If you’re interested in becoming an officer of the law, you will need special training to achieve your goal. Law enforcement training typically applies to individuals who have already completed a college degree and/or have military experience. There are several things you can do to make yourself a more attractive candidate to the law enforcement agency of your choice:
1. Get good grades. It seems obvious, but high marks demonstrate an attention to detail and a good work ethic which will serve you well in your future career. If you’re in college, try to take a variety of courses including criminal justice, psychology, and other social sciences.
2. Maintain your physical fitness. This will be an important part of your qualification for training. Are you fit? Can you depend on your body to not let you down in a time of stress? Luckily, this factor is easy for you to control – if you’re not fit, get off the computer and go get some exercise!
3. Background Check / References. Any law enforcement training program will require you to undergo a background check. If there’s a skeleton in your closet, the investigators will find out about it, so be prepared to explain yourself or even better, confide in them upfront. Make sure you have dependable people to use as your references, and don’t rely on people who don’t know you well. If you’re not sure that someone will give you a good reference, then don’t submit their name – you obviously don’t know the person well enough.
4. Drug Test. This is self explanatory, but bears repeating – do not, under any circumstances, use drugs that could lead to you becoming blacklisted from the training program. It sounds surprising, but there are some misguided individuals who attempt this. There is no way to beat a drug test, and you will cause yourself more harm by attempting to get around the system.
Follow these steps and you will soon be on your way to qualifying for a law enforcement training program.