How to Pass Police Recruitment

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Police recruitment is an extensive and demanding process that requires individuals to demonstrate physical, emotional and mental strength. To become a police officer, candidates should research local requirements and plan to invest considerable energy into preparing for the required tests. Getting ready for the challenge can help aspiring police officers complete the recruitment process with positive results.

Things You'll Need

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • State-issued driver's license
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Research the requirements for your desired police job. To determine the specific requirements for your state or city, visit your local municipal website for information on your police department. Also, consider whether you will be applying for consideration as an officer at the city, county and state level, because requirements and process may vary between local and state police. For a directory of police or regulatory departments for your state, visit Officer.com to research your area.

  • Talk to a police recruiter. If available, speak to a police recruiter to review the requirements and solicit advice on ways to adequately prepare for written testing, the physical evaluation and the interview process.

  • Meet education and age requirements for police recruits for your area. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some departments may require a high school diploma for consideration, and state police may require an associate's or bachelor's degree or a specific number of collegiate credit hours. Confirm the accepted age for consideration and make sure you fall within the guidelines.

  • Stay drug-free. Candidates in the application process will be subjected to drug testing. Do not take any illegal substances and stay clear of environments where contact exposure to illegal substances may surface in your test results.

  • Possess the desired licensing and citizenship status. Most states will require that recruits have an active state-issued driver's license in good standing, which means no vehicular offenses or violations within a specified time frame. You will also be required to provide proof of your U.S. citizenship, and for some areas proof of residence within a city or county.

  • Keep your personal background free of any convictions or criminal violations. Police recruits undergo extensive background checks to confirm that they are citizens with good moral character. Many cities and states will require a clear background, including no misdemeanor or felony convictions. You may be required to explain any errant listings on your record, and any violations could potentially disqualify you from consideration.

  • Commit to physical fitness. You will be required to demonstrate your physical ability to endure the stress of physical training and fitness testing. Candidates will be asked to pass a physical examination and will be subjected to cardiovascular and strength assessments in training and in initial application consideration. Determine what criteria will be evaluated by discussing the recruitment process with your recruiter, or researching the recruitment information made available to you online through your local police department.

  • Attend all orientation, information and testing events. Police recruitment commonly includes orientation or information sessions that provide recruits with important information about what to expect in the recruitment process and police academy training. Some departments may make attendance at these events mandatory. To stay prepared and aware, attend all recruit sessions.

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