Becoming a Police Officer

The Uprising Job Of The Future

Skills and Training Needed To Become a Police Officer...

  1. Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college, or higher, degree.

  2. Police must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training.

  3. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21, and able to meet physical and personal qualifications.


  • Police officers are expected to know how to protect their community and the people in it
  • Enforce laws
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency calls
  • Patrol assigned areas
  • Conduct traffic stops and issue citations
  • Obtain warrants and arrest suspects
  • Write detailed reports and fill out forms
  • Prepare cases and testify in court

Job Opportunities and Pay

1. Possible employers
  • Police force
  • Private security
  • Federal Government
  • State Government

2. Salary

  • Median Salary
    • $56,980 per year
  • Estimated Per Hour pay
    • $27.40 per hour