How to Become a Police Liaison Officer


A police liaison officer is a police officer who is assigned to be the liaison between a particular community and the police departments. He is the resource person on law enforcement and public safety issues in certain environments. For example, a police liaison officer can be assigned to a school, senior center, community center, public housing project or even a courtroom, as a court liaison officer. One has to become a police officer first before being assigned as a police liaison officer. Each police department has its own requirements for becoming an officer, but there are some general requirements that apply almost anywhere.

  • Be at least 18 years old. In most police departments you have to be 18 years old before your application for joining the police force can be considered.

  • Have a high school diploma or GED. A basic high school education is necessary to join any police department.

  • Be physically fit. You definitely will be required to pass a physical fitness examination, so you should work on developing strength and conditioning.

  • If you are planning on attending college, consider a degree in criminal justice, as this will help your application. While any degree will be helpful, a degree in criminal justice or criminal justice classes will familiarize you with some law enforcement issues.

  • Find out the specific requirements of the police department in your area or the location where you will like to work and start to meet them. The next step is to apply. Most police training is paid, so once you are accepted into the police academy you will be paid during the course of your training. (See Resources below for all police academies in the U.S.)

  • Cultivate the necessary skills required to become a liaison officer. Most police liaison officers work in schools as a positive law enforcement presence for the students. The liaison officer also teaches law enforcement- related classes and serves as a counselor to and resource for students. You need to be comfortable with young people and with being a teacher and mentor to do this job. Volunteering at an after-school program for kids or being a camp counselor is good experience to have (see Resources below).

  • Request to be assigned as a police liaison officer. Once you have graduated from the academy and are now a police officer, find out the requirements in your particular police department and ask to be assigned as a police liaison officer.

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