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How to become a Police Officer

To be trained as a police officer in a police academy, one must be a U.S. citizen that's at least 21 years old with a high school diploma and no criminal convictions. One can pursue a criminal justice course and then join the police force. A potential candidate for a police officer job has to be medically and physically fit, prudent financially and must meet the vision and hearing requirements. Applicants are given written tests, undergo background checks, drug tests and are psychologically evaluated.

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Typical qualifications for a Police Officer

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Police Officer jobs in United States

Hooksett, NH Police Department
Hooksett, NH
$51,833 - $71,947 a year
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1 hour ago
Live Oak, TX
$55,530 - $71,430 a year
2 weeks ago
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department4.3
Las Vegas, NV
$60,728 - $86,450 a year
9 hours ago
Tenet Healthcare3.6
Worcester, MA
1 day ago
City of Memphis, TN3.9
Memphis, TN
$54,611 a year
9 hours ago
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Career progression for Police Officer

Education levels for Police Officers

Based on the requirements of Police Officer job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED3.0%
Bachelor's degree2.0%
Associate's degree1.0%
Master's degree0.0%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Police Officer in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$36,600
4 - 8$37,300
8 - 12$41,000
12 - 16$43,900
16 - 20$44,500
20 - 24$44,200
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Common questions about career advices for a Police Officer

What qualifications do I need to be a police officer?

To become a police officer you will need to graduate high school or get a GED, get a bachelor's degree (optional) and graduate from the police academy. Each state or city may have additional requirements.

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How many college credits do you need to become a police officer?

Each state has different requirements for how many college credits are required to become a police officer. Many states and police academies require around 30 college credits to enroll in the police academy.

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How can a police officer remain competitive?

Police officers aiming to be professionally competitive can further their education by enrolling for a criminal justice degree. The degree increases their skills set and can help them get jobs in forensics, crime scene investigations, paralegal, corrections or to become FBI or DEA agents.

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