Start out in a small town if there's one near you. Talk to the police chief and find out what kind of things you might be required to do, and the decide if it's what you want to do with your life. Then I would recommend that you attend a police academy. You will get physically fit, and you will learn the "ins and outs" of police procedure. You should know that being an officer is a thankless job, more so now than it's been in the last 30 years. You have to be ready to "serve and protect" the public, and very often you will be vilified and put into dangerous situations. My husband worked for the Dallas (TX) P.D. for 35 years. When he started in 1982, officers were still more or less respected members of the community. By the time he retired in 2017, he had had friends shot and killed, shot and crippled for life, and the city of Dallas took away a large portion of officers' pensions. He still loved the job, however, because he wanted to help people. He had a college degree in marketing, and the criminal justice majors who went into police work seemed to not know any more about police work than anyone else. Don't waste your time on that. Just get through the academy, get good practical experience, and have the right mindset.
retired detecdtive's wife