Can I go to college to become a police officer instead of the Police Academy?

Well im 13 and ive always wanted to be a police officer. Can I goto college and study law and things and NOT goto the Police Academy or is it required for me to join the Police Academy. If I HAVE to go to the Police Academy what qualifications do I need and Will i have to pay? Im very eager to be a police officer... show more Well im 13 and ive always wanted to be a police officer.
Can I goto college and study law and things and NOT goto the Police Academy or is it required for me to join the Police Academy. If I HAVE to go to the Police Academy what qualifications do I need and Will i have to pay? Im very eager to be a police officer so PLEASE BE VERY DETAILED with your answers. Thanks.
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