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Becoming a police officer

Helpful Police Work Experience for Getting Hired

In some cases, considered to be even more important than education itself, related job experiences can be the difference maker in setting yourself apart from the other applicants. Extensive police work experience can also show potential employers that you are aware of the career you are getting yourself into and that you are as ready as you can be to start working. A variety of different job experiences are usually better than having the same kind of experience for multiple years, although if you carry several years as say, a security guard, that should be plenty. A list of possible types of police-related work experience can be acquired from jobs dealing with security or theft-prevention, the military, or any type of leadership position. The trick is to find something you enjoy doing and then trying to tie it in with a similar type of police job (such as a canine unit if you love animals). Do your best to take advantage the ideas listed below.

What You Can Do:

  • Get a job working some form of security
  • Work part time as a community service officer, public aide, or cadet
  • Serve in the military and gain invaluable leadership/tactical experience
  • Go on at least 1 ride-along with a police officer
  • Volunteer to assist police officers (there are times when police officers need volunteers to roleplay)
  • Tour the police department and become familiar with it
  • Learn the basics about firearms and practice your shooting skills
  • Talk with a police officer and learn as much as you can from him/her
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