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    Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement: Education requirements range from a high schooldiploma to a college degree or higher. Most police and detectives learn much ofwhat they need to know on the job, often in their agency's training academy.Civil service regulations govern the appointment of police and detectives inmost states, large municipalities, and special police agencies, as well as inmany smaller jurisdictions. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications.


    Manyentry-level applicants for police jobs have completed some formal postsecondaryeducation, and a significant number are college graduates. Many juniorcolleges, colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement oradministration of justice. Many agencies pay all or part of the tuition forofficers to work toward degrees in criminal justice, police science,administration of justice, or public administration and pay higher salaries tothose who earn one of those degrees.


    Beforetheir first assignments, officers usually go through a period of training. Instate and large local police departments, recruits get training in theiragency's police academy, often for 12 to 14 weeks. In small agencies, recruitsoften attend a regional or State academy. Training includes classroominstruction in constitutional law and civil rights, State laws and localordinances, and accident investigation.


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