Information on becoming a police officer is available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website, BLS.gov, as of June 2015. Individual police departments, such as the LAPD and NYPD, also provide information online.
Visitors to the BLS.gov home page can perform a search for police and select Police and Detectives: Occupational Outlook Handbook for information on careers. The How to Become a Police Officer or Detective link on that page provides general information and requirements for becoming a police officer.
Applicants to be a police officer must meet an age and education minimum. They must also pass a physical exam and a background check. If accepted, applicants are trained as recruits before becoming police officers.