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Basic Requirements

Basic mandatory requirements for recruitment: 

  • High School Graduation or diploma
  • At least 21 years of age
  • US Citizen
  • Clean criminal record
  • No history of excessive alcohol or drug use
  • Excellent vision, including color

Other requirements (non mandatory)

  • B.A degree
  • First Aid
  • Written and spoken communication skills

Occupation Outlook

Police Officer Median Salary

$65,170 per year
$31.33 per hour

Occupational Outlook 
New positions, 2019 – 2028: 37,500

Standard Law Enforcement Exams

There is no national, standard police entrance exam.  Exams vary by state and agency, but are broadly similar, and all have these basic types of questions:

  • Memory and recognition
  • Spatial/Directional orientation
  • Situational judgement and reasoning
  • Reading comprehension
  • Grammar, usage, writing, vocabulary and spelling
  • Basic math and problem solving

Physical Requirements

Most departments have the following requirements: 

  • Running (1/2 or 1 mile)
  • Sit-ups, push-ups or similar
  • Stair-climb
  • Simulated victim carry
  • Obstacle course
  • Clean medical exam
  • Physiological assessment

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