What Education Is Required to Become a Police Officer?


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The educational requirements to become a police officer range from a high school diploma or GED to a certain amount of college credits or a college degree. To work in a federal agency, a bachelor's degree is required.

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What Education Is Required to Become a Police Officer?
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Many police officers take coursework in criminal justice, political science and police science. It is also a good idea to take additional language courses. All police officers must complete a training program that normally lasts for 12 to 14 weeks. Training programs teach potential police officers about state laws, civil rights, fire arm safety, first aid, local ordinances, and self-defense. Felony conviction, illegal drug use, poor credit history, DWI or DUI may all disqualify an applicant from a career in law enforcement.

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