Learning How to Become a Cop
There are lots of resources available to check in learning how to become a cop.
Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
1. Go to the local library and check out a police officer exam practice guide. While you are at the library, look for career guides on how to be a cop and on various specialized law enforcement positions.
2. Visit with the local high school guidance counselor and pick up brochures they have on police work and criminal justice programs.
*Peace Officers Association sites of various states
4. You’ll find e-books at several sites that will give you recommended physical training programs and exam questions for passing the police officer entrance exams. Take the practice tests.
5. Visit with police department officers and the recruiters’ office for your local police department.
If you are in high school, attend your career day.
A police recruiter will probably
be present. You can also ask them
how to become a cop.
You can also ask them how to become a cop.
7. Arrange a ride-along with a cop.
8. Volunteer to assist at your local police department; become a community service officer, which is often a volunteer position.
9. Apply for the criminal justice degree program at a local college or university. This is increasingly becoming a requirement for those wanting to go into law enforcement. You can also apply for a criminal justice degree online.
10. Join the military. Military police training will often substitute for all or some of a criminal justice degree program in qualifying a prospective officer for a police career.
11. If hired, make every attempt to do well at the Police Academy.
The most practical part of
learning how to become a cop will be the on the job training that
takes place after the Police Academy. The
rookie will be assigned to a field training officer who will be
responsible for getting the new cop off to a safe start in his or her
The rookie is expected to exactly follow the instructions of this more
experienced mentor officer.
The rookie is expected to exactly follow the instructions of this more experienced mentor officer.
If you want to get on a fast track to a successful career as a police officer, you may want to attend a college criminal justice degree program, either in the classroom or through an online criminal justice degree program.
If you want to advance in that career more quickly, also get a masters degree in criminal justice.