Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw Enforcement & Police · 1 decade ago

how do I become a police officer?

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    sooo... you want to become a PIG!

    To be eligible to take part in the examination process for police patrol officer, you must possess the following qualifications:

    Every applicant for original examination for the uniformed police, in addition to all other applicable requirements of these rules, must, at the time of such examination, be not less than twenty (20) years of age or over thirty-five (35) years of age; provided, however, that in cases where an applicant has had special training or experience in police related work, the Commission may, at its discretion, accept applicants thirty-six (36) years of age or older with one (1) year of increased age allowed for each year of training or experience. The maximum of such age allowance shall be four (4) years. No applicant shall be appointed to the uniformed police until the age of twenty-one (21) years.

    No felony convictions or any disqualifying misdemeanor convictions identified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

    Applicant may not be prohibited by any court action and/or state or federal statute from carrying a firearm.

    High school diploma or equivalent

    You MUST provide documentation showing proof of eligibility with your background packet upon completion of the physical and written testing (e.g. High School diploma, college transcript(s), DD214).

    At time of appointment, a Police Patrol Officer must be a U.S. Citizen and must possess a valid Illinois driver's license. Prior to appointment, eligible applicants must be accepted for membership in the Decatur Police Pension Fund. Generally, applicants must be in good health, be of good moral character and not possess an adverse police record. Applicants should possess physical strength and agility sufficient to handle aggressive situations, be able to work under adverse weather conditions, be able to think and act quickly in emergency situations and possess good general intelligence and emotional stability.

    SPECIAL NOTE** You may be required to maintain physical fitness standards throughout your career. In addition, you may be required to reimburse the City for basic recruit training if you resign within two (2) years following the date of your appointment.

    Any questions or correspondence should be addressed to:

    Decatur Police Department

    Professional Standards Division

    333 S. Franklin St.

    Decatur, Illinois 62523

    (217)424-2743 or

    (217) 424-2740

    E-mail - Sgt. Taylor

    E-mail - Lt. Thomas

  • nilio
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    That's easy. Go to yahoo or google, type in your city, state. Go to your city's website and look for "employment" or "careers".

    You can start out as a cadet. Good way to get in and learn about law enforcement. Eventually they will train you and you will have an opportunity to become a police officer.

    Good Luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    That requires certification by the state. This is done at a police academy, or a technical college.

    Most departments have websites. If you do a search of a department you are interested in, you should find the information on the website.

    Source(s): 16 years law enforcement
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Apply to Recruitment Officer of your preferred Police Forces Headquarters. They will send you a comprehensive application pack. You will then be called in for an Interview. Then if accepted you will be sent on a Physical and medical.

    If you pass that you will be sent to there Police Training College. You have to pass that. Then you have a probationary period lasting two years. You will be asigned a Police station. After passing that period you can apply to be posted to any other Police station in that forces area. Then it all begins.....

    Source(s): Went through it all and was a Police Constable for some considerable years. Did it all and saw all....It really opened your eyes believe me..
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it isn't so easy anymore to become a copy because all it requires is a high school diploma so their is plenty of applications to choose from

    best bet is to get some college behind your or go into the service and have some veteran points behind you

    if you are a woman or a minority that always helps too (this is racism or sexism either it's just fact)

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Go to cop school.

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