You will have to complete a police academy to be a police officer. You should also complete college first. College is becoming more and more important for police careers. If you get hired with a large department such as a state police department, you will not have to pay. Qualifications vary depending on the department. Below are the minumum requirements for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.
Be a US citizen at the time of application.
Be 21 years of age.
Possess at least 20/100 vision, correctable to 20/30 in both eyes.
Pass a written test.
Pass a medical examination, including a drug-screening test, and being of proportionate height and weight as measured by percentage of body fat.
Pass a psychological examination.
Possess a high moral character for carrying out law enforcement duties.
Possess a valid driver’s license at the time of application.
Have one of the following:
- Successfully completed at least 60 semester hours of college credit — essentially the equivalent of two years of higher education with coursework in any subject matter. Credits from any accredited college or university will be accepted; or
- Served in the Armed Forces of the United States, including the Organized Reserves and National Guard, for at least three years on active duty and, if separated from the military, have received an honorable discharge; or
- Have served at least five years in a full-duty status with a full-service police department in a municipality or a state within the United States, and have resigned or retired in good standing.
Below are the minumum requirements for the Mesa Police Department in Arizona.
Education and Experience: Requires graduation from high school or GED. Completion of college-level courses in criminal justice is desirable.
Age: At least 21 years of age by graduation from Police Academy. No upper age limit.
Vision: As outlined by AZ P.O.S.T., vision is acceptable if it is 20/20 uncorrected or 20/20 or better corrected by glasses. If vision is uncorrected at 20/80 or better, and can be corrected to 20/20 by use of glasses or hard contacts, it is acceptable. If vision is uncorrected at 20/200, it must be corrected to 20/20 with soft contacts. An eye examination by an optometrist of the City's choice will be required prior to appointment. Radial keratotomy may be accepted once visual acuity is stabilized.
License: Must possess an Arizona Class D Driver's License by hire date. No license or registration suspensions within the last 3 years from the date of reinstatement from the suspension.
Citizenship: Applicants must be United States citizens.
Bilingual Skills: (English/Spanish) are highly desirable.
Qualified applicants will not have any felony convictions or a dishonorable discharge from military service. Applicants must meet AZ P.O.S.T. drug standards at the time of testing. For drug standards please check AZ P.O.S.T website at www.azpost.gov. Applicants must have no felony conviction or be under indictment for any felony in any state or jurisdiction. Due to the nature of the position, driving is required to perform the duties of a Police Officer. Factors which could prohibit a candidate from moving forward in the testing process include: loss of license due to driving violation points or two chargeable accidents within the previous 36 months, or a DUI conviction within the previous 36 months.
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