To become a police officer, complete the required education level, send an application to a police department and finish the training program, according to After graduating from the police academy training pro... More » Government & Politics Law Enforcement

The average salary for police officers and detectives in 2012 was $56,980, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent earned more than $93,450, while the lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,060. More » Business & Finance Careers Salaries

People want to become police officers for different reasons, including helping to protect citizens of their community. Some go into law enforcement to help maintain a peaceful, law-abiding environment. More » Business & Finance Careers Career Aspirations
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