When you ask a little boy of what he wants to be when he grows up you often here the answer that he wants to become a Police Officer. While this idea might change over the years, there is a still a surprising large number of people who come out of school or college who want to serve as a police officer. Being a cop is a dangerous job, but it is also a job that fills one with pride. It is an honor to serve as a police officer + it is a very interesting job so to speak. Who hasn’t watched one of those TV shows where the good prevailed because of a police officer (male or female does not matter) who went above and beyond of what a normal human being would be able to handle.
How do you become a police officer? What does a Police Officer Job Description look like? There are quite a few hurdles to overcome before you can be a police officer. For one there is a lot of competition for these kind of jobs and second the selection process is fierce and the physical and emotional demands are extremely high. In addition you have to pass a polygraph test and a psychological exam before even accepted at a police academy. A very strict education is between the recruits and the moment of being sworn in as a police officer.
Having a career as a police officer is very rewarding in many different ways. While the financial aspect is very important, but for many police officers it is more about the job itself. Saving someone’s life or putting a bad guy behind bars and protecting the public is a very important part of the job and being a police officer provides this type of opportunity. Most people will never have that opportunity, but a police officer can make a difference with his actions. Pride and honor are an important part of the motivation that drives someone to become a police officer more than money and a good retirement package.
However, it is important to note that a police officer usually earns a very decent salary and enjoys the option to retire usually after 25 years of service. Many deputies use that opportunity to move into a career at security companies or else where someone with a strong background in safety and security is needed. As an example many larger companies have their own security force to protect employees and facilities and many cops have found a great second career that way.
To become a police officer you have to be accepted at a police academy. You have to go through a lot of training and you have to be physically able to perform the job. Upon graduation from a police academy recruits usually find a “home” with one of the sponsoring agencies. As an example the Jefferson County Police Academy is a joint venture between several police agencies and recruits will move into the different job roles with those agencies at the end, but go together through the classes and the training.
In my series of reviews about the different police academies here in Colorado I have listed the different requirements each police training academy has for candidates to be accepted. One of the toughest police academies to be accepted to is the Colorado State Patrol Training Academy. From my review you can see how tough this training program is and that many candidates will have to provide their best to become a recruit. As each academy has different rules on how to become a police officer I highly recommend that you spend some time reviewing the different options and talk to the recruiters via email, phone, or in person. Becoming a Police Officer is not easy, but if you put enough effort in you could be one of the chosen ones.