How To Be A Cop
Are you wondering how to be a cop, what steps you need to take? It takes dedication, endurance, and patience, but you can be a cop if you are willing to do the work. After all as of 2010, the average income for a cop or police officer was $35,600 to $59,880 a year.
- Get your diploma. It is necessary to have a high school diploma or G.E.D. to be a cop. If you did not graduate high school, enroll in an adult education program and earn your G.E.D.
- Get a college degree. With a competitive job market, you need to bring your A game. If you want to be a cop, get the best education possible. Most four year colleges offer bachelor's degree programs in Criminal Justice. You are not, however, limited to Criminal Justice. Degree programs also cover cyber forensics, crime scene investigation, and communication technologies. With so many online universities you can obtain this degree from any location including your home. With a bachelor's degree, not only can you have a better chance to be a cop, but you could also secure advance positions in the future.
- Apply to the academy. Once you have decided which branch of law enforcement you want to pursue, apply for a spot at their academy. Most city, county, and state law enforcement facilities require new recruits to train through their own police academy. Some facilities cover the costs of the academy if you guarantee that you will work for them. You are not required to work for that specific location if you attend their academy, but by not doing so you could be responsible for the costs.
- Apply for jobs. After graduating from an academy, you must apply for a specific position. Check job boards for law enforcement agencies. Most facilities such as county or city post openings on their local website or with their local newspaper. Check these job boards often and apply to all agencies for which you want to be a cop.