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Police Patrol Officers

Education

Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college, or higher, degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency's training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications.

Related College Majors

Criminal Justice/Police Science. - More About This Major

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Average Tuition (excluding room and board) for Schools with this major: $5,663.00 per year

Military Training

Job training consists of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Course content typically includes:

  • Civil and military laws
  • Investigation and evidence collection procedures and techniques
  • Prisoner control and discipline
  • Use of firearms and hand-to-hand defense techniques
  • Traffic and crowd control procedures

General Qualifications

Communication skills. Police and detectives must be able to speak with people when gathering facts about a crime and to express details about a given incident in writing.Empathy. Police officers ne...

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Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service

Most Common Education Levels

The level of education attained by people currently working in this career.

Most Common Education

Schools with the Highest Enrollment for Featured Major

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School
Number of Students
Houston Community College
93,625
Austin Community College District
70,452
East Los Angeles College
56,395
College of Southern Nevada
56,364
Rio Salado College
56,031
Pima Community College
53,250
Columbus State Community College
50,240
George Mason University
49,345
City College of San Francisco
48,279
American River College
47,974
Data supplied by Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center of Education Statistics, Defense Manpower Data Center. (View our update schedule). Contact any business, college or military service branch to answer additional questions.