While a career in law enforcement may sound desirable to many, it's not for everyone. In fact, most successful police officers fall under a certain
category of personality types, such as the following: introverted, sensing, feeling, & judging (ISFJ).
Typically, people with the ISFJ traits are loyal,
observant, critical thinkers, detail-oriented, enjoy serving others, value stability & tradition, and have an acute sense of morality (which helps distinguish right
from wrong). Police officers will have to deal with almost every type of scenario imaginable throughout their careers, including having to deal with people out of control on a regular basis,
life or death sitatutions, and must be able to make solid decisions in split seconds. In addition to having the right personality, becoming a cop will require quite a bit of
hard work, dedication, and a clean rap sheet (meaning that there is nothing
on your criminal record that could lead to disqualification, such as a DUI, domestic violence, or even too many speeding tickets). Once you are able to determine whether or not you
meet the basic requirements to become a police officer, then start searching for departments that appear to be hiring. Keep in mind that every police department will
have their own set of standards and specific requirements which must be adhered to in order to progress. If you have special circumstances or aren't quite sure whether or not
you would qualify, don't be afraid to give the police department a call.