The college requirements of police officers vary by state. Those wishing to enter the police academy should check with their state or local police force to be sure they meet the minimum education requirements.
Generally, every police force requires its officers to have at least a high school diploma or GED. Some require their officers to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree while others want at least some college hours. Many police organizations will offer to help an officer pay for college, but again, each police force is different.
Many people who choose law enforcement as a career path choose to take criminal justice classes. However, classes in social work, sociology and psychology are also very beneficial in law enforcement. Although a college education is not always necessary in law enforcement, it can help a career.
Besides varying education requirements, an applicant to the police force must also have a valid driver's license and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must be at least 18 years old in some states and 21 in others.
People who want to apply for a position as a police officers should have a clean credit record and no felony convictions. Any person with a misdemeanor for a sexual crime of domestic violence may be disqualified and those with a DUI conviction may find it hard to be accepted anywhere.