking pot as long as it was a certain number of years ago. Or someone getting busted for shoplifting. But if you lie about it, your lie is the reason you will not get hired, and you can forget about any other law enforcement agency as well. Be honest. It's what the job is about.

By anon218146 — On Sep 28, 2011

Folks, re-read the article. It's written very generally, as every state is different, but what is says is true. Educate yourself. Read first-person accounts of police work. Join an Explorer post at a local law enforcement agency. Talk to police officers and deputies. See what they can tell you. Check if there are ride-along programs nearby. Get in good physical condition.

The harder you work in school, the better you'll do on the civil service exam you'll need to pass to get considered for hiring, and it will help you in the academy. The academy is basically a college course that lasts nine or ten hours a day, five days a week, for six months to a year. So the more education you have, and the more practice you have taking tests, the better you'll do.

There is no magic formula. Just make it a goal, and make a list of all the things you can do to reach your goal. It will take you years to accomplish, from the time you first start researching and reading and talking, to the time you get your star or shield to the time you're off probation and have some hands-on experience on the job.

The bottom line is work hard and be honest. If you've made mistakes in life, admit them. Lying is not what any law enforcement agency wants. And it's the fastest way to get fired from any agency. No matter how bad the truth may seem, lying about it will make it ten times worse.

By anon210483 — On Aug 30, 2011

I'm only 13 years old, turning 14 in march and I want to become a police officer but I don't know where to start. Any advice?

By anon206024 — On Aug 15, 2011

I'm 20 and have a dream to become a cop but I'm studying. Is there any chance to become a cop at this age?

By anon199907 — On Jul 25, 2011

I am 18 and 6'5 african american male. I am currently on probation for a Class A misdemeanor, for damaging property. Does this disqualify me from becoming a police officer?

By anon198724 — On Jul 20, 2011

Becoming an Oklahoma County Sheriff deputy is my dream. I'm really passionate about it. I've had the same exact dream since I was 5years old. I'm 16 now in High school, and was wondering do I need to attend college? I would prefer not to, but if that is what I need to do I will.

By anon195599 — On Jul 12, 2011

My name's River. I'm 5.9 and 15 years old. I live in Tennessee. Any advice for being a police officer?

By anon194669 — On Jul 08, 2011

I'm 13 and plan on becoming a police officer when I grow up. Any advice?

By anon185205 — On Jun 10, 2011

i am 18 with no education but am extremely smart -- just had a lot of struggles in life, but am 180 percent for sure i want to be a police woman and am curious how tall i have to be. i am 5 foot 4 inches. i don't believe size should be a matter of whether you get to work in the law enforcement. am i able to just take a police course online without my GED? let me know please. this is important.

By anon178062 — On May 19, 2011

I'm 15 years old, and i am 150 percent sure i want to be a police officer. i have my life planned out actually, and I'm just wondering if i need to go to uni and get some sort of certificate. If so, i would like to know which one and how long it will take me to get it and next year i am also doing legal studies as an elective in school so it will give me a bump up in the course of law i would need to do when i do the courses. thank you.

By anon174159 — On May 09, 2011

my name is omid, I'm 21 years old and i have been in canada for almost three years. I can speak four different languages: english, farsi, turkish, kurdish. i really want to be a police officer but the only problem is i haven't got my diploma yet, and i want to know after i got my diploma should i take any courses in university or not.

By anon173669 — On May 08, 2011

I'm reading that all you 12 year olds want to become cops. A good way to help is when you're 14 go become an Explorer for the sheriff's office. I'm an Explorer and I'm telling you all it helps.

By melissa23 — On May 05, 2011

i am almost 18 years old and want to become a police officer as soon as I'm of age. i only have one question: I was put away by the court in a behavorial hospital for attempted suicide when i was 15 or 16. Could i still be a police officer? i was a minor, and i still have a few years before I'm even of age to become an officer. can you please help?

By anon170539 — On Apr 26, 2011

I am 21, soon to be 22 years old and i will be graduating from a four year university with a double major in sociology and criminolgy.

I would like to become a juvenile probation officer and i feel that i am highly qualified for a position in this field considering I've had an internship in the field already as well as two jobs dealing with diverse populations.

I am a good person, but i will admit that i have lived a college lifestyle. I've recently finally decided to permanently quit smoking marijuana because i am coming to the realization that i need to be serious. I've never done any other drugs but marijuana and i do drink occasionally, but never drive.

I have never been in serious trouble with the law, i have a spotless driving record, and etc. My only concern is that there is a polygraph exam that must be taken in order to become an officer and i do not want my truthfulness to disqualify me for a position (hence i plan on admitting to smoking weed in the past), and also i am afraid that my nervousness would cause me to have some false readings.

can someone please provide me with some advice? i am beginning to regret my college social experimentation, and i wish that whoever would interview me would be able understanding.

By anon165919 — On Apr 06, 2011

is it necessary for one to be a US citizen to apply? Is it important for one to have perfect vision?

By mualia20 — On Apr 04, 2011

I'm 19 years old and i really want to be a police officer and i don't have any qualifications. i didn't go school in N.Z. I just came from Samoa like two years ago. At the moment I'm playing rugby for norths and i can speak english well. I'm going to apply as an international student, so is there any chance for me please? and how long does it take to become a police officer?

By anon162568 — On Mar 24, 2011

My name is palesa. I would like to be a police officer but i don't know how to apply. please tell me the whole procedure. i matriculated in 2009 and now I'm at home, but i want to help in the reduction of crime. Please help.

By anon162504 — On Mar 23, 2011

I'm 12 and if i want to become a police officer and work with the k9 unit how long would i have to train to become a police officer and work with the dogs.

By anon157925 — On Mar 05, 2011

I'm only 13 but I'm choosing my options soon. I was wondering what i should choose? Are there any specific grades that i need? Thank you!

By anon156883 — On Feb 28, 2011

my family doesn't think i can be a cop. how can i get them to see it my way?

By anon156289 — On Feb 26, 2011

In today's economic climate, jobs are becoming scarce, so if you want to be a police officer you have to work hard. There is no easy way in. Do what you think is right.

By anon155864 — On Feb 24, 2011

What's with all the people here wanting a fast and easy way to be a police officer? There's no magical formula that'll get you the job in a year.

First, go to university and get a related degree. A bachelors is sufficient. After that, contact local departments and ask about requirements. You will most likely have to pass a physical and written examination to even get an interview at the local police station. All in all, you're looking at about six or seven years preparation.

By destroyer93 — On Feb 12, 2011

I want to be a police officer but I'm 5'8'' and 116 pounds, plus I don't know what classes I need to take in college. can you help me figure that out?

By anon151849 — On Feb 11, 2011

I am almost 21 and i want to be a police officer but not really sure what to do. i have a daughter who is almost two and am a single mother. i don't have anyone to help me except for a few friends.

i always wanted to be in law enforcement, what can i do to be one fast and simple so that i can be a better mother to my child and show her we can do anything even when you're at your all time low in life?

By anon151830 — On Feb 11, 2011

I will be 25 in July. I am a Massage Therapist but i also want to become a police officer. i have been looking at different universities, but i have not decided yet.

I was born in Mexico, i came here when i was young but i still have a nice accent. I am very interested in becoming a police officer, but how should i know if this is really for me? Thanks.

By anon151649 — On Feb 11, 2011

i am active, fit, and hard working. I really want to be a Bellingham police officer. But i am very nervous because i identify as gay. I fear that this will harm my chances of getting hired. I have done everything: stay in shape, gun practice at the range, and almost am finished with my bachelors from western washington university. Would i still have a chance?

By anon151553 — On Feb 10, 2011

RE:#3: You cannot have DUI convictions, that will be an immediate disqualification. Also, having more than six demerit points will disqualify you.

For those of you who want to be a police officer, the best way is attaining a four year university degree in either criminology or sociology. Once you graduate there are endless possibilities to move up in the ranks.

By anon150651 — On Feb 08, 2011

Join your local police explorers to learn more!

By anon150538 — On Feb 08, 2011

I'm 12 and i want to be a police officer but i don't what to go to college. what do i do?

By anon149331 — On Feb 03, 2011

I am a female sophomore in high school, and I want to be a cop but I don't know what colleges are good and my family doesn't think I can take being a cop. what should I do to show them that I can?

By anon149324 — On Feb 03, 2011

OK i see a lot of things here and there about going to school here or getting a degree there. is there any way i can apply, take a test, and get qualified to become a police officer?

By anon147338 — On Jan 29, 2011

@392, Don't give up! you can do it! My cousin is an agent in the CIA. i don't know about the FBI, but I'd imagine it would be the same, but he had to go through a lot of training. Just remember that anything is possible.

"The impossible is unlikely, the unlikely is possible, the possible can happen." - Unknown.

By anon147299 — On Jan 28, 2011

I am a twelve year old girl and when I was younger I never even considered being a police officer. But as I have gotten older I have decided that it is what I definitely want to do for a career. But my family does not want me to become a police officer, and right now I don't want to tell people because I don't know what they will think.

I don't necessarily care what everyone thinks, but I would also like to know what I should do for practice and to prepare? Thanks!

By anon147034 — On Jan 28, 2011

I am 17 and interested in the state police field. I would like to know if i could take the municipal training in the state i live in which is PA and go to Alaska and do state police training there or do i have to do municipal training in Alaska.

By anon146521 — On Jan 26, 2011

I'm a 13 year old girl and I am just about to choose my options. I don't know which one to choose to become a police officer. I live in England, in Hampshire, and I can't find a good college to go to. If you can inform me any possible way that would be very useful. Thank you.

By anon145980 — On Jan 25, 2011

I am 16 years old and my dream is to become a police officer and I'm looking for information about it. A few months ago i was going to go to the national guard us army and I'm still thinking about it because i know that that will be really hard for me.

i know that becoming a police officer is a little bit hard and for the people who want to become a police officer i can only said that we have to work hard to get the things that we want and I'm working for this- to be a police officer. thanks!

By anon145487 — On Jan 23, 2011

I’m from Somalia and I’m Muslim. I'm 19 years old and I'm still in high school looking to get my high school diploma. I asked some people and they told me to become a police officer you have to have American citizenship. but I got a permanent resident card.

By anon143359 — On Jan 15, 2011

I wouldn't ever want to be a police officer.

By amypollick — On Jan 12, 2011

@anon142334: After nearly 20 years with a newspaper, I totally get how dumb people are! LOL. A good police department will have a friendly relationship with the media and when I told the public information officer what our retired receptionist said, "All the drunks have the newspaper on speed dial," he laughed and said, "Yeah, and the police department is number two."

Anyway, I'm grateful every day for the officers who put on the uniform and deal with what I don't want to deal with. I guess the people who are most grateful for what police officers do are the ones they usually don't have to deal with. Take care and stay safe!

By anon142334 — On Jan 12, 2011

I am 17 years old and want to become a police officer. I joined up with Police explorers when I was 15 years old, and let me tell you: being a cop is not something for the faint of heart.

In only the 400+ hours of field experience I've attained, I have seen three people die and have seen several other people severely injured. It stays with you, no matter how hard you try to get rid of it. You can't be afraid to run towards shots fired and you can't get mad at people, no matter how stupid they act. And believe me, people are a lot dumber than you think.

You rarely get thank yous and usually even the people you help show you little respect. But at the end of the day, you know you've helped countless people, and the feeling is great. I love the job and I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life.

It will obviously be different from department to department and there are many departments who see little action if any at all, but beware what you are getting yourself into. Do your homework. That's what I have to contribute.

By anon141590 — On Jan 10, 2011

I'm 16 years old from Montana. I play football and track, and i am a member of our volunteer fire department and I'm looking to be either a state trooper or a customs and border protection officer. Are there any suggested classes for high school if i am pursuing one of these careers?

By anon140926 — On Jan 09, 2011

I'm 16 and i have always wanted to be a police officer ever since i was six, but my mom and second oldest brother do not want me to and are not supportive.

Also my mom she is still not supportive. She keeps telling me that she won't let me be a police officer at all and i can't. but i still want to pursue my long dream and my future. Please people, help me!

By anon140312 — On Jan 07, 2011

I'm 17, from Sterling Heights, MI. I always thought of becoming a cop. I also thought about how dangerous it'll be, but my family thinks that it'll be too dangerous for me.

I've played on an organized sports team, for instance, basketball and soccer. The conditions are tough too, and I think I can pull it through an academy. But my mom thinks I should become a pharmacist. Which was my second career I thought of becoming, since I'm already taking classes for it. But I changed my mind so I don't know what to do. Tell me more information about police stuff. thanks. please reply.

By anon140050 — On Jan 06, 2011

I am a 13 year old girl and i have always dreamed of being a police officer. i live in central scotland and i am about to pick my subjects in school and it would be good to know what qualifications or expectations i should have to join the police. please reply .

By anon139800 — On Jan 05, 2011

I am 12. My life dream since i was 7 was to be a police detective officer. I want to start my training earlier. I have a best friend and he also wants to become a police officer so we planned on studying in the same police school. I live in canada and i want to get my job in canada or U.S. All I want to know is when can i get started? Thanks, Muaad M.

By anon138792 — On Jan 02, 2011

I am from London, England. I would like to become a police officer, and eventually a detective, in the US. For those who are interested, this is because in the UK, police are crippled by over-excessive paperwork and there isn't exactly much to get in to. Some UK police go to Canada to avoid this, but I would rather head to the US where I feel I could make a difference.

Now for my question. How could I make this transition? Currently, I am studying physics at Queen Mary University of London. I am on a three year course and I intend to see this through. It is after I have finished, when I am 21, that I would like to go to America to join the police. I would be willing to do any extra amount of studying it would take to do so.

Would this be possible and what steps will I have to take to do so. I would be incredibly grateful if anybody could help me with this. Thanks in advance.

By anon138210 — On Dec 30, 2010

I'm from nigeria and am 26 years and i want to be a police officer. I am not a citizen yet. what qualifications do i need to have and when can i be qualified?

By anon137958 — On Dec 29, 2010

@428, at this point you need to respect your parents, but if you're thinking about future, you can condition them. Talk about going into the marine corps, or firefighting, and eventually police doesn't sound so bad.

By anon136712 — On Dec 23, 2010

So, I'm back again. I have previously posted #401 and I have received a response, but now I am looking for some advice about a different part of the issue.

I'm 15, told my parents that i want to be a police officer with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and they are completely against it. Actually, they said that they won't ever talk to me again, and that they won't allow me to consider them as my parents if I be a police officer. Which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

They want me to do a less dangerous job, but I've wanted to be a police officer since I was six years old. My parents also said that they won't ever help pay for my tuition for University to become a police officer. Then at the end of the conversation, my parents said that I am no longer allowed to talk about being a cop.

So I have no clue what to do about this issue right now. Sometime I want to make a DARE presentation about drugs and alcohol, but I would have to have my parents permission to do this. I would also like to go on some ride alongs with our local police department, but until I can somehow get through to my parents, that's not going to happen anytime soon.

So any advice on how to resolve this issue? It's driving me crazy because I feel that if I be a police officer then maybe I could finally do some good in the world. Even if I just make a small difference, it would be worth it.

When I watch the news all you hear about is people getting abused, killed, people robbing each other, etc, it makes me wonder what this world is becoming. Anyway, please respond! From Jackie

By anon136654 — On Dec 23, 2010

#406 Thanks for the great advice. I've talked to my parents a month or two ago, and they said that they won't ever talk to me, or support me if I choose to be a police officer. This part of it is making it really frustrating.

I don't think that this is the kind of attitude that they are supposed to have towards their child's career choice. They feel the same way towards the army, but actually, they are more resentful towards the army. I know that if I choose a different career, I will regret it for the rest of my life. I really don't have a clue what to do next. From Jackie

P.S Thank you for what you do as a civilian police officer.

By anon133916 — On Dec 12, 2010

# 420 here. is anyone going to answer my question?

By anon133768 — On Dec 12, 2010

i am 16 and my aim in life is to become a police officer. what i should do after completing my high school education, but some people tell me that police officers are low paid.

By anon133357 — On Dec 10, 2010

I am 14 years old boy and my dream is to become a police officer. My question is that i am not so intelligent but because of my aim i am doing very much hard work so by taking +2 non medical, shall i do civil engineering or social engineering in future to achieve my goal? by sukhpreet.

By anon131611 — On Dec 03, 2010

I am Ohnmar and I am nine years old. when i grow up i want to be a police officer because being a police can solve problem and take care of my country. My family say i look like a police officer. i am going to study hard try my best to be a police officer. I am going to be 10 years old next year. i just need eight more years to grow up.

By anon131589 — On Dec 02, 2010

i am 15 years of age and I've wanted to be a police officer for like seven or eight years and my time is close so i want to learn more about becoming a police officer. whatever it takes to become one, i will never stop trying. thank you!

By anon131072 — On Dec 01, 2010

I'm 20. I've done drugs an occasionally and do cannabis for medical purposes. i was wondering if i would still be able to become a police officer here soon. i need to know. i am very intelligent and only want to be a police officer for 10 or 12 years as a start up for my later business. i need all the advice i can get.

By anon131035 — On Nov 30, 2010

I'm also police officer here in the philippines. is there any chances if i apply for U.S police officer?

By anon130976 — On Nov 30, 2010

I'm 16 and my dream is to become a police officer. But my ninth grade year I made bad grades. So I'm just wondering, do they really look at your high school transcript before you enter the field? Oh and I'm from D.C.

By anon129913 — On Nov 26, 2010

the records are never expunged. the police always have access to old background violations before 18; they just can't use it as a strike against you. but they will use it against you and to get a better idea of who they are approaching. i ran into an old friend and i had him run my name for the hell of it and i saw even when i didn't make my bed, if you get the drift. don't try to hide anything.

By anon125229 — On Nov 08, 2010

My son wants to be an officer after high school. He is thinking of joining the military first, then applying as an officer in the future.

My question is he has been a bit depressed and I was looking into therapy for him. I don't want to ruin his chances of becoming an officer or joining the military. Will this affect his chances? Thanks for all of the great feedback and information on pursuing a career in police work. I know that you are all busy.

By anon123900 — On Nov 03, 2010

In truth, police officers break the law just as ordinary citizens do. The problem is; is that most citizens are on the wrong side of the law.

Break the law and the law will break you.

If you're a police officer, on the other hand, and you break the law, you will receive a few weeks unpaid leave and have your job back with a reprimand in your personnel file.

By anon123304 — On Nov 01, 2010

can permanent residents of the u.s.a beome a U.s.a police officer, or can permanent residents of u.s.a apply for U.S.A police?

By Mckenzie — On Oct 27, 2010

I am currently thinking about becoming a police in my area and have already started the process. The problem is my wife has been accepted to graduate school five hours away. What is the longest amount of time I would have to remain in my department before I can transfer to a department closer to her?

By drewdrew — On Oct 24, 2010

I am currently in college and totally changing my mind on my major. I now want to become a police officer. I am set on this goal, but i do not know where and how to begin my journey on obtaining the essential requirements for becoming a police officer.

If anyone could help me give me steps i could follow for starting training in the State of georgia i would greatly appreciate it.

By anon119788 — On Oct 19, 2010

#401: You can join the Army at age 17 and become a Military Police officer if you wish. I would choose this first, because while in the military you could also get some college under your belt, not just experience being a cop.

But be prepared to not do much police work, depending on where you get stationed. A lot of it is going to civilians now, so you can concentrate on your military role. But anything can happen, you could do nothing but police work your whole time in.

Then, after a few years, if you don't want to be in anymore, you're well on your way to becoming a civilian cop.

It is very "easy" to say the least. Just be smart in your decisions. Listen to what people tell you, and learn how to read people -- very quickly. Good luck.

Experience: Seven years Army Military Police; one year civilian police.

By anon119514 — On Oct 18, 2010

@402: You are 15 years old, and you have a long life ahead of you. My best advice would be for you to follow your dreams. Is the only way you are going to be happy.

Before you make a decision, see what are the pros and cons for each field job. Don't give in to military pressure; you will end up making a mistake.

Police field work is very rewarding, pays well, and you can retire early too, with a nice pension. So just do your homework before making a decision and go for your dream or best job offer you think would be for you. Military work is not for everyone, but the same can be said about police work as well.

By anon119373 — On Oct 17, 2010

i am 17. i have done bad in the past but not drugs, and now i realize that it is much better to be good, but i make bad grades in school and i was wondering if that would make it hard for me to become a police officer.

By anon119032 — On Oct 16, 2010

I'm 11 years old, and we're doing a school project on what we want to be when we grow up. Of course I chose police officer. It's been my dream to lock up the bad people in the world. I always wanted to be a hero.

Well anyhow, what exams do I need to take to be a police officer besides Civil Service testing, physical exams, lie detector test, drug test, personality test, or psychological tests. Or is that all? Please help. -Elena

By anon118106 — On Oct 12, 2010

I'm 15, and I'm confused. The marines want me, but i want to be in the army. i want to be in the rangers. Special ops is my thing. I'm also a state and world champion in steel shooting. but my grades aren't so good. I'm like a D+/C student.

My dad wants me to be in military police. Should i be an LA police officer first, as a early job? this is too much pressure!

By anon114994 — On Sep 30, 2010

If someone could help me out by giving me some advice, it would be great.

I am 15 years old and my goal and dream is to be a police officer. About 20 minutes ago my parents were asking me what I'm going to do after high school. They said "are you going to go to Florida and live with us, or are you going to stay here in Canada, in this house with a job."

The problem is that i want to go to university to be a police officer. And I told them before that I want to be a cop, and they were not supportive. I just don't know what to do, and I feel like breaking down and crying. Help please! Thanks, Jackie

By anon113999 — On Sep 27, 2010

Help! I'm from Portugal. I'm a 20 years old male, I'm well, fit, with the high school diploma + technician course in tourism and never committed any felony.

The thing is, I'm not in the US, and I'd like to be a citizen there, but i don't know how to start from scratch, because i believe there's lot of bureaucracy.

Can i apply with under my circumstances? if so can anyone tell me where to apply? Thanks in advance.

By anon113772 — On Sep 25, 2010

I'd like to do this but do I need to be a permanent resident or citizen?

By anon112944 — On Sep 22, 2010

i'd like to be a police officer, but I'm just a permanent resident card online. I'm not a citizen yet and i have a misdemeanor offense. can i be a police officer still?

By anon112610 — On Sep 21, 2010

how can i be a police officer with bad performance? can i be a police if i have any criminal offenses? i need to apply but i don't know how.

By anon112340 — On Sep 20, 2010

I really want to join the LAPD. Used cocaine once in college -- once. I used pot three or four times as well. No felonies and have a great record and outstanding credit.

I have been sober from alcohol for over 13 years, and have had no other substances since, even after a root canal.

Is there any way I can make it? If not, it's too bad because I know I'd make an excellent peace officer. Thanks.

By anon112182 — On Sep 19, 2010

i want to be a police officer. I'm from kosovo. i am 14 years old. i don't want to be a police here in my country because here the police are so stupid. I don't drink, do drugs or smoke cigars.

By anon110907 — On Sep 13, 2010

All of you guys who have DWI/DUI, don't get discourage by people's negative opinion on you not being a police officer. It is going to be a year that i got arrested for a DWI and no one is perfect and we all make mistakes in life.

My dream is to become an FBI agent and I'm not going to give up. there is someone out there who will give you opportunities! don't give up guys!

By anon110609 — On Sep 12, 2010

I am 12 years old and I want to be a police officer. i found out everything needed to be a police officer but I am not very strong. i am actually a model for a kids clothing line and i have to stay skinny. is there a way for me to become strong and stay skinny?

By anon110175 — On Sep 10, 2010

In Finland it takes a lot of more time and serious academic studies to become a police officer, than in US. The training takes at least three and a half years plus practical training periods. So the training is at least four years, and usually some more.

You can read the details from the Police College of Finland.

By anon109411 — On Sep 07, 2010

Here's the deal.

I have a double nationality I am a French-American

born in France, speaking fluent English without any accent.

I've obtained my American nationality but have done only my elementary education in an American school

and my middle-high and high school education in France.

Can I still apply to become a police officer in the U.S.? If so, then please tell me how? And if I can follow my police formation in France and then work in the U.S. after learning the American code of law?

Thank you in advance to anybody kind enough to answer me.

By anon108647 — On Sep 03, 2010

I'm 13 years old, and would love to become a police officer. I'm over average in most of my classes and I'm not deterred by any of the study that I'm sure I'll have to do to become one. But would love to know what specific classes I need to learn in order to do certain exams in the future. I'm from Australia, New South Wales and my name is Chloe so could you please help me in my future dream.

By anon108382 — On Sep 02, 2010

I'm deaf, and I am trying to learn how to read lips and how to speak. I'm very smart in school. I've already read over 500 mystery books, all through from the little children book to teens books, then to adults' books every year.

I also have been practicing detective work and reading other people's face and body language. I've been doing that ever since I was only seven. I am 16 right now. I also do sports, breakdancing, running, and wrestling. I am an athlete. I'm also an an actress. I've acted out in movies before and I'm very good at hiding my reactions and stuff. All I want to know, is what I should do to take the test and to get my Detective ID. Thanks. ~Mariah

By anon108378 — On Sep 02, 2010

I'm twelve years old and i want to become a police officer. i live near london and wondered what sort of stuff i need to study on at school. Any comments would help a lot!

By anon107625 — On Aug 31, 2010

I was wondering if I could still become a cop but I feel my past might be an issue on the lie detector test.

I stole when I was young from a piggy bank quarters to play video arcade games. I also did try mushrooms, and weed, which I found out was the nastiest thing ever.

Besides that I have a clean record, I am in great shape (bodybuilding type), am licensed as a boxer, go to university and am very proficient in network information technology.

I have a clean driving record, and know how to drive anything from a car to a truck. Plus I am bilingual in Spanish, and in my area it seems that the Spanish population is growing. So my question is with my past old activity many, many years ago will that be an issue? We are talking about over 10 years ago.

By anon107556 — On Aug 30, 2010

Let's say someone tried ecstasy when they were about 16-17 years old but never did it again because they realized what it truly was, and then went to college and got a four year degree in criminal justice. Would they have an automatic DQ in becoming a police officer?

By anon107149 — On Aug 28, 2010

I am 13 years old and I live in south Carolina. I am very, very interested in becoming a police officer. I love to help people and work with the community. I really want to know my first steps into becoming a police officer.

By anon106371 — On Aug 25, 2010

I am 12 years old. I'm called jayde. i live in county durham. i am english. i really want to become a police woman. i am getting info off the internet on how to become a police woman and it's really good.

By anon105190 — On Aug 19, 2010

My name is Jason and I just graduated this year from south milwaukee high school. i played track and swimming for one year. i run two miles and lift weights every day. I'm in great shape and i was wondering how to get started on becoming a police officer.

By anon103663 — On Aug 13, 2010

My name is Joshua and I'm 16 years old and I live in Oklahoma. What kind of classes do I need to take? I was going to see if I could take any in high school. I play sports, athletic, drug free, trustworthy, educated, common sense, I don't quit till I finish the job, and I'm a team player and being a cop would be awesome. Thanks, Joshua

By anon102188 — On Aug 06, 2010

I am an 18 year old from India. I passed high school in india and i study in army school in india. I want to become a police officer. What to do? I have a permanent visa.

By anon101011 — On Aug 01, 2010

to become a police officer do you need any qualifications like gcse and a-levels? Someone please answer this question.

By anon100722 — On Jul 31, 2010

I am 15 year old female and I really want to be a police officer when I'm older. I have recently told my parents this, and they are certainly not supportive. They don't want to listen to me about this issue, so they ignore it too.

I am wondering how I can get my parents to understand that this is my dream. I want to have them be supportive for me. I sometimes wonder why they don't want me to be a police officer.

Wouldn't they want me to be on the good side of the law, helping people, making a difference, instead of doing drugs, or maybe even something worse? Any advice would be great! Thanks from Jackie.

By anon99962 — On Jul 28, 2010

Well, unlike a lot of the people posting on here, I am actually starting my journey towards the police force this coming college semester. I just have to know, what kind of questions do they ask you during the lie detector test? And what are the physical requirements for becoming a police officer?

By smileydunz — On Jul 26, 2010

I'm 15 going on 16 years old and I'm going in the 12th grade but i made a mistake and now I'm going back to school in september. I have never done drugs and have no criminal records as yet because I'm young, of course, but I'm interested in being a police or a lawyer because i love helping people in the community and in the country. I believe in justice so to become a police officer, what courses do I have to take in high school to get into college in the bahamas or any other college? Please help me out while my options are open, please and thank you! rashean k.

By amypollick — On Jul 23, 2010

@Jackie: Ask the DARE officer when you ask to help. He or she should be able to tell you everything you need to know about becoming an officer. Good luck!

By anon98632 — On Jul 23, 2010

I am 15 years old and I live in Newfoundland, Canada. I am very, very interested in becoming a police officer. I love to help people and work with the community. I really want to know my first steps into becoming a police officer.

If someone could please tell me I would really appreciate it. I am thinking about getting more involved with DARE next school year, like helping out and stuff. I still have to ask the officer about that. Anyway, any advice would be great! Thanks, Jackie

By anon98329 — On Jul 22, 2010

I want to become a police officer. I'm still in high school, have a clean record, and I'm 17. What do I do now.

By anon98086 — On Jul 22, 2010

what are the steps to becoming a police officer from step 1 to step the last step? this is from tusi ale, 10 years old.

By anon96834 — On Jul 17, 2010

I'm 17years old and i really want to be an officer but i don't know what i have to do become an officer. do i have to finish year 12 and go sign up for police academy training, yes or no? someone tell me. i really want to be a police officer.

By anon96252 — On Jul 15, 2010

does calling 911 keep you from being a cop?

i called 911 and it wasn't serious so they asked for my information and I'm scared that I'm in the system and that it will affect anything. It's really been hurting me. i want to be a police officer.

By micawad — On Jul 11, 2010

I'm 17, and I'm seriously considering becoming involved with law enforcement. I'm going to be a senior next this fall, and i excel in english and history, but my math and science are average at best. I was hoping you'd tell me the difference between a cop and a state trooper, because my mother says state troopers pay over 80k annually. Also, if they would take my size into consideration. I'm 6'5, 265. I currently play varsity football as a lineman. I'll probably play d3 college football, and i was also wondering what classes i should take to make it to the top.

By anon94145 — On Jul 07, 2010

To anyone wanting to be a cop, go speak to a cop with one or two years' service at your local station. They should be happy to talk to you and give you a feel for what the job entails, without having attitudes that are too jaded.

They know more about the current recruitment process wherever you live. Take to heart what they say. It's a hard job, you work crap hours, deal with horrible people, scary and distressing situations and it's not especially well paid.

On the other hand, it can be a rewarding job, too. After a week of dealing with pissy neighbor disputes, you might jail a prolific thief, a drunk driver, or have to smash down a door to let an Ambo crew in to treat an attempt suicide. You can go home after 12 hour night shift, crack open a beer and realize you maybe did make a difference that night.

Of course, the following night you'll be thinking "This job stinks" again, but that's just the way it goes.

By zac569 — On Jul 07, 2010

i just got out of prison three months ago, where i was brutally raped on several occasions. i then decided i wanted to do everything i could to keep people like that in prison where they belong. however i have a few offenses on my record, such as the one i was previously in jail for which was my fourth DUI offense, as well as a domestic abuse charge, along with a few previous methamphetamine charges. Is there any way i can still become an officer?

By anon94001 — On Jul 06, 2010

I am a 16 year old girl and i am going to be a high school senior this year. I never took any courses related to being a police officer, but I really want to be a detective. What should my first step be?

By anon93143 — On Jul 02, 2010

you have to be 19 to be a cop. you have to have your green p's, finished year 12 in high school or a certificate 4 at TAFE.

By anon92815 — On Jun 30, 2010

There's a class you can take from former cops who consult with law enforcement. They have some live seminars (cheaper) and on-line/telephone consulting which gives you one on one with a trainer but you don't get to see other students take a mock oral board exam like in the seminar. Mentor Research Group is their name.

By anon92695 — On Jun 29, 2010

331* Very funny. Cops are very educated. Everyone who is in a career is educated -- how the hell do you think they get where they are? And to 343 and 342 you made a GREAT point. If someone's robbing you what the hell are you going to do about it? Call your high school english teacher? Since they're "educated"? Ha.

By anon92313 — On Jun 27, 2010

I am 16 and have recently decided that i wanted to become a law enforcement officer. But i have a few questions. First off about a year ago i got arrested for retail theft but i joined this program that it will erase off your record if you complete it. It's a year long program. Will this affect me?

I have tried marijuana and did it daily but i have been clean for about six months and will never do it again. And last question: what is the best path? I want to become an police officer but also want to make good money everything from classes to take, and also my eyes are not the best.

Thank you for reading and if someone is educated enough to reply, please do.

By anon92122 — On Jun 25, 2010

I'm going to be 18 in a few months and I was wondering what I have to do to after high school to become a police officer. Any specific classes in college? My dad was a police officer for a while and he graduated top of his class from college so no one should dare say police are undereducated. They obviously know more than you.

By anon91967 — On Jun 24, 2010

what kind of education do you have to have to become an officer?

By anon91944 — On Jun 24, 2010

I'm 16 and want to become a cop but i heard that you have to be over 18 or 18 to try so i was wondering if anyone could help me out and tell me the age you have to be to be accepted as a cop. Thanks.

By anon91638 — On Jun 23, 2010

I've always wanted to be a police officer, but I have awful breathing problems. Is there a way I can still join?

By anon91377 — On Jun 21, 2010

And another thing to 331: if someone broke in your house what the heck are you going to do, call 911?

By anon91375 — On Jun 21, 2010

this is to 331: You're dead wrong if you think a police officer is overpaid. Sure, some might be trigger happy, but when some guy pulls a gun in your face or something of that sort happens what do you think you would do? If cops weren't here then this world would go to hell.

By anon91264 — On Jun 21, 2010

I am a police officer in Southern California. I have eight years on the force. For the past month or so, I have been thinking really hard about quitting law enforcement. I like most of the job but hate the people in management (really only the sergeant. They are not good leaders). Reading some of the comments on this website reminded me how hard I worked to get to where I am now.

For reminding me of that, I want to thank you guys.

Here's the truth about law enforcement. Every department is different. Some will not give a person a chance if there is any past drug use. Most will, as long as the drugs you had used were only marijuana or even a small amount of meth and enough time has passed (three to five years). If you have ever used any LSD, mushrooms, etc., you're done -- become a plumber.

You young kids 14, 15,16ish get involved with the Explorers program at a local PD or join the ROTC at school. Don’t be a nerd and work really hard and you will make a good police officer.

Being a cop is fun. Last night I drove over 80-100 MPH on three separate calls. I arrested a 13 year old for burglarizing a local elementary school and chased after people all night. LOL Makes me wish I was working right now.

By anon91134 — On Jun 20, 2010

does anyone else think it's a little weird that most of the people on this site that want to be cops are either prepubescent foreign boys or people with screwed-up pasts? Kind of makes you wonder what type of people cops really are.

By anon91033 — On Jun 19, 2010

I am 14 years old. To be a police officer is my dream. sorry if this is stupid question but I am asking, OK? if someone wears glasses, can they be a police officer. you know being a police officer came to my mind when I was seven years old.

i want to be a police officer. thank you.

By anon90939 — On Jun 18, 2010

I'm 15 and i knew what i wanted to do at age three. my father is a police officer and my grandfather is the chief. but I'm like crazy about police and watch every police show from cops to mall cops of america. is there any way i can become a police officer sooner? i checked and i think if you join the police explorers you can go to police academy at 18. is that true?

By anon90786 — On Jun 18, 2010

I am a city police officer. For all of the people here who have recently been ticketed for DUI or for fairly recent past drug use, save your breath, and save the police department time as well, because you are wasting their time applying with those things on your record.

If you have any type of drug use or drug related arrest, the police department will not even come close to considering you as a future police officer.

Stop fooling yourself and grow up. Find another profession.

By anon90745 — On Jun 17, 2010

I am i single mum with two kids and my dream is to be a police officer. i am going to apply next year. i have to go back to school first but that is my dream, even though you have to go through a lot of stuff, it's worth it.

By anon90738 — On Jun 17, 2010

I just graduated from the police academy six months ago, and it was the worst year for police job availability. I have had to move back home with my parents temporarily while looking for work.

Most of my officer friends say to get a job locally and wait it out while the economy recovers, but won't living at home look bad on a background investigation?

I can't afford to live on my own at the moment, although I have in the past. What's my alternative?

By anon90538 — On Jun 16, 2010

Yes, what grades do you need in maths and english maybe science? how do you apply? do you have to go to college or uni? do you have to have certain things in college like public services? i am 15 and very interested and was just wondering about my career. Sam

By anon90379 — On Jun 15, 2010

To 330: you have to have high school diploma, and at least an associate degree.

By anon90106 — On Jun 14, 2010

LOL. I see all these inexperienced youngsters and people with DUI's asking if they can also become police officers. I always knew most police forces are pathetic in their own right, but seeing garbage that's been spewed on this page just reinforces the fact that cops are generally undereducated, overpaid, trigger-happy buffoons. I hope karma catches up with you all. Good luck.

By anon89704 — On Jun 11, 2010

what if I did not have the high school diploma. is that OK to become a police officer? And I do not have any criminal background. Please answer this question!

By anon88798 — On Jun 07, 2010

how old do you have to be to become a police officer?

By anon88463 — On Jun 05, 2010

I am 16 and want to become a police officer. I don't have a criminal background or any kind of tickets, however, I recently got over an addiction to marijuana. I haven't gone to any kind of counseling. I quit completely on my own.

I plan on getting an associates degree before going in to law enforcement. I have heard that if you admit to smoking marijuana on the lie detector you cannot get hired? Is this true?

By anon88074 — On Jun 02, 2010

I've read that to join the police you need to be healthy and you have to take a few tests and go into some room where they interview you while connected to a lie detector.

By anon87637 — On May 31, 2010

@323: How can one be married to an illegal alien? Wouldn't they be applicable for a green card by virtue of being married to a citizen?

By anon86265 — On May 24, 2010

I have a question. i know someone who wants to become a police officer, but he is married to an illegal alien. can he still apply to become a police officer?

By anon85647 — On May 21, 2010

can i become a police officer by doing police rangers and police cadets?

By baffled — On May 20, 2010

In response to #13: Check to see if your local law enforcement has an explorer program. that is a good way to get exposed to what law enforcement is all about and get experience. also you will have to attend a law enforcement academy. some are at a local community college or an academy, depending what agency you apply for and what state you live in. good luck. it's an interesting job.

By aimei — On May 17, 2010

i'm a high school student and i just handed in a registration form for my grade 11 classes. I'm very interested in the police force, and that's what i want to do when i graduate. I just need to know all the classes required to be a police officer. What science's do I need? What math? Just A30 or do I need B30 also? Thanks!

By anon84286 — On May 14, 2010

I would highly recommend that you ask these questions at your local police department. I know for a fact that having bad credit, d.U.I, recent convictions or pending convictions will disqualify someone. There may be a few other things.

These minor offenses like trying drugs at an early age won't disqualify you. Or petty crimes as long as you don't repeat them when you're an adult.

I also suggest if you qualify, to take ride alongs in your local departments and ask questions. This career is very demanding and takes much commitment. So to everyone who wants to become a peace officer good luck and never give up.

By anon84200 — On May 14, 2010

i am 23 years old and i am female. i am an undergrad student and want to become a police officer.

By anon83813 — On May 12, 2010

Okay I got laid off about two months ago and I have been wanting to pursue my dream of becoming a cop. I was just going to enroll for summer courses when last month I got a DUI. I also got a misdemeanor six years ago for getting caught stealing. I returned everything but is still on my record a stupid thing that I did then, and then this DUI. Which are the only things on my record -- nothing else.

Will this affect my dream of becoming a police officer?

By anon83801 — On May 12, 2010

I am a 13 year old boy and I am really into police. I have a book called "police officer exam" and I want to be a police officer, but i have a few questions. How old do you have to be to start the process of becoming a police officer? Can a police officer have a beard for religious reasons? Do you have to go to college? Please let me know! Thanks a lot.

By anon83448 — On May 11, 2010

I am a Dutch citizen, soon to be a U.S. resident (eventually U.S. citizen, be cause I'm married to a U.S. citizen).

I am already a cop in my home country (seven years police experience). Do I really need to be full U.S. citizen to apply for being a cop in America?

By anon83397 — On May 10, 2010

I am 17 years old, turning 18 in september. Recently I have been heavily exploring the police profession. i am an active member of the local police explorer group and that has really opened my eyes.

About two years ago my father passed away. i had to see him in the hospital in a coma, and it was the hardest thing i have ever had to do.

When i was down there with my "half-brother" he introduced me to marijuana. it made things so much easier, and i eventually turned to that every time a problem arose. it started as a way to cope with very difficult family problems, but then turned into a habit.

Recently i have stopped and have a good three years before the minimum age requirements are met. during this time, under peer pressure, i ate mushrooms twice. i hate them! the worst experience of my life. both of these are choices that i deeply regret.

i guess what I'm asking is should i even attempt to get a career in this field, or give it up completely. if these mistakes have cost me a great life/ rewarding career, i will be devastated. thanks a lot.

By anon82731 — On May 07, 2010

I'm 14 years old i live in england. i have always wanted to become a police officer. i have no criminal record and i have good grades in school and want to know how to become a police officer.

By anon82314 — On May 05, 2010

How many classes do I have to take to become a police officer?

By anon82278 — On May 05, 2010

I have a prior in a couple things, one being a DUI, however, once I get through criminal justice schooling (I already have a degree in psychology) I am hoping all will be far enough behind me.

I have known a few officers who did make mistakes, none felony crimes of course, who have gone on and become officers. However, based on my record of a lead foot (most written down in the court but still) and two misdemeanors, my chances have been gravely reduced but I am hoping to find a position within the criminal justice system where I can still be in an active role and make a difference in the lives of others.

(P.S. Although not a heavy drinker, I am with a previous poster regarding my DUI-it was one of the best circumstances to ever happen to me! It made me step back and look at my life, deal with my past, and most importantly appreciate and be thankful for all I have in my life and for life itself).

By anon82199 — On May 05, 2010

What subjects do i need to take in school for my gcse?

By anon82138 — On May 04, 2010

i have glasses and bad vision. can i become a cop and have no problems?

By anon81366 — On May 01, 2010

i have a few personal concerns about becoming an officer, most that have to do with my unfair local reputation.

My father was a flint police officer for 23 years (he recently passed away in august. rip.) so i suppose i get more of my inspiration from him. However, my mother hasn't made the best mating decisions, you could say. her ex husband hit an officer a few years back and that officer barely made it out alive.

Unfortunately because i am associated with my mother and she is associated with her p.o.s. ex husband, local law enforcement does not like our family at all. Which I would understand if she was still with him, but she's not and is ashamed of what he did.

I am angry that they don't treat me kindly because I never liked the man in the first place and I feel this guilty by association treatment is completely unfair considering I am not his child, I despise him, and my own father was an officer of the law.

My mother and I have had a few fights when I was younger, nothing that's turned extremely violent. My mother has serious mental issues but is also an amazing liar, so these things have worked against me after she's called police on me.

I've never been convicted of any kind of violence, period. I would never hurt my own mother. But I just feel as if those past experiences would damage my chances of becoming an officer.

I did receive an MIP in 2006 when I was 17. I'm now turning 21 in September. I did go to jail for three days because I was unable to pay my court fines and complete my community service. (i was seven months pregnant at the time and very sick plus had preeclampsia which is why i didn't complete the c.s. i baby sat for my mother to pay my fines, but she never paid me for it so I couldn't pay my fines.)

I've gotten three minor traffic violations, and one speeding ticket but I have no points on my license. I was also involved with hard drugs when I was 17 but have given all that up and never plan on turning back.

I was never caught with or convicted of any drug related crimes. I already plan on being upfront and honest about my dark past as a teen.

I've given up hope in applying to my local departments, given my mother's side of the family's reputation. Not to mention, I wouldn't want to work for them anyway because I feel they pick favorites and allow people they know to get away with serious crimes (domestic violence, alcohol related violations, etc). That's never something my father would have done.

But I am wondering, given my unfair local reputation, is there a current officer out there who thinks if I am completely honest and show my true character (which I think I have very good character, and I hope others do too.) that I could still be hired in by a department? I'm really hoping so.

I do honestly believe I would make a good officer. I think given my dark past, I'm a little more in tune with people's problems and can help out a community (whichever decides to hire me) in big ways. thank you for your time, sorry for the length. have a great day.

By anon80197 — On Apr 26, 2010

I'm a very clean cut, super clean type dude suit and tie person. i was recently involved with gangs and other things but i changed my life around so i guess it came from my pops being bad. He was part of the black panthers back in the 60's but i will be the next police officer.

By anon80140 — On Apr 26, 2010

I am 32 years of age and have never had a felony conviction. I have only been arrested one time for a public intoxication.

I do not do drugs but I have in the past when I was younger. I am currently in college to receive a BA in Social and Criminal Justice and plan on attending a Houston Police Academy once I have the degree.

I have a good driving record and also plan on doing some community service. I am in decent physical shape (not fat but could use some toning up). Do I sound like the type of person who can become an officer of the law?

By anon79973 — On Apr 25, 2010

I'm 27 years old and wanted to pursue a bachelors degree in criminal justice but two years ago I was in court for a felony child abuse charge against me but due to some really different circumstances in the case, the felony was dropped by the DA's motion and i was just charged with a misdemeanor count of child neglect.

I had to serve two years probation and just finished it with no problems last month March 2010.

Is a career in this field still in order or a waste of time?

By anon79954 — On Apr 25, 2010

my name is adan and I'm from kenya and my parents was born in somali so the direct problem is that it is hard for me to speak english sometimes. So my dream goals is to become a U.S.A police officer. so how can i be one?

By anon79599 — On Apr 23, 2010

I was just wondering I recently got out of the military as a 31E, also known as military police and corrections specialist.

I received an honorable discharge for a personality disorder. basically my wife's mother died a while back and her brother shot himself when i was in the army and I was depressed and they sent me home to straighten things out and be there for her.

I was really only depressed from being away from her during such a hard time. I'm doing well now and other than that i do have training from the military for these fields and was wondering. i used to smoke pot and have tried hard drugs occasionally in the past and sold drugs. Would this affect me?

Also i have a car that got repossessed because i was working a job for two years and didn't get enough time for unemployment and got behind. i only owe 5500 to the bank and i haven't touched any hard drugs in like four or five years and it's been like a year since I've smoked pot. but I've worked on state jobs as a a roofer for two years and was in the military for police and corrections training and had a secret security clearance.

also i had one minor possession charge for seeds that were found in my vehicle like four or five years ago.

I've been married for two years and really want to change my life around. times are tough and i want to make a better life for us and prevent others from making same mistakes i have. do you think i have a chance as a prison guard or a cop? if you could help it would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

By anon78134 — On Apr 17, 2010

you need decent english and maths skills, pretty good vision and you need to be quite fit and i think you have to go to college to learn about law and enforcement.

By anon77521 — On Apr 14, 2010

I have very bad vision, but I wear glasses. Could I still become an officer?

By anon77264 — On Apr 13, 2010

I'm 15 and I'm so determined to become a police officer. I'm just worried because maths is not my strongest point and I'm wondering if math is something that is really needed as a police officer?

By anon77222 — On Apr 13, 2010

I'm 19 years old and I'm a girl. i just got my motorcycle license and yes i want to be a mounted officer but I've been bummed out. I heard from a person that because i wear hearing aids i might not be able to consider this career and i can hear with them just like a normal person can.

So can anyone help me out? I really don't want to give up on this career until I'm sure that i have no hopes. thanks.

By anon76797 — On Apr 12, 2010

I'm 19 years old and I'd like to join the academy of police but i got my high school diploma from another country and i don't go to college yet. is that a problem for me to join the academy?

By anon76771 — On Apr 12, 2010

OK, I have read every one of these, and I still haven't found my answer.

I would like to become a police officer. I had a DUI six years ago, and after that I never drink and drive. I walk, I take a cab, or I don't go out if I want to drink.

I have had many discussions with officers (off duty) in bars, and they say that it shouldn't be an issue. They drove themselves to the bars, and got plastered, and drove home.

I know that they are officers of the law, not on the clock, but if I do become a police officer I don't want to work with hypocrites like this.

Also, I have a few speeding tickets, most from when I was young, about 20, and this also is a moral issue. I know that most police officers use their badge as a get out of jail free card if pulled over.

I see black and whites (the color of police cars in my city) going a lot faster than the posted limit without their lights and sirens on. Why do you think the lights and sirens are there? It's so you can let people know that there is something going down and you need to break the law to be there in time to save someone in need, or you need to get to the sale at Macy's or something. Either way, use them.

Recently I got pulled over (fix it, flasher was out). It was by the officer that stopped me when I received my DUI. I remembered his name, and I was actually happy. I said "Officer (name here)!" He was taken off guard, and I said "You arrested me years ago, about a mile away!" He said "What, DUI?" I laughed, and said yeah, how is your (insert name of raced out car) doing?"

He took my DL, and checked it. He was very happy to see that I had not had another DUI. I told him that he most likely saved my life that night. Yeah, bromance. whatever. He is a "good, by the book, cop," which most should be.

Either way, I am a very moral person, who likes to help people out who are in need, in good shape, strong, smart, don't use drugs, smoked pot years ago.

I can relate to people, and empathize.

We need more cops like me. Can I be a cop?

How can I convey these facts to the people that may hire me?

By anon76453 — On Apr 10, 2010

i am now a cop but when i was younger i was charged with a DUI but i changed my life, went to college and applied to be a police officer. At the interview I was completely honest and let them know that in previous years i had received a DUI and I still became a cop.

We all make stupid mistakes when we're young, you just have to be willing to change and turn your life around and work towards it. If you've ever been convicted of a felony though, your chances are very slim and if you currently do drugs or want to be a police officer and continue using drugs, you can forget about it.

You're a police officer, and you take drugs off the street, not contribute to it. Maintain a clean record, stay physically fit and join the military or get a degree and possibly get some community volunteer hours under your belt and you would be a great candidate as a police officer.

Good luck all, follow your dreams, don't give up!

By anon76350 — On Apr 09, 2010

First off, me being experienced in the hire process for a certain department, and I'll tell everyone now that if you have smoked weed in the past and not still smoking it, like trying once or twice is OK. any other drug such as cocaine heroine, etc., or prescription drugs like adderall

or any other forms of non over the counter you will be disqualified.

That is on the basis of the department I'm referring to. Also be in good shape physically. The PT tests nowadays are more rigorous than what old timer cops will be telling you.

By anon76043 — On Apr 08, 2010

i am 20 years old and will be 21 in august. i have nothing on my record and i have a high school diploma but i have not gone to college. am i still able to become a police officer?

By anon75949 — On Apr 08, 2010

I am 45 years old and through many years of consideration have decided to try for the position of a police officer in a very small town (POP 752). It is now 2010 but in 1993 I had a domestic abuse charge filed on me. Will this stop me from becoming an officer in Missouri?

I have a GED and six years Military Police Training. I also had miscellaneous misdemeanor charges on me as a young adult. In 1995 I changed my life around and have no arrest or tickets since then. Thanks for any and all help.

By anon75467 — On Apr 06, 2010

You got a DUI and you smoke drugs? no crap -- you can't become a cop.

By anon75410 — On Apr 06, 2010

I'm 13 years old and i want to be a police officer when i get older and I'm doing a paper about how i can become a police officer. And this site is very useful. I'm super excited to start training to be a police officer.

By anon75213 — On Apr 05, 2010

I'm 15 turning 16 this year and i want to become a detective! I live in australia and i can speak three different languages.

I would like to know how i can achieve this goal and what subjects i have to do.

p.s. i love watching criminal shows. i find them pretty interesting.

By anon75041 — On Apr 05, 2010

i smoke weed and want to become a cop. is it possible?

By anon74848 — On Apr 04, 2010

to anon72731: you want to be an Illinois state trooper, you need clout.

By anon74111 — On Mar 31, 2010

at one time or another i was involved with marijuana and cocaine as a youngster, and one of the reasons i have chosen to become an officer and try towards taking it out of kids and other people's hands. i was worried about the lie detector test and what they base their questions on. would i need to worry about this?

i have no prior convictions nor a criminal record.

By anon73465 — On Mar 27, 2010

I've wanted to be a police officer since i was younger. i am 17 turning 18 this year. i will be going to college for criminal justice in September but i have been wondering what classes would i need to take? does it include math because that's a weak point for me.

By anon73273 — On Mar 26, 2010

if i make bad grades in high school would that affect me becoming a police officer.

By anon72883 — On Mar 24, 2010

Can I be a successful police officer and still smoke pot every now and then?

By anon72731 — On Mar 24, 2010

My name is Donovan I am very interested in pursing a career as a state trooper, preferably in Illinois. Does anyone know how I would about getting this job? I will head off to college this fall and I will be a Criminal Justice major. I just need help figuring out what to do afterward. Can someone please help me?

By anon72381 — On Mar 22, 2010

"i have gotten in some trouble in school. is that going to affect me?"

That depends if it was illegal or if it is serious and discoverable online or in personal records of yours.

By anon72343 — On Mar 22, 2010

i want to become a federal agent. would being a police officer help put me on that road?

By anon72173 — On Mar 22, 2010

I will be 17 in three months. I'm going to a two- year college for law enforcement in fall 2010. After that (assuming i pass the college) I'm going into the military police training for as long as i can. Possibly become military police as well. Anyone want to tell me what complications I'll have with this plan? I have do not have a criminal record.

By anon70845 — On Mar 16, 2010

I'm 16 years old, female, and looking into working as a community police officer. how do i start off? i have never been in trouble and i will be 17 in three months. i have a good education and my dream for a future career to be a police officer. i am a caring person. i work out at the gym four days a week and i run 5 miles every day. I'm a very healthy person and 5ft 5. if there is any help, please help me. thank you.

By anon69616 — On Mar 09, 2010

i have gotten in some trouble in school. is that going to affect me?

By anon68376 — On Mar 02, 2010

I would love to become a police officer. sometimes i wonder what it would take.

By anon68364 — On Mar 02, 2010

how long does it take to become an officer?

By anon67673 — On Feb 25, 2010

hello there ima cop i been transfer from an other unit or other country and thing are different but let me tell you all some you all qualify if you really want to be a cop or what ever you want to do in life. don't give up guys.

By anon67500 — On Feb 25, 2010

i wanted to know how many years do you have to do training or schooling to become a police officer?

By anon67344 — On Feb 24, 2010

I would really enjoy working and becoming a cop. I really want to know all the information about becoming a cop. I know this will be a long process but am up for it.

By anon67054 — On Feb 22, 2010

I like to wear combat boots so I was wondering if being a cop would be a good decision for me. By the way, I keep my fingernails short, so I don't think I have to worry when it comes to that, "assuming there is a dress code." P.S.- I'm a boy

By anon66776 — On Feb 21, 2010

I'm sixteen with a clean record right now. will becoming an officer help me to join the DEA?

By anon66041 — On Feb 17, 2010

I have wanted to become an officer ever since I was a little girl. When I was little I told my mom that's what I would love to be.

Because my grandfather is a retired sheriff in Detroit and all my uncles are cops so my goals were to become the first lady in the family to become a cop.

But yes, I am young. I'm sixteen and I've done some stupid things but not involved with the law. But there has been a time were something has come up in my household that involved my father. I was wondering if that involves me.

By anon65957 — On Feb 16, 2010

i'm 15 and I've always dreamed of being a cop. i've got a good education and have never done drugs and i want to know how you become a cop. i'm a girl.

By anon65790 — On Feb 16, 2010

OK I'm 16 yrs old, I'm also a girl. I don't have a wonderful past. I've done stupid things, but I'm trying to get my life turned around. Luckily I've realized i needed to turn things around at a young age, and in this process I've seen how much better life is being drug and alcohol free and being on the good side of the law makes me feel a lot happier than being in constant trouble. So, I've decided I'd love to become a police officer.

But i read the above passage and it says there will be a lie detector test and I'm guessing they will ask about drugs/alcohol. I have done drugs in my past but like i previously stated, i no longer do drugs or drink. will this affect me getting a job as a police officer?

By anon65691 — On Feb 15, 2010

my name is german and i wanted to know what to do after i graduate from high school because i want to be a cop.

By anon65227 — On Feb 11, 2010

I'm almost sixteen now. I am the class clown of my class. But lately I've been wondering about my future. I have always been interested in becoming a cop but never knew what my first step should be. I just want to know when and how I should start doing things. And I noticed all the A's were highlighted. Why?

By anon65158 — On Feb 11, 2010

i'm 17 and i want to become a police officer. help me become one please.

By anon64961 — On Feb 10, 2010

hi im 13 and i really want to be a police officer. how can i become one?

By anon64935 — On Feb 10, 2010

My name is Unzillah i wanted to know how many gcse do you need to be a police officer. can you please help me? thank you.

By anon64767 — On Feb 09, 2010

I really want to become a police officer, and i was just wondering what are the right academics needed for this position? Thank you.

By anon64591 — On Feb 08, 2010

I'm 15 years old and I really want to be a police officer! I have good speed but slow reactions and sometimes I notice things that other people don't and I want to help people in need. Those are my reasons to become a police officer.

By anon64158 — On Feb 05, 2010

I was wondering can i work in the NYPD if i came from Bosnia and Herzegowina? Please answer me.

By anon63484 — On Feb 02, 2010

i was charged about 5-6 years ago with possessing a street sign. it was a stupid thing i did when i was 17-18 years old i was charged criminally as an adult, would this affect my wanting to become a police officer? or should i get a pardon, which i was going to do anyway

By anon63432 — On Feb 01, 2010

i am currently working towards getting my high school diploma and i am trying to get my life straight. i think i could be a good cop. how can i do this?

By anon63422 — On Feb 01, 2010

I am in the Army National Guard and I did all my basic boot camp training and Military Police job training. Would I still be required to attend the Police Academy in order to join?

By anon63417 — On Feb 01, 2010

I'm planning on becoming a police officer but i want to eventually transfer to SWAT. what should i do?

By anon63323 — On Feb 01, 2010

I am interested in becoming a police officer. I used to be a foreign exchange student in the US and I want go back to live there if it is possible.

I have relatives who were born in the states and my grandpa was a citizen also. My question is that do I have to be a citizen in all the states to become a police officer? Thank you for your help.

By taffy — On Jan 29, 2010

if you become a police officer can you wear a skirt and have long hair?

By anon62692 — On Jan 28, 2010

to be a police officer, you don't need any qualifications, so if you are choosing your options and don't know what to take, it doesn't really matter. But if i were you i would take things that would benefit me when joining the police. For example P.E as this would make me stay fit.

By anon62494 — On Jan 26, 2010

I am a 16 year old boy. my dream was always to become a police officer.I have what it takes and willing to do what it takes to become one. I'm now in high school. If you can help me by showing me the right way. I will be thankful.I really want this!

By anon61798 — On Jan 22, 2010

i want to be a police officer? what do i have to take in high school?

By anon61797 — On Jan 22, 2010

what do you take in high school to be a police officer?

By anon61750 — On Jan 22, 2010

i am 18 years old and a woman. i'm in an lbpd explorer post and i'm trying to become an officer but i feel like because i'm a girl it's going to be harder to get in. should i worry about this?

By anon61626 — On Jan 21, 2010

Hi, I'm 13 and will be choosing my options soon but I'm not sure what subjects I need to take to become a police officer when I'm older. I have always wanted to be one and I hope I will. I think I have an idea on what I have to take but could you please give me some advice. :)

By anon61509 — On Jan 20, 2010

i have speeding tickets. will that affect me?

By anon61309 — On Jan 19, 2010

I am in year nine and have to choose my GCSE options soon. I have always wanted to be in the police force and have been riding for the past 8 - 9 years of my life. It would be my dream to become a mounted officer but i have no idea on how to get there! If anyone can help me in how to get the qualifications i need it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

By anon60675 — On Jan 15, 2010

I'm 17 and i have always wanted to become a police officer, but i have a problem. i wear glasses and can't see without them. will that affect my chance of getting the job? and also i play sports and keep in shape but what do you have to do to pass the physical test? like what does the physical test require?

By anon60202 — On Jan 12, 2010

you cannot become a police officer until you're 21. you have to go through an academy of your state's choice and you need to be physically fit, psychologically sound and wanting to become a cop for the right reasons.

Too many cops out there are disrespecting the badge. It all goes back to ethics. Would your family be proud of what you do?

By anon60134 — On Jan 12, 2010

hey, i was thinking about serving in the military for two years and going to college for my associates. How much money would I make as a cop?

By anon59113 — On Jan 06, 2010

I'm 15 years old, and i was wondering how fit i would need to be, before i became a police officer, when i am old enough.

Are there any certain things that you have to do? Or, are there any things that you aren't allowed to do? I would like a discussion on this, considering that becoming a police officer when i am older, interests me.

Please give me some ideas towards being a police officer. By the way, i am a girl. please post me back. Thank you.

By anon58846 — On Jan 04, 2010

If you are not a citizen of the us, is there a possibility to become a police officer? Even if he/she speaks english perfectly?

By anon58348 — On Jan 01, 2010

Hey, I'm a 16 year old from Australia. I was wondering, would it be possible to join the ranks in the US?

I know I would need a Work Visa, but

A: How old do I have to be to apply for one, and B: would I be able to do my education etc. here, and enter the US as a certified police officer?

By anon58269 — On Dec 31, 2009

If you are half blind in one eye, what is the likelihood of being disqualified?

By anon57722 — On Dec 26, 2009

I am a sophomore in college, and for the past two years i have been studying to become a state cop in illinois. however, i have used marijuana once or twice in the past. I'm not proud of these actions, but with a 3.7 GPA and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in criminal justice, do you think i would have any problem with either the lie detector test or with my degree being acceptable? thank you.

By anon56784 — On Dec 17, 2009

I am in the Air Force, and I think I might go reserve so I can be a civilian police officer.

By anon56666 — On Dec 16, 2009

police officers are the best.

By anon55798 — On Dec 09, 2009

you should consider giving back to the community instead of oppressing it.

By anon55762 — On Dec 09, 2009

today i found out that am going to be a member of the police.

By anon55665 — On Dec 08, 2009

i am gopal. i need police officer work. now i am completing higher secondary exams. what are the qualifications?

By anon55090 — On Dec 04, 2009

A DUI is a misdemeanor and will usually not disqualify you from the job. More than one DUI will usually disqualify you.

By anon54780 — On Dec 02, 2009

how many years as a cop must you do to get into a s.w.a.t. unit?

By anon54600 — On Dec 01, 2009

if you are between the ages of 14 and 21, the police explorer program is the best ting out there. it really shows you if you want to be a cop or not.

I have been involved in it for a long time and my dad has taught it since 1986. recently our program was ranked number one by the national police chiefs association.

so i encourage you to call your local police department to get involved.

By anon54597 — On Dec 01, 2009

I am going to try and become a police officer. it has been my dream since i was 8 and i have my aunt to thank for that. she taught me everything i know about the police force and now that i am 16, i am going out for an apprenticeship under my aunt most likely.

By anon53930 — On Nov 25, 2009

I have to take my options this year and i want to be a police officer, but i don't know what options to take to be a police officer. i was wondering if anyone could help me.

By anon53552 — On Nov 22, 2009

I'm going on eight years as a police officer in Wichita, Kansas and want to say that most officers tell you to get an education in something other than criminal justice, because if that's all you have and you get injured on the job to the point you can no longer do it. What are you going to be able to do with a CJ?

By anon53500 — On Nov 22, 2009

I want to become a police officer. that was my dream, but it seems that i can't do it now, i think, because i got arrested once and only one time in my life. Now im about to finish my parole, so i don't know if i can still become a police officer, and i'm just a resident, not citizen yet. can you guys help me out here? thanks

By anon53213 — On Nov 19, 2009

Are you people serious?

By anon53112 — On Nov 18, 2009

If you are a teenager join an explorers program. You just call the agency you wish to become some day and ask about it. It looks good on a resume and you gain a lot of important information.

Yes, the military is always looked highly upon. Most law enforcement officers are prior military without a degree. Any felony is a disqualification.

By anon52250 — On Nov 12, 2009

well i always wanted to become a police officer my whole life. like when i was i a little girl, we played cops and robbers and i always wanted to be the cop, so like yeah my whole life. well i am a junior in school so i'm getting pretty close!

By anon52224 — On Nov 12, 2009

i am an 18 year old female and i'm now attending college getting my associates in criminal justice. what can i do now to get a head start on becoming a police officer?

By anon52160 — On Nov 11, 2009

Why does everybody in here post their age? You don't need people knowing your age on here. As far as all of the questions being asked, read the article! It tells you everything.

If you're still lost then contact your local police department and ask them. They would be able to help you out more than anybody on here. The police also offer a ride along program where you would ride with a police officer for a day or so to see what it's like to be in their shoes. Again contact your local PD to see if they offer something like that. Therr might be an age limit so all of you under 18 years old might have to wait.

By anon51699 — On Nov 08, 2009

hi im 13 and i'd like to become a police officer. what subjects do i take?

By anon51694 — On Nov 08, 2009

my name is scott. all my life i wanted to become a cop. i'm 21. i'm tired of seeing the crimes on the streets. i want to help fight crime. i live next to a police department. i need to know what all i have to do to join the polices force

By anon51626 — On Nov 07, 2009

Can you become a police officer if you have a shoplifting charge?

By anon50999 — On Nov 02, 2009

Dui will automatically exempt you from ataining a spot on the force. Also dui s are not mistimenors they are felonies.

By anon50654 — On Oct 30, 2009

do i have to go through school to become a police officer?

By anon50624 — On Oct 30, 2009

what classes are involved in becoming a police officer?

By anon50612 — On Oct 30, 2009

i'm 14 years old and all i have ever wanted to do was be on the police force, but what are the school guides you need for it? i would love to be in the mounted police force. i have being riding since i was three years old and everyone says that i would make a great cop! thanks heaps. Zoe

By anon50448 — On Oct 28, 2009

I am currently in a PSA class (Public Safety Academy). I am a junior in Cali. I was wondering if after high school i can become a police officer in Mexico right after school.

By anon50241 — On Oct 27, 2009

Is 39 too old to join the police force?

By brenton18 — On Oct 26, 2009

I recently did a ride-along with my local police department. After this ride-along I found out that I really want to become a police officer. I am only 18 years old, soon to be 19. is there anything I can do to better prepare myself for becoming an officer? Can I go through the police academy so I would be ready to become an officer when I turn 21?

By anon49859 — On Oct 23, 2009

I'm 14 and i have been dreaming of becoming a police officer ever since i was elementary school and i'm never letting that dream go away and i mean it. --Deondre14

By anon49447 — On Oct 20, 2009

i'm 17 years old and i want to become a police officer but my question is can i start any programs now to begin my journey early? i am very interested in becoming a police officer and would like to see what it's really like to be on the police force.

By anon49403 — On Oct 20, 2009

hey i am an 18 year old girl and a senior in high school and i was woundering if i can do police academy

By anon49326 — On Oct 19, 2009

i'm 17 years old and i want to be a cop when i grow up. i smoke pot but I'll stop when i turn 18. i plan smoking on my eighteenth birthday then quitting. will i still be able to be a cop. or should i quit the day before i turn 18? Please answer quick. i turn 18 in a couple of days.

By anon49118 — On Oct 17, 2009

i'm 24 and have been in the Army for four years, served twice in iraq/afghanistan and I wanted to know if military service excludes the need for college or is it still mandatory to receive a degree? Sgt Micheal Church

By anon49056 — On Oct 17, 2009

never give up.

By anon49055 — On Oct 17, 2009

That my friend is not true. private security does help help on your way to become a police officer, as I have numerous family members who are cops and I am heading to become a deputy really soon. First of all, you need to fix or work on fixing your credit. most law enforcement agencies are very strict on credit, even if it's not a high score or low as long as you show you're paying it, it shows a good character line in their eyes. Going to school in a community college is what I highly recommend. Don't go to a fancy private college, because it is not respected by major police agencies and you just wasted a good two to four years of school. Also something very important: do not lie. be completely honest on everything they ask you. if they ask why you owe this and that, tell the truth. debt, if times were rough explain that, if you tried let them know. don't say "oh i just didn't have the time to pay it." respond with something like "I was in such a bad place in my life. I didn't have a job, was looking hard and my luck wasn't there so I couldn't pay, but since I am making money now working now I make payments." only if that is the real case, though. remember they will find out. And back to the security response, private security does give you a better chance of landing a police job then just having a criminal justice degree, also military experience helps out a lot, big time. Good luck all, and remember never give up! my motto is, "When you give up on your dreams, you're already dead." For those of you wanting to be a police officer. Go to school. Specifically in the Criminal Justice law enforcement major. For those of you who believe that 'military training' or 'private security' experience is going to give you the edge, it isn't. The main thing they look at is education. If you don't have 60 college credits, they're going to turn you down. It's a very competitive career, and those who will be interviewing you during the hiring process will be quick to dismiss you from their list of candidates when they ask 'What's the level of your education?' and you say 'High school.' I enrolled in a two-year technical college. I have four months until I receive my degree in the applied science of criminal justice law enforcement. The chances of you getting into the law enforcement field without a degree are within the single digit percentile. It's a prerequisite for almost every department. However there is one other option, but it takes a lot of ambition and enthusiasm on your own part. Do community work, see if you can join some community centers, develop rapport within your town or city, join a criminal justice association club, buy their t-shirts, be a nerd about it. Go for ride-alongs with squad patrol officers, ask them questions, you can even walk down to your local police department and if they're not busy; interview them. Make a thing of it - bring a notebook and a pen, jot down some notes or something. Make friends in that area, have them refer you to other sources. And maybe then if you show that you're a pretty penny, they'll flag you into the academy to have you 'certifiable.' This is not the same thing as a 'certified officer.' All this means is that you went through the 520 hours of basic training, took some core classes, and passed all the state required tests. Making you 'certifiable' a.k.a. 'okay we might think about hiring this kid as a junior officer' Or. 'reimburse or pay for his 60 credits.' This career is about honor, not money. You start at 40 grand a year in most departments. But that's if you can get in. They aren't going to hire any guy who's experienced with 'guns' or 'eliminating threats.' These guys are pretty much 'go to guys.' You need directions, a baby's trapped in a burning car, there's a chemical spill, some guy just mugged an old lady, old man is griping about his neighbor's dog, domestic disturbance (which is the one call that officers are most likely to encounter fatality, surprisingly), kids starting trouble and need a good talking to, bank robbers with fully automatic weapons have taken hostages and your wife is in the building; first responder on the scene. These dudes *need* to be sharp. Most of the old guys are grandfathered in, either they knew someone or they somehow skipped a few important chapters in the 'what an officer should be' area. Want to be a cop? You need to learn some things first. Enroll, learn, and drive at it.

By anon48571 — On Oct 13, 2009

Hello my name is Amber. I'm 21 years old. I'm looking into becoming a police officer. I was just wondering to go through the college and training and everything else. How long would it take for me to become a police officer?

By anon48449 — On Oct 12, 2009

How would I became a S.W.A.T member after I've been a patrol cop for three years?

By anon48011 — On Oct 08, 2009

Im twenty and i want to be a police officer. what do i have to start off doing to become one? i wanted to volunteer but who do i talk to? and i live in Australia NSW Sydney. cheers

By anon47530 — On Oct 05, 2009

i'm a senior in high school and decided to become a police officer. what do i do next when i graduate? i heard i don't need a bachelors degree -- is it true? where do i go to sign up for the academy?

By anon47198 — On Oct 02, 2009

I want to be a police officer and was wondering, how hard is it to be a police officer? Thank you very much.

By anon47192 — On Oct 02, 2009

Hi my name is shandrea batson i am 17 years old and i would like to be a police officer.

By anon47188 — On Oct 02, 2009

what does it take to be a cop? i'm not an american citizen. i was born in mexico. i came to the u.s. when i was 5 and i have a clean record. thank you.

By anon46893 — On Sep 29, 2009

I am a female sophomore in high school with a clean record, and plans for continuing education. I am a legal US citizen and I was hoping to become a police officer in the SPCA. What are some additional requirements and any advice anyone has to give is also extremely helpful. Thanks!

By anon46821 — On Sep 29, 2009

my name is tyrell and i live in yukon oklahoma. my goal in life is to be a well paid police officer. i am a sophpmore in high school and play varsity football and basketball. i got caught stealing a dang car freshener. can i still be a police officer?

By anon46785 — On Sep 28, 2009

Hi, how long does it take to become a detective?

By anon46610 — On Sep 27, 2009

i am currently 17 years old and i want to be a narc. i was born in Mexico and brought to the us when i was 15 days old! it sucks not to be a citizen. i think i deserve to be a citizen. who can i talk to? i have proof of living here for that long. i am currently a junior in high school. i graduated from middle school and about to graduate from high school. I want to be a DEA agent. i need help. i have good grades and i have brothers and sisters that are all citizens but they're younger. i live in california.

By anon46322 — On Sep 24, 2009

I'm Cassandra. I go to a tech campus and I'm taking criminal justice. I suck at concentrating in this class.

By anon46160 — On Sep 23, 2009

Hi my name is joevonta. And i'm 18 and my dream is always to become a police officer. I love school and i'm really smart. i will go to college. i don't care if it takes me millions of years.

By anon46146 — On Sep 23, 2009

okay so if i wanted to become a state cop, would I go to school for criminology or something else?

By anon45808 — On Sep 20, 2009

hi. well my dream has always been to be a cop. how do i start? im 19 and straight out of high school.

By anon45767 — On Sep 20, 2009

You definitely need good credit, and to have a strong mind. Most of all, do not lie to them. they will find out and you will lose your chance of glory.

By anon45420 — On Sep 16, 2009

Hi i'm from ireland and i hold a dregee in law with business and i would like to know how could i, if at all, become a cop in the usa?

By anon44724 — On Sep 10, 2009

i really want to become a police officer but i don't know if i can if my family has a criminal record.

By anon44603 — On Sep 09, 2009

i want to be a cop.

By anon44459 — On Sep 08, 2009

what qualifications do i need to become a police officer?

By anon44080 — On Sep 04, 2009

hello my name is victorrie. i am 17 and i would love to be a police officer. it's always been a dream and i am going ti make it and reach my goal. And I had two minor fight charges. is it possible if i can become a police officer? yes i am still in school and after that here comes college.

By anon43898 — On Sep 02, 2009

My 17 year old daughter has dreamed of being a police officer since she was 5. She is a hepatitis B carrier but is in great health,and is wondering if this will disqualify her. She will be crushed if this is the case.

By anon43810 — On Sep 01, 2009

Hi i'm 17 and i want to become a police officer. i'm in school now and that's going to be my next step after school.

By anon43588 — On Aug 30, 2009

Hey I am 15 years old and later in life I want to be a police officer. any advice for what classes i should be taking for a better understanding? -Stephanie

By anon43505 — On Aug 29, 2009

i have two minor dui's when i was 18, both within six months. is there any chance of me ever becoming a police officer?

By anon42967 — On Aug 24, 2009

Im 17 years old and i have done marijuana. i just barely stoping using. i want to be able to become a police officer and i want to know if this will be a problem for me joining?

By anon42887 — On Aug 24, 2009

i am a police office in nigeria. i want to become a police office in the us. the nigeria government is bad and corrupt, so what do i do to be a police office in the us? thanks, Rapheal

By anon42832 — On Aug 24, 2009

I'm 19 years old and i have always wanted my job to be physical but never knew what. when i graduated from high school i decided that i wanted to become a police officer and now i'm working on my bachelors degree in criminal justice at Greensburg community college and i have never been more excited in my *life*!

By anon42772 — On Aug 23, 2009

Re: Question 108. I would go into the police force as soon as you can get accepted and take criminal justice classes part time while an officer. By the time you are ready to move into an higher position (maybe 4 years) within the department you will have already had the life experience (which is the best experience) and several courses or even a degree under your belt to help you qualify. Going to college first and then becoming a cop will take more years (precious in this field). I'm already 37 and I can't believe how fast the years have gone by. If you focus on your goal and work hard there's no limit to what you can accomplish. Forget the military. They tell you where you live, eat and breathe. You have no choices. Once you sign up with them you will be theirs for life.

By philldick — On Aug 23, 2009

I'm Brazilian age 17 years, and I intend to move to the U.S. soon and would like to work in American police want to know what it takes for a foreigner entering the U.S. police?

By anon42634 — On Aug 22, 2009

im 19 years old and im in the process of getting in a community college where they offer a associates in criminal justice, now would this help me in the hiring process.

By anon42378 — On Aug 20, 2009

I am fifteen years old and I have decided to become a cop. And I plan on giving this my whole 100 percent. But I want to know where to start?

By anon41685 — On Aug 16, 2009

I have seen in the past year here where I live in Ohio that police departments are taking in people with just a high school diploma and then training them. Of course you still have to have a clean record and background. The police departments are now getting grant money from the government to put people through training. So now you don't have to go to college before hand because now people with a high school diploma have just as good a chance to become a police officer as someone who went through college.

By anon41264 — On Aug 13, 2009

I am 16 years old and I really want to be a police officer, but i have a hearing aid. i can hear almost as a normal person would hear. would i still get the job if i applied for it?

By anon41178 — On Aug 13, 2009

if you got a dui you need to clear your record up and then get to college and start your career!

By anon41101 — On Aug 12, 2009

Hey, i am a 13-year-old female. i was wondering what college degrees i need. i only want to be a police officer in Cairns, and i want to join up ASAP.

By anon40029 — On Aug 05, 2009

I was accepted as an sworn officer for my Township as of May 2009.

By anon39938 — On Aug 05, 2009

For those of you wanting to be a police officer.

Go to school. Specifically in the Criminal Justice law enforcement major.

For those of you who believe that 'military training' or 'private security' experience is going to give you the edge, it isn't.

The main thing they look at is education. If you don't have 60 college credits, they're going to turn you down. It's a very competitive career, and those who will be interviewing you during the hiring process will be quick to dismiss you from their list of candidates when they ask 'What's the level of your education?' and you say 'High school.'

I enrolled in a 2 year technical college. I have 4 months until I receive my degree in the applied science of criminal justice law enforcement.

The chances of you getting into the law enforcement field without a degree are within the single digit percentile. It's a prerequisite for almost every department.

However there is one other option, but it takes a lot of ambition and enthusiasm on your own part. Do community work, see if you can join some community centers, develop rapport within your town or city, join a criminal justice association club, buy their t-shirts, be a nerd about it. Go for ride-alongs with squad patrol officers, ask them questions, you can even walk down to your local police department and if they're not busy; interview them. Make a thing of it - bring a notebook and a pen, jot down some notes or something. Make friends in that area, have them refer you to other sources. And maybe then if you show that you're a pretty penny, they'll flag you into the academy to have you 'certifiable.' This is not the same thing as a 'certified officer.' All this means is that you went through the 520 hours of basic training, took some core classes, and passed all the state required tests. Making you 'certifiable' a.k.a. 'okay we might think about hiring this kid as a junior officer' Or. 'reimburse or pay for his 60 credits.'

This career is about honor, not money. You start at 40 grand a year in most departments. But that's if you can get in. They aren't going to hire any guy who's experienced with 'guns' or 'eliminating threats.' These guys are pretty much 'go to guys.' You need directions, a baby's trapped in a burning car, there's a chemical spill, some guy just mugged an old lady, old man is griping about his neighbor's dog, domestic disturbance (which is the one call that officers are most likely to encounter fatality, surprisingly), kids starting trouble and need a good talking to, bank robbers with fully automatic weapons have taken hostages and your wife is in the building; first responder on the scene. These dudes *need* to be sharp. Most of the old guys are grandfathered in, either they knew someone or they some how skipped a few important chapters in the 'what an officer should be' area.

Want to be a cop? You need to learn some things first. Enroll, learn, and drive at it.

By anon39704 — On Aug 03, 2009

i'm only 14 years old and i want to become a police officer but i don't know where to start. any advice?

By anon39141 — On Jul 30, 2009

My name is lanisha and for many years i always wanted to be a police officer and for an offer like that i can't turn it down. i'm only 16 years old even though my eyesight isn't that good. i think i have what it takes. They didn't make glasses for no reason. Just kidding. i'm looking forward to become a jersey city police officer.

By goblue09 — On Jul 28, 2009

I am 20 years old, no criminal record and starting my Associates in Criminal Justice next month. I am wondering what i need to do to get started with becoming a police officer. Also i am in the army reserves. does this help come application time? Any information would be helpful. Thanks

By Sindri — On Jul 28, 2009

Hey, I'm a 15 year old male. I have no record and I don't live in the United States. But my dream was being a police officer there. Anyone know if i still can? I live in Iceland, but i need to know if i can still be a police officer in the United States. And do you need to complete college to become a police officer?

By anon38720 — On Jul 28, 2009

hello, i am a 36 year old female with no criminal record, an excellent driving record, but my credit is not that great. my thing is i'm attending college working towards my aa in crimminal justice. it will take me two years to complete, plus i want to transfer to a four-year college to finish up my degree. i will apply after my two years of school which will make me 38 years old. will they hire me or will i be too old? i want to be a homicide detective. need answers soon.

By anon38352 — On Jul 25, 2009

how much do cops make in CA? -Jack @ how to become a police officer.

By anon38316 — On Jul 25, 2009

Hi all, I am a 23 years of age, a recent college graduate and I got arrested for DWI when I was 19. (March 2005). I completed all of the necessary probation requirements to receive a PBJ (probation before judgment). I have documentation showing that the charge was dismissed. I applied recently to become a police officer and told my investigator up front about my arrest and she assured me I was fine. She then began my background check and called me and said my background came back fine and I made it through to the next phase of the physical and psycological exam. I then received an email about two weeks later saying I had been disqualified because of my DWI charge in March of 2005. She then recommended I apply again in 2010. What is this 5 year mark I keep hearing about? I can't find any answers online regarding it? And what was the point of me getting probation if it's going to haunt me for the rest of my life?

By anon37933 — On Jul 22, 2009

do you have to be a born citizen to become a police officer in the united states?

By anon37789 — On Jul 21, 2009

OK i am 16 years old and i've been in trouble with the law a few times and i am considered a felon now. could i still become a policeman?

By anon36895 — On Jul 15, 2009

i was arrested once for orderly misconduct. that was 5 years ago. i was in the county jail for 4 days. it was the first and last time i got arrested. im in college now, can i still be a police officer?

By anon36803 — On Jul 14, 2009

i am 36. am I too old and I have very bad credit. will that be a problem

By anon36745 — On Jul 14, 2009

- anon36426

Once you reach High School, ask your guidance counselor to show you what classes to take which will provide a strong foundation for this career. Ex. Criminal Justice, Forensics, etc..

- anon36510

Looks to me like VCE is mandatory, and about VCAL, that is like a literacy test, so as long as you know English well you should be fine.

After reading all these questions... it amazed me that people have the same question: If they are ineligible for this career, mostly due to a minor offense during their youth years. Can't you just read the question and not re-post it?

If i had admin rights to this mini blog/forum, I'd delete all the questions which are practically the same.

OK since i got that off my chest, here is my question.

Background info:I'm 16 years old, I'm a captain of my high school's lacrosse team(we are number 1 in our region), my record is clean(no drugs, no arrests, nothing...), I have an A-/A average for all my classes(I just finished my sophomore year)

I'm 5'11, and weigh 160 lbs.(perfect physical condition, I have 5% body fat)

So here are my questions:

Q: After obtaining my HS diploma, should I go to college and receive a Bachelors in Criminal Justice?


Q2: Go to the military(army) as soon as i finish HS and work as a MP(Military Police)?


(I don't know if this is possible, but... here it is.)

As soon as i finish HS, go in the army and join the MPs, and take an online course to get some kind of degree?

I would greatly appreciate an answer from a person who has experience in this field.

By anon36510 — On Jul 13, 2009

Do you need a VCE Pass to become a police officer, or can you have a VCAL Pass?

By anon36426 — On Jul 12, 2009

i am 13 and i want to be in law enforcement, but i don't know what i will have to do to become one.

By anon36127 — On Jul 10, 2009

i'm in the the forces and coming out of the army and i want to join the the german police. how do i go about it and can i join

By anon35961 — On Jul 08, 2009

do you have to go to college?.......also the background check what does it test you on?

By anon35809 — On Jul 07, 2009

even if i have done one type of drug in the past and its not on my record can that stop me from becoming a police officer?

By anon35688 — On Jul 07, 2009

I am 18 years old i'm about 5"2 and weight about 95 pounds will my size stop me from being a police officer

By anon35518 — On Jul 05, 2009

hi there!

im 18 years old. im curently attending college and im majoring in criminal justice. i can speak 2 language, english and spanish and im studying french. however, im not a us citizen, im a permanent residnent. i just want to know if it would be an imconvenience for my goals

By den2001 — On Jun 25, 2009

My husband is European but is a permanent resident of the US. He was dishonorably discharged from the military in his country ten years ago, because of a few things on his criminal record in that country like petty theft and he got arrested for a street fight, he only had to pay some fines, no jail time. Anyway this was all about ten years ago, will this prevent him from becoming a sheriff/police officer here in the US? Before he was discharged he did extraordinary work in the military (special forces) and has a lot of experience that will make him a great asset in the police force, he just did stupid and regretful things as a young man. He applied for a few departments but did not mention his criminal record or discharge on the applications because he assumed the background check would be a US background check, not in his country of origin. He has a concealed weapons license in many US states, and that's why he assumed the background check in Europe is not done. The problem now is does he fess up to these things at the interview he was called for next month or just hope it won't show up? Obviously he feels he should be honest but he doesn't want this to deter them from hiring him as despite his past, he knows he made stupid mistakes but knows he'd be a great officer. Any advice?

By moonknight20 — On Jun 25, 2009

I am 21 years old and i just recently got my High School diploma. Would just getting my diploma on time keep me from being able to be one. I didn't get it on time because of medical reasons.

By anon34574 — On Jun 24, 2009

i'm 14 i got a fine for trespassing and i'm kind of naughty at school does that mean i can't be a police-officer

By anon33085 — On Jun 01, 2009

I'm going to be 18 soon and I'm thinking of applying for the police service. At the moment I'm doing a public service course which I will gain a diploma at the end of the year. Within the course I learn a lot about police, the tests required, what you need to pass etc.

1)Do you think that I have an advantage of becoming a police officer because of my diploma?

2)What is your advice to me before I apply and what preparation should I do so that I definitely pass as it is my dream to pursue a career in policing.

By anon32358 — On May 20, 2009

Well, my name is Megan. I am only 14, but ever since i was little i always wanted to be a police officer. I do good in school, and never really had a lot of encounters with the police. But everyone laughs when i say i want to become one because i'm too girly. When really, i'm not. hha. I'm excited though.

By anon32291 — On May 19, 2009

no you have to be a resident and the accent doesn't matter as long as you pass the English test.

By southernbell — On May 14, 2009

I am only 14 and I am set on being a police officer.

What do i need to do?

By anon31650 — On May 09, 2009

One must be a us citizen to become a police officer in the U.S.. You can speak English with an accent, but you must pass the English section of the entrance exam.

By anon30323 — On Apr 17, 2009

OK anon 23776 creatine only helps build muscle mass but doesn't help strength, to build your strength take protein it works miracles! to build your endurance go to the gym and run on a treadmill for a little while each day until you can do what you have to. the push ups just keep doing them in your house until you can do about 30 nonstop and surprise them. lol.

By Serg — On Apr 14, 2009

My name is Serg... Basically i came to this country from Russia and i'm still in high school but i'm thinking of becoming a police officer. But here is my problem, i'm not that good in school and i get into trouble kind of sorta a little. Although i speak fluently 2 languages which are Russian and Ukrainian and i can perfectly understand Polish. So here is my question, is this advance of languages that i speak going to help me to be a policeman?

By anon29294 — On Mar 30, 2009

In depends on the state in which you work. In Ohio you *can* have a DWI/DUI, after 5 years and no more than one, *you could* have been charged with *anything* as long there was no convicted. A past probation does *not* DQ you from becoming an officer. It all depends on what it was and how long it's been, etc....

Don't stop trying. If you're a convicted felon, well that pretty much speaks for itself. DV convictions that prevent you from owning a firearm *will* keep you from working as an officer. Hope this helps someone.


Police Officer.

By Syvanna — On Mar 25, 2009

I was wondering if there was a way I could get in the police academy while working on getting my associates/bachelors degree in law enforcement? Or do I have to do one before the other like a step by step process?

By anon28865 — On Mar 23, 2009

What do I need to do to become a drug detective?

By jennifer0853 — On Mar 16, 2009

I'm highly interested in becoming a police officer and I'm taking classes in high school to help me achieve this goal and plan on doing so in college. I haven't noticed a lot of females that are either police officers or a sheriff deputies around my area. Do males have a higher chance of getting a job as a cop then females do?

By anon28281 — On Mar 13, 2009

Hey, I'm a Freshman at a Catholic liberal arts College in New Hampshire, but live in MA and want to become a police officer for my town. I'm not a CJ major yet but I'm about to change. What are the policies of most academies involving alcohol? If I've been underage drinking within 2 years of applying, will they reject me? And by the time I join I'll be 21, so is drinking okay then?

By anon27586 — On Mar 02, 2009

I have passed everything on my way to becoming an officer, but failed to pass my Phsych Evaluation. I was told that it looks like I am 'trying to paint a good picture' of myself. The Dr is letting me re-take the test.

I was completely honest on the test.

Any advice?

By Papi35 — On Feb 27, 2009

Hey i'm a 16 year teenage boy that goes to high school and i was wondering if their were classes i have to take to become a police officer or if their are classes that i can take to become a police officer? I have got in 1 fight my whole entire life in school does that affect my chances of becoming a police officer?

By anon27063 — On Feb 23, 2009

i have been on probation for theft by deception and i am still eligible to be a police officer

By anon27021 — On Feb 22, 2009

My name is Joshua,

I am 21 years old, Currently Clean. Have absolutely nothing against me.

I lived in Germany so many years though. I have a German HS Diploma.

"Is a German HS Diploma equivalent to an US HS Diploma?"

In Germany non the less you get that taught in 9 Years they have. Us its like 12-14 Years I do believe.

By anon26473 — On Feb 14, 2009

Do financial backgrounds have any effect on one's eligibility? I have never been convicted of a felony nor do I have any traffic violations. Ive never been in any trouble but I do have student loans and such from college. Would any type of financial matter bar me from becoming a police officer?

By anon26273 — On Feb 10, 2009

Viper20, no it is not an automatic disqualification, but it depends on what you are on probation for. Now, not having your high school diploma or equivalent be it GED, will go a long way. Since you were told you could never own a firearm, that may be your killer right there. Not being able to own a firearm is the same as never being able to carry a firearm. I recommend, if you are seriously interested in pursuing law enforcement, that you look into having your record expunged, but that is only if it was a minor offense. But once again, seeing as how you were told you could never own a firearm I am guessing it was a major offense. To anyone that asked about marijuana, *no that does not make you ineligible*, be truthful in the interview and the lie detector.

It is good to see so many people interested in Law Enforcement. Keep your nose out of trouble and you will be just fine.

By amallik — On Feb 08, 2009

Hello, I am a 28 year old female who has wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.

I took the exam about 2 1/2 years ago. I passed yet had bankruptcy. My bankruptcy has been dissolved in 2004 and would like to continue pursuing a career in law enforcement. I have my high school diploma, but i don't have a criminal justice degree. Will this prevent me from pursuing a career in law enforcement?

Where do i start? Can i apply for a career in law enforcement in another state other than where i live?

By viper20 — On Jan 24, 2009

I don't know if this question was already posted if so I'm sorry for the re-post, I want to become a Police Officer but i never graduated high school, and i am currently on Probation is this an automatic disqualification? If so does it include all states?, After my Probation is over am i eligible?, Because when i was placed on probation the judge told me I can never own a firearm? Any info would greatly help, thanks!!

By anon25009 — On Jan 22, 2009

hi sir, my name is vahid i am 20 years old and i am studying in united states. i am on f 1 visa and my dream is to become a police officer in united state of america and serve the humanity. It is possible that i can joint police academy??

By anon24394 — On Jan 12, 2009

here is something about being a police officer.

If at ANY time you went to Probation or Community Supervision for any reason that is an automatic disqualification, you can never become a police officer. If you are an illegal alien you cannot become a police officer. Also If you have a DUI, DWI, Unlawful carrying of a weapon and any Assault that is also a bar. Lufkin Police Officer.

Lufkin, Texas

By hilary6842 — On Jan 11, 2009

hi! i am from greece, i am 17 years old and i desperately want to become a police officer but in usa! does the height matters? i mean, i am only 1,67 cm ..can someone tell me what i should do in order to become a police officer in usa? if i come to usa what i should do next? please, someone help me! oh, and the police academies are for free? i mean do we have to pay?

By sinead — On Jan 05, 2009

i want to know if i can become a police officer i was born and lived in england until i was 8 but then moved to ireland, we moved beck over to england during the summer does this matter as i am 18 i would like to apply now and start my training i am fit and haven't got a criminal record am 5'7. so does anything stop me from applying ?

By anon23776 — On Jan 02, 2009

Curious: two part question

24YOM No record, high school graduate, history with Fire department, 911, and EMS! I've taken 2 civil service exams with two separate agencies, failed one passed the other. The second department sent me for POPS (the physical agility test) but I missed one portion of the test by just a few seconds. I'm trying to get into shape for a retake. Our state requires 18week course in the academy. But I'm just not making any progress in my physical abilities. I'm having trouble with adding speed and endurance to my running, and my pushups! I need to make a 300 meter in 65 seconds, and a 1.5 mile run in 17 min and 12 secs. Also the pushups require 20 consecutive with out stopping. I'm a bigger boy about 6'3 265lbs. What can I do physically? I've considered creatine to help me but I don't want to hurt myself.

2nd part-

I also have a history of depression as a teenager like 15 years old and to this day have problems with anxiety! I take medication that keeps me pretty regular, but will that hurt me in the psychological test? I haven't made it that far in testing process yet and I'm concerned that will pull the plug on me- also they do a background check which legally I know I'm fine- 1 ticket for speeding under 18 years old, but what about bills. I have a lot of medical bills against me! Will those medical bills kill me?

Please help, I want nothing more than to serve my community as a police officer, and do something I and my children can be proud of!


also curious in the State of Kentucky, can you become a police officer without going through the police academy? and in Kentucky do you have to be sent to the police academy by an agency? or can you go on your own in KY?

By anon23287 — On Dec 20, 2008

Okay so if you're not out of High school yet you really can't do much accept for HS internships but for you who are wanting to pursue this at a young age you will have to wait till your out of high school 18 or older and go to a college who offers crim. Justice Graduate out of you associate's degree but most departments and states REQUIRE you to have a Bachelors degree in "Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) with a concentration in Law Enforcement" Which is what I had to do and most of us had to do to become in law enforcement im 30 years old took me just 4 years of college to get into the career I dreamed of. Just stay out of trouble kids and you might have a chance to pursue your dream also.

By Tracyalf78 — On Dec 19, 2008

Im 30 years old and I'm thinking of become a police officer. I got a DWI 4 years ago, does this disqualify me from becoming a cop.

By dannie222 — On Dec 11, 2008

hi im 16 and a girl and i want to join the militray police i didn't do my gcse would i still be able to join

By anon22838 — On Dec 11, 2008

im 16 i want to join the militray police but i didn't do my gcse can i still go in to be a militry police

By anon22509 — On Dec 05, 2008

I don't think an accent will make you ineligible to be a police officer. Of course, it matters if your speech is extremely unclear. Otherwise, it shouldn't matter.

By anon21920 — On Nov 24, 2008

I am 18 and i've always wanted to become a cop. However i am a girl which i know doesn't matter but i am only 4'9 as of height i am short. can i still make it? I am planning to take my G.E.D because i did not continue my senior year and i am willing to take as much training as possible to become a cop. I play a lot of sports and i love to work out also i am very healthy i think i can make it but i am too short can some one give me feedback?

By anon21399 — On Nov 15, 2008

Hey I m 25.. I m looking to go into a career in law enforcement. I m awaiting 2 charges for DUI's will I be disqualified in looking into this field?

By anon20683 — On Nov 04, 2008

Being a police officer has always been my dream, but shortly after i turned 18 i got a possession of controlled substance fine because i got busted with marijuana but was not arrested... How bad would that hurt my chances of becoming a police officer?

By anon20329 — On Oct 29, 2008

I am 15 and have wanted to become a police officer since I was 7, I have been looking around various sites to see how I could take my first steps in becoming a police officer and have found most of which on this site but I am still unsure about where to go in order to start these courses ans whether or not I can get to that specific area as my family has no car and so no real means of transportation so it would have to be relatively close by. Also regarding the qualifications required higher school means GCSE's does it not? and would A levels then be enough instead of a Bachelors degree?

By anon19537 — On Oct 14, 2008

i am doing a research project on becoming a police officer. it is my understanding that if you were convicted of a felony that you are not allowed to be a law enforcement officer.

By anon19386 — On Oct 11, 2008

A lot of you have worries about smoking pot or trying drugs in your teenage years, like it was said before some departments have loosened up on it but if you used for a long extended amount of time you are unlikely to get hired. Cops deal with and handle a lot of drugs on busts and under circumstances and having a background heavily coated with drugs is not going to get you far in this field. However experimenting with it once or twice a while back isn't going to be such a big deal. If its your dream to be a cop don't let past mistakes get in the way, make sure your acts clean up prepare yourself physically and mentally and pursue the field of Law Enforcement. good luck.

By anon19121 — On Oct 06, 2008

I'm 19 and a Marine Reservist I also go to school is it possible for me to get a job as a police officer and if so where do I go for police academy and how would I go about applying for a job at different police stations

By anon18651 — On Sep 27, 2008

Posted by: anon13171

I'm 15 and I've done coke a few times will that disqualify me later if i apply for a job and tell them about that?

you're 15 and have done coke a few times, I think what you should do before even trying to become a police officer is go to rehab and get your life straight, no one is going to want a little kid that is doing drugs like coke

By anon18464 — On Sep 23, 2008

For all of the people who want to find out how to get involved in the police department. There is a program that is called Police Explorer which most of police departments offer. The police explorers is for 14 to 20 year olds, who want a first hand look on police work. There is much more about this program, but I don't have the time to tell you. Check it out at your local police department, you understand me.

By anon16932 — On Aug 18, 2008

For People with criminal records....Long story short I was 16 years old and got charged and convicted with Intent to distribute Class D. After that arrest i decided to turn my life around.(which i did a great job at that) however i am now 20 years old with that record completely cleared up. I have since gone to school to receive my EMT- Basic certificate and would have liked to take a course to become a paramedic. Four years later emt certified and looking for a job. Ive applied at literally 10 private EMT companies who have since turned me down due to that one mistake. One of which company my brother is an EMT at. So i decided i would take a paramedic course and let the time weigh out a little bit. Come to find out im unable to take the course because i would be ineligible to take the exam. Honesty isn't always the best policy i guess. and Also don't get your hopes up. You can TRY to convince people you're an honest law abiding citizen but it only gets so far. People aren't even willing to look at you with a past criminal history

By anon16771 — On Aug 14, 2008

A lot of you may wonder if you can still join or if it will affect you, in reality if you tell the truth and your past isn't your present, you might still have a chance. Clean your act up and do work son.

By anon16713 — On Aug 12, 2008

I'm 15, I have a record, a simple assault and 10 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary in the 3rd degree. What can I do to start my dream of being a police officer and SWAT? I work out and stay out of trouble, but what else?

By anon16519 — On Aug 08, 2008

How does one pursue a career as a police officer at the age of 16 and still in high school? I want to start doing as much as I can early I really want to become one, I have a perfect record.

By anon14365 — On Jun 15, 2008

From my understanding, being convicted of felonies and more serious crimes will, certainly make it difficult for you to pursue a career in law enforcement, but not necessarily disqualify you. I believe departments simply want to know that you have changed or are willing to change and no longer commit crimes. They do not want you to be a distraction.

By sjjenkins11 — On Jun 09, 2008

I have 7+ years combat arms experience with deployments to iraq in the military, I am more than capable and qualified to do the job of law enforcement and will be soon, the question is, about 10 years ago i was admitted to psychiatric care following an aspirin overdose. It was an idiotic childhood attempt for attention i suppose but now i am worried it may ruin my dreams of serving my community back home as a police officer. will it? or has it been so long and so petty that it will not be a concern? should i just pretend it never happened? i have a secret clearance so i know its beneath all, but im worried about the lie detector test. thank you

By anon13171 — On May 20, 2008

I'm 15 and I've done coke a few times will that disqualify me later if i apply for a job and tell them about that?

By AirAssault — On May 18, 2008

First off i'm a SGT in the 101st Airborne Div. I've done 2 deployments in Iraq and i'm currently in Afghanistan. My question is being in the military, will that help me become a Police Officer even though I did some drugs when I was younger prior to military?

By anon12628 — On May 11, 2008

I am soon to be a paid on call Fire Fighter, would it be possible to work as a police officer and a Fire FIghter? would this work out?

By amy80 — On May 08, 2008

When I was 18 I was arrested on a warrant for unpaid fine for underage drinking when I was 17.

Also when I was 18 I was arrested for getting in a domestic dispute with my step-father he was also arrested will these arrests affect my chances of becoming a police officer?

By anon12531 — On May 08, 2008

i'm 17, but i would like to work for a police department. i want to be a cop but i know i'm too young right now. is there a job i could get within the system at this age?

By anon11757 — On Apr 22, 2008

I got into trouble before I turned 18 I have no record now, but in my younger days I got some Gang related Tattoo's on my chest and down my body. Will this affect me being able to become a police officer?

By mbk — On Apr 10, 2008

OK so you want to become a police officer? it might help to read my book first. The title is Past the Uniform. it will help. I did 34 years in the most exciting thing you can do dressed career.

Ever wonder what it is like to be on the other side of a 9-1-1 call? Come along for the ride. View the world through the windshield of a patrol unit and behind the yellow tape of crime scenes. Past the Uniform is autobiographical, and for those wishing to enter the exciting, ever-changing and challenging world of law enforcement, it is a fabulous resource. Join a new recruit and his field training officer as they face the joys and frustrations of society as it cries out for help. See life within the hushed society of the police organization. Discover the hurdles facing someone fresh out of the academy. This is an inside look at the human side of being a police officer, past the uniform, the standoffish blue wall of fabric. Roll call is over and we are now ready to patrol.

By anon11205 — On Apr 10, 2008

I have been convicted of habitual truancy in school twice. Ive never been send off or went to a juvenile, or detention center. But i am on probation and have to serve 1 day in a detention center for every day i miss of school until im 18. Will this affect me in being able to become a police officer in any way?

By anon11116 — On Apr 08, 2008

If someone becomes a police officer, (if i'm not mistaken) they ARE supposed to stop people from breaking the law. But if i were to become a police officer, would that mean that i should stop other officers that i see breaking the law? (i.e. speeding, lack of directional, running a stop sign, or red light, etc.)

By anon11092 — On Apr 08, 2008

i've gotten in a few fights in school, will that affect my chances of becoming a police officer?

By anon10273 — On Mar 24, 2008

OK. I've stolen 4 times in my life. Once when I was 7, 3 years ago when I was 19, I stole some beer when i was 20, and I stole a few dollars at work when I was 16. What are my chances of becoming an officer?

By Momz — On Mar 17, 2008

Can you get disqualified if you got in a fight 2 years prior to applying to a P.D. Even if it was self defense and you told the truth about it?

By david102305 — On Mar 12, 2008

If you did not graduate high school is it still possible to become a police officer?

By bigbadboy — On Feb 25, 2008

When i was 12 i got busted for shoplifting and the cops had to come. And when i was 15 i smoked pot a lot and then i stopped. Will that effect me in the future when im applying for a career in policing? Thanks

By anon8787 — On Feb 20, 2008

when i was 16 i was arrested for theft and B&E, my record was kept clean and i did my probation with no problems at all...will this affect me in anyway for becoming a police officer?

By jkoehler707 — On Feb 11, 2008

can i still become a police officer if i have absolutely no training and have not taken any criminal justice classes?

By anon6821 — On Jan 09, 2008

I was really young and stupid and got caught for shoplifting can that affect my chances of becoming a police officer even though it would be my juvenile record?

By olivia — On Jan 04, 2008

when researching the question that many readers posted about previous drinking and drug use, i found that every police department across the nation has slightly different requirements and policies pertaining to this. for the most part, it appears that many departments have loosened up their policies somewhat when it comes to "youthful indiscretions" such as pot smoking and drinking. what is important to note, is that they prefer these to be PAST indiscretions, and not currently ongoing.

so, if you are hoping to join the police force - which is a great aspiration - clean up, and stay that way. you'll increase your chances of getting accepted, starting a great new career, and serving your community!

By anon6616 — On Jan 04, 2008

Hi there!

I'd like to know if since i'm a teenager at the age of 14 & i've smoked pot & drank & never been busted will that affect me in the future?

Thank You Very much for your time

By anon6204 — On Dec 19, 2007

I have had a lot of traffic violations and a couple of accidents; however, I haven't had any tickets or accidents or anything for a while. I still have another year before I finish college, and it will be probably 2-3 years since I've had a ticket at that point. Will my past driving record screw me even though there has been an obvious change in my behavior?

By anon6116 — On Dec 16, 2007

if i have smoked pot for the past 3 years but i have come to the realization that being a cop is something I want to do. Would this kill the idea of me wanting to be a cop?

By anon5966 — On Dec 11, 2007

Duis do not necessarily make you ineligible. it depends on local standards. (DUI are typically misdemeanors)

By anon5458 — On Nov 26, 2007

How about outstanding speeding violations... will that give a person difficulty becoming a police officer?

By anon5231 — On Nov 17, 2007

Hey y'all...I'm seeing that some of you that tried pot once or whatever.... and they ask you if you have ever did drugs, if you just did pot once....don't lie, tell them the truth. I promise you will be OK. In the police work trust is very important......and if you got a dui sorry about your luck sir....

By anon5217 — On Nov 17, 2007

Your Juvenile record cannot be used against you once you're 18. If you were tried as an adult then it can be.

By anon5143 — On Nov 14, 2007

So if you did drugs while you were young can you still become a police officer or does that not matter as long as you can pass a drug test?

By anon4999 — On Nov 08, 2007

Shocked no one answered the first question asked. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BECOME A POLICE OFFICER if you are ILLEGALLY in the United States.

1. Become a U.S. citizen

2. Good on you, for wanting to become a police officer :)

By anon4971 — On Nov 07, 2007

I know this sounds stupid, but I shoplifted some game cards when i was 11 years old. Would that make me ineligible? Please respond.

By anon4853 — On Nov 04, 2007

I tried marijuana once when I was a teenager. I shop lifted once too. I would readily admit to these things in a an interview or lie detector test. Would this make me ineligible?

By anon4602 — On Oct 24, 2007

If I plead guilty to an assault as a young offender, had my record expunged (had no other offenses), served my probation without hiccup, and graduated college, do I still have a chance to be a police officer?

By anon4253 — On Oct 09, 2007

yes...dui will make you ineligible.

By anon3290 — On Aug 21, 2007

if i got a dui 2 years ago will it affect my wanting to be a police officer ???

By anon1252 — On May 22, 2007

if someone can become a police officer without being a resident of the us? and what about if someone talks perfect English but there's a problem? that someone has an accent? thank you very much.

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