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What do I need to do in order to become a police officer?

I'm almost 16 years old and I want to become a police officer, but I don't know what all I need to do in order to accomplish that. Please help!! I'm a sophomore in high school and I'm planning on graduating a year early, so I could really use some help soon! Oh, and if this changes anything, I'm a female.

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stay clean and do college classes that gear towards your degree. There are some programs out there where you can start taking college classes early. :)

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Stay clean!!

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I like your profile pic lol
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Well you can only get hired when you are 21 so get some work experience and go to college. Military helps too. btw major in any degree doesn't have to be criminal justice

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Where i live there is an explorers progam with the precent nearby my school where you get to do things with actual police officers like you learn how to arrest ppl...etc and theres a lot of activities that give community service so thats a plus if you got to your local precent you can ask if they have that program (i live in ny not sure if they do it other places) or you can just ask them at the precent im sure they can help out or ask your guidance counsler too at school

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Graduate HS, Go to college take criminal justice classes and here you have to be 21 idk about other states any way, go to police academy...and idk if they have it where you are but there is a place really for people with behavior issues but anyone can go, its called job corp, they will help you alot after you graduate you can get handgun license, taser and mace license, and they will help you get a job after you complete program aswell

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If you want some practical experience join the military and sign for Dog Handler, Security police, Military Police, or just Administration. While in the military take courses through either University of Maryland, Ball State, or City College of Chicago. I think those were the ones that offered extension courses. Take subjects pertaining to Criminal Justice or maybe Sociology. Or just go for your Associate then BS degree after HS. You could also work for a sheriff who is running for office and he might hire you as a Deputy if not civil service.

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You can be hired as a temporary 'sidewalk cop' when you are between 18 and 21 at some smaller Departments. However you must have at least a 2 year degree from an accredited college or, some departments require you to have a 4 year degree to get permanently hired. Although, to be honest some small town 'Country Departments' are not all up to the same standards.

The bottom line: To get a good job at a professional department you MUST go to college.

Even some of the county Sheriffs require college.

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Graduate high school
Join the military
While in the military join the military police ( mp )
Go for 3 years when you get out go to the police academy
When your 22or 23 your a cop
The paper work police officers need to do is crazy

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What kind of paper work do they have to fill out? And is there just a lot of it?
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The paper work for every incident that happens my neighbor is a cop so he tells me
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Oh gotcha! Thanks!
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Just gotta be physically fit and mentally stable!!
To all the people that say go take Criminal Justice classes...you're wrong most departments won't hire people of that field because they rely to much on the book and lack the street skills that is needed to be a cop(I know several cops). Criminal Justice majors are more likely to be in Corrections, like a corrections officer or a probation officer or parole officer'

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