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When I complete my degree in Criminal Justice I want to get a job at a police department. I have not put much thought in where I would like to start my career as that is still three and a half years away. However, I do know I want to be a cop. Most agencies require you to be 21 years of age when you apply for their department. More often than not you are also required to have a four-year degree.
In Illinois there is a physical fitness test that you are required to pass in order to be considered for the department. This test includes: a mile and a half run timed, one-minute sit ups, sit and reach, and bench press depending on height/weight/gender. On top of this you are also given a written test that you must pass before being considered for training and hire. Police departments encourage sending yourself to the Academy before applying for a position so you can jump right into field training and you also save the department money because they do not have to pay for you to go to training.
An example of a police department is Washington D.C. police department in Virginia. They have specialized units, emergency response teams, and detectives. For ranks in order from highest to lowest they have: Chief, Assistant Chief, Commander, Inspector, Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Master Patrol Officer, Patrol Officer First Class, Patrol Officer, and Recruit Officer. As you can see these are a lot of positions some police departments will have the same number of positions others will have way less positions and not as many ranks available.
The amount of job opportunities available at the local law enforcement level is tremendous. This is not including court houses, jails, prisons, and federal law enforcement. The list goes on and on, however what makes this so important is the competition for the spots available. You need to focus on keeping a clean record, getting good transcripts, and social ties as you get ready to begin your career.
Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. (n.d.). Retrieved October 19, 2016,
Discover Policing. (n.d.). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from