Here are some of the basic requirements to become a police officer in the US. Note some agencies may have additional requirements
Are you 16 years old, or maybe you are 17, 18 or even 19 or 20 years old and you are dead set on joining the force when you are 21. Here are 12 tips to help you prepare:
Most local and state departments require you to pass a physical agility test which involves situps, pushups, and running. can be difficult or impossible if you have not been training before the test.
If you lack upper body strength, try doing some bodyweight exercises at home. You can do this by doing as many push-ups as you can in 1 minute. Do this 3 times a week for 2-3 months straight and you’ll increase your pushups over 35%.
You will also have to do 35-40 situps in 1 minute and complete a 1.5 mile run in anywhere from 10:45 to 12:25. The application for the department you are applying for should detail the exact standards that are used for their particular department.
Some department’s physical agility testing, such as the NYPD, you are required to run a course set up as if you were on the streets. This course is timed, and you must meet or exceed this time in order to continue to the next step.
There is usually a sand dummy used (weighing up to 200+ lbs at times) at the end of the course which you must drag or carry a certain distance while wearing a weighted gun belt.
Practice running a full-on active course (walls, fences, steps, tires, etc.) and then at the end, try to move a dead weight jointed sand dummy more than 15 feet. You’ll be amazed at how difficult it is. So practice! Wear a weighted belt as you practice to get used to the extra bulk and weight – usually about 20 lbs will do for a realistic feel.
The police written test is mainly focused on how well you can remember details (as well as how good your written English skills are). They want to know that when you give a description of a person (i.e. suspect, victim, etc.) that it is as accurate as possible. This is very important to your job.
Pay attention to the small details that most people usually forget or never even notice. You can practice this at a park where there are “walkers” (someone who is walking a track, and will pass you several times). Take a pad and writing tool with you, sit on a bench near the track and wait.
When someone passes you on the track, watch the person (don’t stalk him or her, you may get the real police called on you!). After the person has gone out of sight, write down all you remember about him or her. When the person comes back around the track, see how well you did.